10 Things Microsoft Got Right in 2015

By Pedro Hernandez  |  Posted 2016-01-04

Microsoft had a very good year. Quarter after quarter, the company reported healthy financial results, torrid cloud growth and even progress in mobile hardware, thanks to its strong-selling Surface Pro 3 tablet. Windows 10 launched during the summer, ending the ill-fated Windows 8.x era and bringing the PC faithful back into the fold. Office 365 subscriptions continued to climb, evidence that Microsoft's vision of cloud-enabled productivity is resonating with businesses and consumers alike. Of course, it wasn't all smooth sailing. There was a $7.5 billion write-off related to the Nokia acquisition, a tacit acknowledgement that snapping up the smartphone maker didn't work out as planned. The Redmond, Wash., tech titan (and its users) also had to wrestle with the OneDrive unlimited storage flap (for which Microsoft apologized because not all customers would receive unlimited cloud storage) and some confounding opaqueness surrounding Windows 10 updates, which is particularly concerning for IT professionals tasked with stamping out data security and software compatibility issues. Despite those stumbles, Microsoft is going into the new year with strong momentum in some key areas that really took hold in 2015.


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