The Most Important Microsoft Stories of 2007

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The Most Important Microsoft Stories of 2007

Microsoft claimed 88 million Windows Vista licenses shipped, but hardware requirements and application incompatibilities delayed Vista enterprise deployments by as much as a year.

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The Most Important Microsoft Stories of 2007 - Microsoft Releases Windows PowerShell

The software giant brought the command line back to Windows client and server systems, with great elegance and utility.

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The Most Important Microsoft Stories of 2007 - Microsoft Buys aQuantive

The $6 billion acquisition of aQuantive positioned Microsoft to take on Google in the online advertising market. However, Microsofts goals are bigger, as the company is formulating a multichannel ad and search strategy.

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The Most Important Microsoft Stories of 2007 - Silverlight Comes to Light

In 2007, Microsoft relaunched Windows Presentation Foundation/Everywhere as Silverlight. The Silverlight rebranding ranks as one of Microsofts most successful marketing efforts—ever. Silverlight re-energized developer outreach, created a new deliver

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The Most Important Microsoft Stories of 2007 - European Union Appellate Court Rules Against Microsoft

The Court of First Instance delivered a stunning setback by upholding nearly all the European Union's antitrust findings against Microsoft. This will affect Microsoft business practices and open the way for regulation of other software companies.

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The Most Important Microsoft Stories of 2007 - Dell Breaks Rank

Struggling Dell offered Ubuntu on desktop PCs. The OEM then went on to offer customers a choice of Windows XP or Vista on its build-to-order SKUs. Dells actions reflected some of the anti-Vista sentiments stirring among consumers and businesses.

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The Most Important Microsoft Stories of 2007 - Visual Studio 2008 Releases Early

In a late November surprise, Microsoft made the Visual Studio development package and .Net Framework 3.5 available to developers. The official launch is Feb. 27, 2008.

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The Most Important Microsoft Stories of 2007 - Microsoft Unveils Hosted Services Strategy

During several public events, including the annual financial analysts conference in July, Microsoft laid out its strategy for building a hosted services platform and for releasing hosted versions of its software.

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The Most Important Microsoft Stories of 2007 - Power Pair Pack Punch

The releases of Office 2007 and Windows Vista on Jan. 30 set the stage for Microsofts 2008 fiscal first-quarter results 10 months later.

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The Most Important Microsoft Stories of 2007 - Revenue Estimates Blown Away

Microsofts fiscal 2008 first quarter blew out revenue estimates. The company beat earnings guidance by more than $1 billion, giving stock some lift from stagnant, year 2000 levels.

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