@wastingtimewithforums: The biggest concern for me is Microsoft trying to blame this potential train wreck on their partners. It smacks of denial and that is very worrying.
indeed. Instead of fixing, they are playing the blame game. Countless of knowledgeable people (Windows experts and developers, not the usual anti-MS brigade) hammered them in the past twelve months about the very obvious issues with Windows 8, yet Redmond acted as if the whole town went through a self-hypnosis course. "La la, can't hear you!".
If the shock over the Windows 8 sales is indeed real and unexpected at MS HQ, then I am truly shocked.