Microsoft is a technology company headed by a board that for some reason believed that their "platform" they were standing on was burning and they started buying "service" companies to counter that while at the same time burning their base.
let's face it, had they just made windows 10 into a regular operating system without all of the crap, had just put a decent start menu on there and had not broken all configurability about running services - they could have sold them at 100 bucks a pop quite a lot.
had they made windows 8 just a better version of windows 7, they would have sold that one quite a lot too. now literally only people I knew who installed windows 8 either got it for free along with the computer OR they needed it to run latest visual studio(for no actual reason at all except a version check in the sw, no doubt to prop up the install numbers even slightly).
Microsoft has always made their money from their technology being good enough, but spending 26 billion dollars on a 2.6 billion dollar company is just a symptom of how the board consists of idiots. total idiots.
and look, it's very easy to prove that they are idiots.
look at MS acquisitions for past 6 years. they are idiots. look at what they have tried to focus on and with what. they are idiots.
Buying Nokia Smartphones division only to do absofuckinglutely nothing with it: Idiot move.
Spending money on windows phone without bothering to spend it where it counts, while making it less feature rich than predecessor: Total Idiot move.
Using Zune as basis for a smartphone os: TOTAL Idiot move.
Fantasizing that they would get 30% of all photoshop sales by making an app platform that doesn't have the api's to EVEN FUCKING MAKE A DECENT PHOTOSHOP CLONE, totally idiotic. the single biggest idiotic thing about their windows8 launch was trying to push an app platform that could not do same things previous platform(plain old win32 apps) could! WHY WOULD ANYONE GET ON THAT!?? also as it happens Adobe pre-empted any such dreams with going with their own subscription cloud system at the same time as insurance against paying MS 30%.
Screwing up their chances on tablet market with releasing a tablet that can not have same kind of apps as competition: Idiot move (surface rt - it's shit and anyone who invested in that platform got burnt). the api's were and are severely lacking for doing anything mildly interesting - you might just as well only have a web browser, which is just as fine since you don't have a choice of what web browser you want because of the api's.
spending nearly hundred mil on trying to get developers onboard windows phone and said windows rt with incentives and flying "evangelists" around the globe dishing out free lunches with anyone who signed up: IDIOT MOVE, because said evangelists would just tell you that you don't need to have such and such funtionality in an API even when your companys application cannot be ported before such functionality emerges, he just said that I don't need to play mp3's in my app from the devices media library while my app is in the background(there were api's to play from the network, or from within the app while in background and to play from the medialibrary while the app was in foreground - why the fuck even bother with building a medialibrary api then).
they would also tell you how to make "games" using user interface components for sprite drawing and such, which is totally idiotic and frankly really fucking shameful. there I was waiting for the free lunch while this young idiot from washington was explaining how to make a game with 7 sprites and 5 collision boxes run "smoothly" on the platform - and that was billed on the agenda as low level knowledge of the platform - fuck, if you do that then at least if they had bothered to send someone who knew xna would have been nice! and wasn't so fucking stupid and arrogant! he literally knew as much as some guy who had been working with windows phone for two weeks would have known - and not only that, he knew nothing of any other platform, including desktop windows, so it was really puzzling why the f it was this guy they sent.
MS would be better off technologically and financially had they not spent ANY CENT on Metro or Windows Phone and had not BOUGHT ANY COMPANY in the past 6 years.. Their Operating System would be far more desirable, they could have retained Windows CE dominance in some POS and handheld Scanners etc(which they now lost) and most importantly they wouldn't have pissed off most of their users and developers working on the platform.
Azure stuff okay, that's not _totally_ stupid - but being stupid in the other fields is something that has diminished the value of that as well.