"This points to an even bigger problem for Microsoft - nearly all of the company's long-time partners in the PC realm are angered by the release of Surface."
I hope msft gets the message and quit spreading rumor that it is making its own smartphone. All it will achieve is undermine co's like NOKIA which have been buttressing its win8 mobile OS. Nobody will care for msft smartphone just like nobody cares for its surface tablet now, which it took out of the jaw of nokia, imo. Msft is the devil that nok has to live with at this time, cause it has no choice, imo.