Re: WP / WM
Indeed, but that was more down to it being around at the wrong time. Manufacturing costs where high due to unit sales being low(actually quite high for the time but not enough to increase margins). The actual price of the devices has probably gone up a little compared to WM days but not greatly, its mainly that the margin has improved.
But at the very moment where unit sales would have improved thus would margins, MS stops development (for the most part, 6.5 was a dying knee jerk reaction an not a serious attempt) and cans it for a few of years to develop WP by which time two other concepts have landed on what WM built up and gained market dominance.
But anyway, lets not slate WM for the sake of it being "old" it was neglected but it still does a good job, its like the smart kid in school, great at most stuff, but hit every ugly branch on the way down.