2Entering the Tablet Game
4Windows Phone 7
6Windows 7 Sales
Microsofts Kin phones, with baked-in social networking applications, failed to gain traction among its intended audience of teenagers and young adults. Not even 50 days after the release of the Kin One and Kin Two, the lines were pulled from Verizons store shelves, although the carrier revived a neutered version of them later in the year.
10All In Cloud
Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie, widely acknowledged as one of the minds behind Microsofts cloud push, announced his resignation from the company in October. Ozzies FUSE Labs incubator had encouraged social-networking applications such as Docs.com, which allows Facebook users to create and share Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents.
Ballmer has indicated that Intels upcoming Oak Trail Atom processors will drive a new family of Windows tablets. Whether those devices can make a substantial dent in a market dominated by the Apple iPad and a growing number of Android tablets remains to be seen.