Remember that kid in grade school who would brag how he could dunk the ball and shoot like Michael Jordan? He only was 5' 6" and about 195 lbs., but he was really confident and promised he'd deliver. So you picked him to be on your team.
You quickly learn his charismatic talk couldn't help him fight a way out of a paper bag. He couldn't deliver anything except bellows of hot air. He'd be the last kid picked in every game from then on, because he simply had nuthin'.
In the same vein that's Microsoft. The talk from Redmond is that of a great new world, big vision stuff with Windows 8, but like the playground kid, it too doesn't deliver. And while there are claims of 60 million Windows 8 licenses sold thus far (NOTE: That's licenses sold to OEMs not actual sales of PC's running Windows 8), there is little choice if buyers aren't going Mac. For all the hot air Microsoft is blowing their sales numbers are flat or down, and this in the heart of a massive media assault with an onslaught of new hardware and software products that were to blow the doors off the market.
But wait, there's Surface which will put Microsoft back on track, no?
The fact is Ballmer and company are so late to the mobile market, attempting to catch iOS and Android is like watching that Chariot's of Fire guy fall down five or six times in the race, not just once, get up and still win. It ain't happening.
Of all the stench-ridden, stagnant and elderly products Microsoft is pushing, it's the newest entry which stinks the most -- Surface. Microsoft's approach to Surface embodies the companies efforts perfectly. Trying too hard, delivering too little and far too late. In the 90's as the personal computer business lept off the page, Microsoft might have been able to get the masses of the uneducated tech public to buy in, but it's 2013, and consumers can now channel their inner IT geek to make decisions.
I'm not going to dive into Surface's debacle of an interface, it's sloth-like OS, or any number of fatal flaws, you've no doubt read those reviews elsewhere. I'll simply summarize it this way. Based on the current exodus of talent fleeing Redmond, paired with the products continuing to spew forth, Surface being their shinning pinnacle of failure, Microsoft's got nuthin'.