I'm an Apple fan. A diehard Apple fan. However, I think Microsoft deserves some credit for innovation. Namely, the Xbox Kinect. Apple brought us a game-changer taking touch gesture mainstream, but Microsoft's Kinect is the future of gesture.
It's easy to see this in a recent showcase by Fast Company of a new platform called KinectShop, an augmented reality shopping platform. See it in action below:
Clearly, there are applications well beyond gaming. If this kind of innovation can still come from within the walls of Microsoft, I think a little more credit is due.