And given Microsoft's history for compromise, that's what had me astounded with their "my way or the highway" sort of mentality. I agree with everything you're saying. My point was that making such an abrupt change just wasn't likely to happen. You knew that, hell we all did, and we're not even "experts" here.
Great point there. MS is the company of legacy support, backwards compatibility, etc. They are one of the few companies that tries to avoid drastic changes as much as possible and people are used to that.
Every time MS tries to make big changes, there is automatic blow back. Sometimes that's bad pr, sometimes its bad execution, and sometimes its just a general MS resistance.
Out of the big tech companies, I think MS gets the most blow back when they rock boat too much.