Poorly informed ?
Which came first the software to sell the platform or the success of the underlying platform ?
Microsoft won the desktop battle due to
* Backing from IBM and other vendors wanting to be compatible with IBM
* No viable alternative for small scale computers
* Backwards compatibility (key to keep consumers previous investment in software and hardware)
This was way before Bulmer made an appeal to developers (developers, developers).
Software should be quality not quantity, if I want an internet radio streaming package I'll buy just one (the best one for my requirement), same goes for video editing, word processing etc etc. The best package could be the first to market, it could be the last, the size of the market for the product makes no real difference.
Microsoft don't understand mobile operating systems, you can't downsize a desktop operating system to a phone. The hardware that runs the Microsoft Windows Mobiles have tended to be underpowered and resource hungry, who wants a portable device that almost entirely runs off the mains ?
Andriod, possibly viable to iPhone but no standards across the hardware manufacturers, surely the market will fragment.
iPhone has been successful because it is a good design, packages hardware and software to make it easily accessible to the Jo Bloggs user.
Who cares who takes first place in the market; continued development and choice for the consumer are paramount.