re: Windows 8 Momentum Sputters
Unfortunately for Microsoft, Blue is very unlikely to help its rapidly failing Windows 8/Windows RT/Metro UI/apps store ecosystem.
Microsoft has never really innovated and simply reacted to others who have innovated and developed new markets; after seeing each wave of the future, Microsoft catches the back of the wave with hurriedly slapped-together, half-baked, me-too products and then used their monopoly power to muscle everyone else out of the way and take over, and then comes back with a big service pack to patch up the mess of the initial release.
That used to work back when there was no competition, no social media, and the world moved slower. But not anymore. The word now gets out and it gets out quickly, and product cycles are so fast people still remember the last crappy Microsoft product (e.g. Vista) they got burned with. Microsoft now only gets one chance to get it right, because first impressions of a product are now final impressions. No one gets a second chance anymore, especially Microsoft. And finally, each time Microsoft attempts to catch the back of a wave, another wave has already come along that they missed. Microsoft is now going to have to innovate or die, especially now that they they've abandoned the one and only market they had a lock on. And when I say "innovate", I mean developing brilliant products that people suddenly discover they just simply have to have, and which no other company makes. An that's simply not going to happen at Microsoft, so the only chance left to save Microsoft is for the board to fire the Ballmer Bozos and hire a new crew that refocuses the company on the enterprise and SMB.
No, like Louie might have said, the blue patch verse will be the same as the first, only with extra failure built in.