Name ONE successful (and profitable) Consumer Electronics item from MS!
Just ONE. Can't do it can you? I can, however, make a list of their failures and money pits...lets see:
Xbox (never profitable, any generation)
Surface (RT or Pro)
I could go on, but you get the picture. MS has been trying for YEARS to be successful in the consumer electronics space, but all they have done is flush BILLIONS of dollars down the drain! This latest attempt, to put "Windows Everywhere" is hugely misguided. I, and millions of other users, LOATHE Windows..ESPECIALLY Windows 8! We neither want, nor need Windows infecting our other devices. There are already superior platforms for phones, tablets, and even desktop computers...people use Windows, not because they love it, but because of simple inertia. Now that they have to basically relearn how to use the new OS, many people, myself included, have decided to move on to alternative platforms and avoid MS completely.
As for Xbox? WHY would ANYONE want to pay the same price as the competing PS4 for a console that isn't as powerful and that runs at lower resolutions and/or frame rates? Halo? PLEASE. The Xbox (D)One was a failure the moment they announced the specs...and no amount of "cloud computing" secret sauce, DX12 magic fairy dust or other software optimizations is going to fix the inherent problem of them using an underpowered GPU and slower memory! It's over, they lost.