Microsoft bring you the future
it's just they bring it several years too early. Or rather, they did under Gates. Ballamer, not so much.
MS had tablets out 10 years ago.
They had touch-based devices launching when Apple was launching the original iPod- and had things recognisable as 'Smartphones' (touchscreen, able to run complex apps, data connection, tethering, cut-and-paste, Office and email integration, etc) out in 2003.
They'd bought and launched WebTV back when Apple were still in beige boxes and turtlenecks.
They provided the tools that let the PC become the most advanced gaming platform in the world- when that lost popularity, they created and sold consoles that are now better selling than the much more entrenched PlayStation range
They created an OS that's going so strong after 10 years- a trick that Apple only managed by putting makeup on UNIX- that they're having to consciously _not_ include features in updates so that there's a bit of a reason to move to the new version. And they provided free updates for those 10 years- none of this 'ooh, it's named after a different Big Cat so it's totally worth my £50 or whatever it now' malarky.
They created the Multitouch smart-surface tech _that inspired Minority Report_, which (several years later) inspired the current breed of multitouch interfaces.
They did also create Windows ME, Microsoft BOB and miss the Internet ball totally- so they're definitely not infallible. But sometimes- just sometimes- they only fail because when they go to hit the nail on the head the nail hasn't even been made yet and the wood panel they're driving it into is still a tree.
So Microsoft DID bring you the future, and you didn't buy it because it was a bit heavy and wasn't shiny enough. Or you didn't know you wanted one until it was forced down your throat by the marketeers.
What's been added to smartphones since 2007 since BillG left and the iPhone was launched? Bugger all. They've gotten a few mm thinner and have multitouch (which, let's face it, is only used to zoom in and out). That's hardly the Future, is it?