Before you throw rocks at me, at least explain why I am wrong (according to you). Do not just rewrite my statements with a question mark behind them.
Microsoft tries to catch up with Apple by bringing their own version of Apple's killer products (WP7, Win8). I'm not saying their just plane copying Apple, at least they gave their products a nice twist but fact is that it's too little, too late.
And about Google, no denying there: look at every big product they made and tell me that it's never been done before. They just gave their own good twist at it which made it succesfull. So my point is that by looking at others on how to do things, doesn't necessarily means that your product is doomed to fail.
So what Google did was just taking over an idea and make it more successful: they made it more user friendly and perfected the integration with their other products. Given the range of products that Microsoft currently has, they could do the same thing but apparently they can't figure out how to do this.
So that's my two cents on the subject, I'd be glad to get a more serious reply from you.
(btw, where in my comment did you read that Apple led the creation of touchscreen smartphones?)
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