Yeah, there's so much bashing out there that it's sickening. Everyday there's some BS story about how terrible Windows 8 is and what a failure Surface is. Very tiring. I think these people and other companies are afraid that MS has something going and that it will succeed. So to combat MS success, all these bashing articles have to be pumped out.
As far as the article, in what world does the author live in that capturing 1.9% of a saturated tablet market with first generation hardware and OS in 6 months not constitute a success?
Kristal I agree that MS does pretty much suck at marketing. One thing to remember is that for most of its existence MS hasn't had to market anything. In reality MS isn't a consumer facing company. It is largely the default OS for the world's computers and they haven't ever needed to do much to convince PC makers to put Windows OS on their machines. Things are changing but being a big company doesn't automatically mean they can be good at everything. Certainly the more they get involved with customers directly (MS Stores, hardware, services, etc.) the more critically important these things become.