Weve had Siri-like tech for more than a year, whines Microsoft, even though they insist that whining-like wheedle isnt whining at all. First, and this will be quick, the Czar is immediately annoyed with anybody who says tech instead of technology.
Back to the original point. Microsoft is probably telling the truth that they had something like Siri. But once again, Apple found a way to make it connect with people. A combination of marketing, availability, ease-of-use, and elegance is generally going to win the hearts and minds of people more than a clunky, less-than-popular phone interface with bloated code and a propensity for bizarre behavior requiring a restart. As you can tell, the Czar once had a Windows phone. His pleasure with that product is why he switched to the far-less-problematic (but still quite often inexplicable) Droid interface.
So what is Microsofts point? The Czar has no idea. Is it to point out that Microsoft had a good idea but did nothing to market it? If so, congratulations, dopes. Is it that Apple took Microsofts product idea and released it in a more numerically widepsread form? Perhaps the last item is true; if so, it would be delicious irony.