8. Kinect for Xbox 360 is far more important than you think
Though the company still isn't making much money on Xbox itself, the importance of Microsoft gaining an foothold in the living room can't be underestimated. First, the Xbox proves Microsoft can win even in markets where Windows isn't a big factor. Second, the motion-based Kinect controller has a future far beyond video games: It's the prototype and platform for a new kind of UI, potentially replacing everything from the keyboard/mouse to touchscreens and voice control.