But if you were a hardware maker, why would you even bother with windblows when you have established systems around that you know people *will* buy as opposed to what m$ hopes people *might* buy.
Because the market could change. Windows 8 hasn't caught on because it's terrible, but you don't necessarily know what the market is going to do until it gets there.
The only problem is that a lot of people have tried Fone7, and the declared 'this sux like goatse, and we hate it'.
Windows has 5.6% of the market, which is probably better than most android makers except samsung, and nokia has most of that market. They're actually doing reasonably well some places. Oddly.
As I say, the crux of the problem is that windows 8 is terrible. Even on a tablet (either definition of tablet) it's terrible. There's no doubt that it's terrible. But if you're one of the android makers that isn't samsung anything you can do to get sales is good. And Surface Pro particularly is a laptop competitor, not really an ipad competitor. People still want proper computers to go with their tablets, and will for some time yet. Although I certainly agree that the laptop market is going to get squished, all those guys (asus, alienware, HP, Dell, Lenovo, Toshiba, Sony) are still making and selling laptops for the moment, and so want to have something in that segment worth buying.
Unfortunately, no one wants windows 8 or linux on a productivity device, at least not in any significant volumes, so sales are weak overall. But well. We've already agreed that windows 8 is a trainwreck, and linux with its 2% marketshare isn't magically exploding at the moment.