You don't need to watch the "I'm a Mac, I'm a PC" commercials to see that Microsoft is taking a beating. You see it in the company's financials where its online unit, incredibly, is operating at a loss; overheating Xbox 360 consoles find the company taking a huge warranty hit for a system losing market share to the Wii; and the upgrade wave of its flagship operating system has been more of a ripple than a tsunami.
That last point is important. This was supposed to be Microsoft's final feast, the major last hurrah for its Windows Vista operating entry and its Office 2007 suite of applications before the inevitable embrace of cheaper open source operating systems and Web-based apps.
... In fact, even Microsoft will tell you that its fortunes peaked several months ago.
The opposing argument is a weak statement of faith, essentially "as it was in the beginning is as it is and always will be."