Your making some wild accusations about the Elop thing. I think they are unfounded, and I think THAT is the kind of crap Microsoft gets rap for that they do not deserve. Elop is an idiot. He always has been, always will be. If Microsoft had chosen Elop to be their new CEO, then I'd have probably ditched MS products in the long term...Elop would have UTTERLY DESTROYED Microsoft. He would have sold off their most lucrative brands and catered to the every whim of the stock holder. They would have been a completely dead brand outside of a niche enterprise market within less than a decade.
Elop was as much an idiot as Kim Philby, or he would not have collected a massive paycheck from Microsoft after he finally brought Nokia to its knees. Remember that Nokia was once the pride of Finland's electronics industry and a leading maker of mobile phone hand sets, in the end they were scooped up by Microsoft for a pittance. The reason Elop didn't become Microsofts next CEO was not his alleged incompetence, but that they were probably deadly afraid of a person with his skills and his character.
BTW I fully understand your sentiment about Apple, having had a PowerMac go through three major faults in 2 1/2 years, the last one would have cost more to repair than a decent new PC would cost. That was my last Apple product as far as I am concerned. But you have to understand (but not necessarily support) the general sentiment about Microsoft and Apple: Microsoft is what you were forced
to use at work, like it or not, regardless of its technical merits. Apple, and in particular iPhones, were the first products to break that corporate stronghold, and welcomed by many people for this very reason, regardless of all their flaws. Their walled garden for software installations were loathed by many nerds, but welcomed by computing illiterates (i.e. the general masses) because it avoided the whole virus issue for good (still remember code red, nimda and "I love you"?)