I think that if you look at M$ objectively, you cannot deny that they have oodles of money and resources. You can't deny that they they control 95% of the world computer market with their OS. (Doesn't matter that it sucks.) And most people (Even the most loyal Gates lovers), would agree, that if you merged M$ with Apple, and put Jobs in control, that you would have a very powerful company. So with all of this, you would think that a resurrection of M$ is VERY possible in a whim, should you get someone with enough influence, innovation, vision and control as Steve Jobs in power at M$, that it would have NO PROBLEM of dominating everything.
But..... there is Gates. I doubt that even when he steps down from the day to day operations at M$ that he will EVER TOTALLY release the reigns of M$. This is one of Apple's saving graces. The other is an old problem. This is apparent with Governments, companies, and even relationships. This has to do with problems that are SO, SO imbedded into the core, that there is no solution. That these things cannot be fixed with just a few adjustment, or personnel, or different systems. They must simply end. And with that a new takes it's place. This has been the pattern of all of history. And that is the ultimate fate of M$. Whether it is now, 5 years from now, or even later than that. I personally think that they have been living on borrowed time for quite some time now.8)
By the way GMac, nice rendition of the M$ "True" video ipod. M$ will surely steal this idea from you.