Top 10 Microsoft Moments of 2013

By Pedro Hernandez  |  Posted 2014-01-01

2013 was a year of ups and downs for Microsoft as the software giant navigated an IT landscape that has become less reliant on its flagship Windows desktop operating systems. The company's tablet-friendly Windows 8 operating system, having completed its first full year on the market in late October, failed to perk up sales of Windows-powered devices. Consumers and business users flocked to tablets and smartphones, areas where Microsoft continued to lag behind Google's Android mobile operating system and Apple's popular iOS. Surface, an effort to capitalize on explosive demand for tablets, flopped and became an embarrassing stain on otherwise rosy financials. 2013 also brought news of a major leadership change, a process that not only is sending ripples across the mainstream press but also is shaking things up at an automaker. Internally, Microsoft took steps to eliminate a morale-sapping source of corporate in-fighting that has made it tough for the company to hang on to innovators and out-of-the-box thinkers. Revisit some of 2013's highlights in this eWEEK slide show.


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