I have to say that I think the Microsoft story is getting better and stronger. They have a good strategy on multiple fronts and they are thinking more in the terms of solutions and not products. I like that change.
Their data center build out story is sounding really strong and they are open with what they are doing. They are willing to share their thoughts on how services and accompanying cloud build out should proceed into the future.
Their UI for Windows 8 and Mobile is really interesting looking and I think it will be well received in the home and with individual users. Those who want to see their Facebook updates, etc. will really like it. I’m not so certain about how well the UI will be received in the corporate world, but if they can succeed at home and in educational circles it will be pushed into the corporate world over time. Windows 8 can run without the new UI anyway.
The security enhancements in Windows 8 and their better power management will also be welcome by corporations and road warriors with laptops.
Really nice features in their email platforms and in the management of the email environment in the workplace. DRM, archiving and discovery features look good.
It just seems that they are well focused these days and heading in a good direction.