All reports are that Windows 7, Microsoft’s coming replacement for Vista, is seriously good, bug-free, and powerful. This is even coming from hardcore geeks who loathe Vista and expected to hate Windows 7. Instead, they like it.
Microsoft recently released Bing, their new search engine. The same thing is happening. Reviewers who assumed they would mock it say it shows great promise and sometimes even now, it returns better results than Google.
Never, ever count Microsoft out. The Battle of the Titans now is Microsoft vs. Google for control of the desktop and cloud. Because, if Google has their way, they will in effect invent their own OS for use on the Net. The net is the computer. And coming seemingly out of nowhere, in a black swanish way, is the real time web in the form of social networking sites and their threat to the established search engine paradigm.