The Purpose of 10
I understood the idea of 10 was to re-launch the Windows store which was to push, sell or whatever its 'apps', (Appliances?, Apologies? Apostrophes? Apparatus? or whatever). As such I guess the thinking was that it had to get the greatest number of users ASAP.
Is someone now saying that it was intended to sell more hardware? At least being a 'cross over OS' perhaps they thought it might open a bridgehead for future hardware upgrades.
However, expecting magic hardware numbers from a very depressed and rather direction-less market was never going to be an assured success.
If the hardware cannot sell itself, why should the OS sell unwanted stuff?