"then the numbers will start telling us what people actually like"
The numbers have already spoken. People like Android.
As the article postures - "at some point in the future, a smartmobe is docked at a thin-client terminal" - This is the natural progression for smartphones. Within the next 10 years I would not be surprised to see consumers owning only one computer - their smartphone. It will wirelessly broadcast to a paired 1080p display, wirelessly connect to a keyboard and mouse, wirelessly access the internet and wirelessly charge itself. All this while chrooting/jailing the user's personal 'space' from their work 'space'.
With the FAIL that is WinPHo, it's no wonder MSFT is shitting itself.
@AC: "Put a load of Linux PCs in PC World and watch sales DROP."
WTF? Android IS a linux distro.
Not only have you shown that you are an anonymous coward, you've also shown that you're a shit-for-brains!