How did Princess Leia say it in Star Wars..."The more you tighten your grip, the more star systems will slip through your fingers"...M$ is losing control of the desktop. Yeah I know there are probably a gazzilion articles out there showing the strength of desktop PC's, but as more and more people move onto tablets and smart phones, you're going to see a crop of purpose built products starting to appear in our home theatre as well. We're seeing that already with the likes of Roku boxes, Android Sticks, the Raspberry PI, smart TV's, even home stereo receivers that are internet capable. As internet speeds increase to the home, the purpose of a HTPC diminishes further as cloud base video takes over with the likes of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, etc. So M$ can continue to tighten their grip, but it will only hurt them in the end!