Simsi - 10:08 pm on Nov 13, 2011 (gmt 0)
There's not a whole lot of point to pinning your hopes on Microsoft; they have made the wrong move at almost every single opportunity.
It's irrelevant anyway. Google have systematically taken out patents right the way down the line. Anyone that gets remotely close to challenging their dominance will just find themselves in the midst of a situation similar to that which is happening in the mobile phone sector: patent wars, blocking many new developments and stifling growth.
IMO whatever Google does now you have to learn to roll with it.