Unlike Apple, which has gone for the jugular with the iPhone and now the iPad, Microsoft is dabbling around on the periphery with its multi-touch initiatives. Surface was designed for casinos and retail marketing. Courier, if it exists at all, uses both pen and touch and is narrowly focused on specific uses. The Windows Phone 7 Series is vaguely promising, but it will have to compete not with the iPhone, which has been dominating the market for three years, but with a future iPhone, which may not be easy to compete with. Microsoft's initiatives strike me as projects designed above all to avoid the cannibalization of existing products. But if Microsoft doesn't kill its existing cash cows with innovative new systems, Apple surely will. Read the whole story.