Re: No surprise
iPhones do just fine. If they didn't, then they wouldn't be the biggest choice for both business and government today. Do,you see Microsoft phones and tablets above the small single digit share there? Anywhere? No.
Can Microsoft turn that around? Maybe. But people have to want the products first, and there's little evidence that they do. Of course, there is that low single digit share, but it shrunk this year, everywhere.
I speak to business people too. Some in rather large businesses. There seems to be little interest in these Microsoft devices, despite the supposed advantages. They are indicated for some specialized functions, but overall, their maintenance is much higher than iOS devices, which is usual with Windows based machines.
So until we see larger investments being made in these devices by large organizations, I won't be convinced.
I was a principal in a large commercial photo lab for many years, until we sold it in 2004. I was one of the first labs around the world to go digital in 1988, when I bought the Crossfield system for editing and correcting photos. Then I retired from active business, though I do a lot of investing, and some advising to companies. I've been involved with computers since I took Fortran four back in high school in 1966. I designed equipment for companies such as HBO and Showtime. I did work for Microsoft, and they kept sending me tons of all their software for years, until I told them to quit. I've got a number of patents in speaker design, though most have expired. I was a partner in a professional audio electronics firm, where I designed analog and early digital equipment as well as the mentioned speakers. I used to teach PC DOS way back when, and before that, built my own S-100 bus computers, when building your own computer meant designing and building your own circuit boards, and writing your own basic, as well as converting old teletype machines to use as a printer. I programmed 3D software on VAX's. Basically, I did a lot of things, in the industry and out if it.
I find it amusing that some still insist that only Microsoft's products are truly relevant to business, when it's become glaringly obvious that it's no longer true. Microsoft has been doing a very good job in some areas, but have badly fumbled in others, and are being pushed out. IT loves Microsoft, as it gives them job security, but many business people I know can't wait to get them out of the shop.