re: Ballmer Is Off The Matrix
That is exactly the point. Vista killed MS. It should be light, modular and efficient, to boost ultramobile market: it eventually was the opposite!
CE was let dying, Phone, Kin and Zune were horrible failures, desktop version with Vista gone after selling more and more powerful PCs, not to open new markets.
UMPC died, XP tablets died, even netbooks (super heavyweight of the ultraportable market) needed to install xp until 7 come out with some fixes to the disaster of Vista inefficiencies.
That's why Java OS and Linux took over set top box and feature phone markets, MS got marginalized even in mobile/embedded professional market, and everyone jumped on the iOS/Android bandwagon.
Next battle is cloud and online advertising/search/social: no wonder that MS being marginalized in providing the OS to access those services (already behind Linux... sorry, Android, and with such sales even iOS is a treat!) is tremendously disadvantaged compared to its situation a few years ago, while it slumbered trying to fight the change and release an heavier and heavier Longhorn kernel to force new hardware down the throats of users!
Not even MS can disgruntle the ultramobile world for more than a decade.
W8 is the final insult, the funny part it shots to the heart (calling it "legacy") the desktop that is the last MS strategic asset... and it got what it deserved, as everyone involved in this madness is now fired.