Re: Flash/Non Flash.
Let's take these a point at a time:
Windows Phone rot - 1.5% market share? According to IDC, it's 2.5%, and higher in the US. Even so, 1.5% is a good few handsets in its own right. It's squeezed out Blackberry, which isn't a bad performance for a platform that really is (too?) late to the party.
Nobody writes apps for that platform - OK, how about Cisco for a start, or Microsoft themselves. Maybe EA if you're into games. 120,000 apps isn't too shabby, so to say nobody is stretching it.
Consumers consider apps a must - Really? After a few games, it's mainly social media apps, email, browser and music apps. While a geek consumer may want a hundred apps to do the same job, average Joe, isn't nearly as fussed. Businesses might like to see more focused business apps.
MS has a poor record on hardware - Consumers don't currently 'see' MS hardware on phones - they see Nokia (or the odd HTC WinPho). Even if they did, poor record on hardware? MS have had the odd issue, but no worse than any other manufacturer. Look how many old MS mice there still are out there for a start.
...lies and mistruth - General consumers, again, haven't seen headlines on that area from MS in the mainstream press for sometime and they aren't so fickle anyway. If they were, more recent stores about Google's policies on information peddling would have them flocking away from Android and Chromebook, but they don't.
To close, vive la difference. If everything collapsed down to Android and a niche of iOS (now there is a declining share), where's the choice? Do we really want Google 'owning' all mobile devices in the same way MS 'owned' PCs? Why trust Google any more than MS?
Windows Phone is a worthwhile, easy to use, lean platform, even if MS haters are blinded by prejudice and Fandroids sneer. Its biggest sin? It was too late to a market already invaded by dumpster loads of cheap Android and established Apple.