, MasterPie wrote

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More bridges, possibly stronger ones? An emphasis on services means that MS can extend its influence into different platforms/devices that couldn't run MS software.

Your statement is a complete contradiction, as companies like DevExpress, Infragistics and a plethora of partners including the entire PC Games market, are seeing their core products swallowed by Redmond in Windows 8.

Quite where possibly stronger ones comes from, is practically insulting notwithstanding naiveté. There are casualties in the present change of direction (insert @ Bass stating why proprietary software development is bad!), and there will be no "kiss and make up", business is not a "chick flick"