Ok, it has taken Microsoft 25+ years to acknowledge it – but it is good to see it appreciative of Apple products, As it mimics Google’s infrastructure around Azure, I hope it is also man enough to acknowledge that. And NetSuite and salesforce.com when it comes to ERP and CRM. And Cisco, Siemens and others when it comes to Unified Communications.
And by the way, how about acknowledging that admiration publicly rather than buried in some internal slide deck. Of course, in turn its competitors need to do the same. In the day of silly lawsuits it sure is nice to see a vendor admire another’s products.