I find it funny that MS is now the only major OS vendor that isn't running on a UNIX base.
You find it funny that a company which has invested decades of work into an OS and kernel doesn't just up and dump what they have in favour of having to derive and modify other people's work in ways that may or may not be compatible with the systems they have? You find it funny that a company that in the PC realm has far more market share than any Unix based system wouldn't just stop work and switch to Unix?
Seems like an uphill struggle as the world passes them by.
What part of their world is an uphill struggle which would be fixed by switching to Unix? Windows is a very solid system. Windows 8 even has some fantastic features under the hood. Most people hate the interface and the user interaction, neither of which would be solved by some magical Unix. What part of vitalising the garbage and migrating the garbage to some other system would make their work any less of an uphill struggle?
They should do an Apple and virtualise the old Windows code in a classic environment and switch to a UNIX base. Or just stop trying to make operating systems altogether and focus on software.
You sound like CEO material. I suggest you put this on your resume. "Blindly copying the worlds largest company because .... errr ... just because" is a critical skill and likely to score you one hell of a golden parachute.