Microsoft's best "innovation" comes from panicked reactions to industry trends. People started installing Linux on tiny laptops that were too underpowered for Windows Vista, so we got Windows 7 with performance improvements. People started buying tablets instead of "real" computers, so we got Windows 8 and the Surface, designed for touch. Desktop users hated the Windows 8 tiled Start screen and mostly didn't have touch screen hardware, so we got Windows 8.1 Update that brings back a "classic" desktop look for mouse-and-keyboard users.
The lesson is, if you want something better from Microsoft, don't complain, just launch a product that starts to siphon away their revenue.
Mokalus of Borg
PS - There may be more, given that this is a simplification.
PPS - It does feel this way, though.