It’s raffle time. Thanks to Microsoft! This is a big month — the guys behind Windows are making a big leap in rebranding themselves by shifting focus to DEVICES AND SERVICES and they’re starting this with the global launch of Windows 8 next week. This excites me because in the past, the OEM’s have always been the front liners of the Windows branding, putting Microsoft at the back seat with their software. But Q4 2012 marks Microsoft’s focus into the hardware space. If you take a look at their hardware track record, they did an amazing job with the XBOX and the XBOX 360 as well as the Kinect. The Zune, although defunct was a great device. Have you ever tried a Microsoft-branded keyboard and mouse? They’re fantastic. This year marks the start of that re-focus as they enter Windows 8 and computing on their Surface lineup.