Until now, Microsoft could sell code better than anyone
Until now, Microsoft could sell code better than anyone, but it seems the company would rather sell services: software as a service, ads, search engine results—you name it.
This is like the local storefront that opens as a knife-sharpening business and is soon selling junk jewellery, moose heads, toaster repair, and cheap chocolate. In the meantime, the knife-sharpening business goes by the wayside.
This is what has happened to Microsoft, and Vista is the result.