I, too, am investing resources into the platform, the WinRT part specifically, so the total numbers are of interest.
Due diligence, I guess, compelled me to consume as much media coverage on all the platform/devices as possible. Consequently, I’ve seen numerous clashes between opposing points of view.
Obviously, this is not a new phenomenon. Brand loyalty wars have a rich tradition. This newest iOS/Android/WinRT argument seems to produce more than the usual enthusiasm, though. There almost seems to be panic/urgency to bash the other platforms. I guess sweeping comments “get real work done”, “Windows RT sucks” come easily when made anonymously. Would the opinions be more sincere if some amount of reputation were at stake?
Now, I’m probably biased – given my own inclination – and to really expose my bias, I’ve never even used Android or iOS. I don’t know how good they are or, if their proponents can be believed, how bad Windows RT is. To me, RT seems pretty good. I think it will prevail. If I had to make a long term prediction, I’d say it could have 15% of new tablet sales by this time next year. I could be dreaming.