You are all funny. Windows8 is a solid product. Yes, it is chasing competitors, but I predict will do well. It is a superior product to what is being offered on other tablets as Droid and iPad are phone operating systems, while Windows8 AND Windows phone are proper OS's. You really have to experience the Windows phone before you believe it is dead. It will grow, slowly, but it will be a competitor. Competition is good, so I am not sure why you would think that it is a good thing for Windows to do badly.
Lastly, remember why Apple is even alive. Microsoft bought 10% stake in it to keep it alive and to keep the Feds off of them