The most thrilling Microsoft product in years was killed before it ever officially existed. One of its most awesome services elicits more snickers than nods. Microsoft isn't even in the mobile space right now. Redmond, we have a problem.
Courier, simultaneously acknowledged and aborted in a bloody mess. Zune, a laughingstock that is in fact fantastic. Microsoft, the world's most famous software company, effectively sat out of smartphones for the last year (to be charitable) while it carried Windows Phone 7 to term, allowing Apple and Google to divvy up the spoils of the new frontier. It's a sad, sad turn of events.