What IBM has sold would probably replenish a small percentage of their petty cash fund. Microsoft resulted from something that IBM didn't feel was really worthwhile to pursue wholeheartedly. They may have some second thoughts about this but it's not a show stopper for them by any means. We're Mac users and Apple is way ahead of Microsoft but you have to acknowledge where the computing industry's roots and innovation have originated from. Big Blue has played an overwhelmingly large part in this and continues to do so.