Microsoft has lost the consumers, but it has not (yet) lost business. The people that think their tablets are intended for consumers are dead wrong. If consumers buy them great, but comparing iPad to Surface is an apples to oranges comparison.
No one is currently putting line of business apps on mobiles, neither iOS nor Android. They're designed for consumer utility and entertainment not LOBs. Microsoft is betting big that they can fill the vacuum and thus fortify their position with their biggest/best customers. Does Windows 8 on the desktop offer a poor user experience, the consensus seems to say yes. It's also pretty obvious that the Windows 8 UX wasn't designed for the desktop, it was designed for mobiles. Why would they do that? I think they're probably smelling the future. Desktops are becoming increasingly niche, slowly replaced by portable form factors. While business may lag in this trend I think Microsoft sees them going the same way. They've cast their chicken bones and are making a desperate gambit based on that reading to get back on top.
I'm shocked this attempt at making hay made it to the front page. I know that it's typical for crap to float to the top only to bury nerdworthy content but this one reaches a whole new level.
Take down notices are an ordinary part of modern life for a hosting service. Timothy are you asleep at the wheel or do you need to rejigger your rubber stamp bot?
This photo was taken on July 29, 2012 in Wenonah, Minneapolis, MN, US, using an Apple iPhone 4.
I guess even then Apple was directionally impaired. That's the bloody Mall of America in Bloomington, MN. And, I must say, when I saw that Microsoft was adding that store right next to Apple's I found myself laughing to tears. It made my night. Even now I get a snicker out of it when ever I walk by.
The solution of this problem is trivial and is left as an exercise for the reader.