Microsoft's Tough 2012: 10 Products That Gave It the Most Grief
NEWS ANALYSIS: Microsoft didn’t have the best 2012. And many of its troubles can be attributed to several products both it released and others that competitors introduced.Microsoft had a tough year. The software giant launched two major operating systems—Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8—and was constantly battling with Google over applications and services on the Web. However, those efforts proved fruitless as these products have yet to show that they are going to produce new large scale growth in their respective markets. What’s more, consumers who saw more to like elsewhere largely ignored Microsoft’s tablet, the Surface RT. Still, its own products didn’t only cause Microsoft’s troubles. The software giant is facing more competition now than ever. Companies like Apple, Nokia, and Sony are causing it a lot of headaches. Despite Microsoft’s ability to continue to generate billions of dollars each quarter, the company is walking into 2013 in a worse competitive position than it was in when it entered 2012. Unless it addresses its issues and finds a way to stymie its competitors’ growth, Microsoft could eventually find itself marginalized in markets such as PC operating systems and applications that it has long dominated.
Until then, let’s focus on the products that have caused Microsoft some trouble in 2012. Check out the roundup: