The people complaining are not Microsoft fans. Let's be honest, they had no intention of writing apps for Windows 8.1. They just wanted to get their hands on the final bits early so they could raise fear, uncertainty and doubt before the general public saw the final product in hopes of thwarting MS again. I think MS is doing the right thing by releasing to everyone at the same time.
Fresh fruits & veggies, whole grains, no smoking or chewing tobacco, eating meat sparingly, one by one all of the health guidelines outlined by the LDS Church in the 1800's have been adopted by modern health advocates. Finally the ban on coffee joins the list.
To compete with cheap Android tablets they need to release a $199 mini tablet. Some Xbox branding would help with this product. To compete with the iPad they need a new RT variant with upgraded V2 specs. To compete with full tablets, netbooks and laptops they need an updated Pro model with V2 specs.
I think Microsoft has been evolving for a few years now. It started with Silverlight and spread to Asp.Net and even to Windows Phone. They now embrace open source software and even make some of their own projects open. They are in the process of accelerating their release cycles (something that the Silverlight team did from day one). They are adapting to changing conditions and that includes WindowsPhone.
It should advance legitimately instead of just copying other people's stuff. Java 8 is simply playing catch-up to C# at this point. They need to come up with their own ideas and contribute something new.
C# was a fusion of Java, C++ and Delphi. Java 8 is just playing catch-up, sucking in all the innovation that the Microsoft guys have been doing over the past decade. I think you're right that Microsoft is innovating and blazing new trails at a much faster rate than Oracle can copy.
After years of saying java didn't need C# features they go and steal tons of them from C#! Whether it's properties, lambdas, function pointers or async/await, the Java community has always insisted that those features weren't necessary and that Java was no worse for omitting them. Now they go and steal them and put them into their products and everyone will declare them innovative new Java features. Last month it was Apple stealing the "Metro" UI from Windows Phone. Now this. Is Microsoft the ONLY company doing anything innovative anymore?
The real story here isn't about the lower revenue or the increase in iPhone sales. The real story here is the drop in iPad sales. in a time where tablets are supposed to be eating the PC's lunch, the iPad is dropping in sales faster than the PC. Why wasn't that the headline?
For born-analog content, always keep the original physical copy. You never know when you will need to rescan at a higher quality or when you will discover errors in your digital copy. DVDs are not born analog. In fact the only have a shelf life of around 7 years. You need to get everything off DVDs and make several digital copies of it. You should keep the DVDs as long as possible but eventually you will not be able to read them anymore. Make sure your digital copies of the DVDs are error-free because there will come a time when you cannot go back to the DVDs.
Seriously, I think I'll pick up some MS shares on Monday. The market overreacted and MS is stronger than ever. As others have mentioned, even with this drop MS is still up 17% for the year while Apple is down 20% for the year.