Now, with the plethora of Tablets and smart phones numbering in the gazillions (and with Forrester research saying that by 2015 Tablets will overtake Laptops in sales) and with the vast majority with not a drop of MS technology exactly how relevant will MS be by that time? How will the corporate world develop their apps if their own internal users begin clamoring for Tablets that runs iOS or Android? Microsoft knows that the chances of it catching up with Apple and Android is slim and they have to live with the new reality: it has and will continue to lose relevance first and foremost in the user space (began by smartphones and tables) then increasingly and more critically in the corporate environment.
At the end of the day, Microsoft really has no choice but to go this route. It’s not Developers! Developers! anymore but Relevance! Relevance! Relevance!