Can't be trusted ANY MORE?
Bloody hell, yoof of today.......
Microsoft have never been about technical excellence. Since day 1 they have been all about marketing and picking up 3rd party software from developers who have spotted a lack in the Microsoft environment and built a successful application to capitalise on this.
Anyone remember Netscape, for example? Built a massive business because the Microsoft browser was so bad. After many years IE became good enough(ish) and Netscape slowly died.
Microsoft Mail was dire and there was a whole industry of 3rd party mail systems and servers used by businesses to provide a decent service. Eventually Microsoft Exchange arrived and another set of third party businesses folded. Whatever happened to ccMail?
Networking and file serving. Dire under Windows. Novell owned the world with Netware. Now Windows provides enough and where is Novell?
So never trust Microsoft to do the honourable thing. Just trust them to slowly morph into the space occupied by others over a period of years. The Nokia take over should have seen them surge into the mobile marketplace. Perhaps next time?
The whole mobile market is still a mess. Phones and tablets now have the screen resolution and processing power to match bottom end laptops but they are still lacking "full fat" applications. Linux software developers have missed a major opportunity here IMHO. If I could get fully functional versions of, for example, Thunderbird, Pan, and LibreOffice on my Android tablet then I wouldn't need a Windows netbook for travelling. One set of applications shared between PC and mobile would also be a push to get users onto Linux.
[I haven't looked but how many popular apps from the Play Store have migrated to Linux?]
So my gloomy prediction is that over the next 2-3 years Microsoft will slowly but inexorably expand into the mobile space. Perhaps 5 years down the line nobody will be really aware that they weren't always there. All they need to do is win one hardware refresh cycle.
A real game changer would be if Intel produced a leading edge mobile platform which would run Windows cost effectively. Possibly more likely than a hardware abstraction layer being developed to allow Wintel programes to be run on ARM hardware. Then you could have Windows on everything and your problems with porting applications would go away.
TL;DR You trusted Microsoft? When, and more important why??