The year 2010 brought Microsoft ups and downs. The most important news around the company from Redmond, we have compiled a top ten. From the launch of Windows phone 7 and Kinect to the end of the phones we have major themes of 2010 incorporated all Microsoft.
Windows Phone 7 comes to market
Windows Phone 7 has started since October with the new smartphone platform, Microsoft wants iPhone to the overwhelming competition in the form of Apple and there are smartphones with Android OS.
So far, the success of the new Windows Smartphone is manageable. The models from HTC, Samsung and LG, which are now available, could still not prevail decisively.
Children taken off the market Phones
Before the launch of Windows Mobile 7 was Microsoft’s Kin phones from the market. The mobile phones with a focus on social networks were not available in Germany and elsewhere no blockbuster. Let’s hope that Windows Mobile 7 remains spared a similar fate.
Halo 3 is launched
One of the best sellers of 2010 was the Game Halo 3 the third part of the series sold a total of nearly 15 million copies worldwide. In addition chased Halo 3 records in terms of playing time at Microsoft Xbox LIVE.
Microsoft trips up on sales
According to a report by informationweek.com, which was made public in November, Microsoft has fudged on his sales figures in part. Revenue from other divisions should have credited the company from Redmond to the Windows division.
Yahoo and Bing intensify cooperation
Users who use the Yahoo search engine to use in fact Bing. Starting this year, Yahoo search is no longer itself but merely provides the search results in the Microsoft search engine Bing . In return, Yahoo received marketing rights to some Microsoft projects.
Ray Ozzie gets
In October, Ray Ozzie retired from Microsoft. Ozzie was working for Microsoft since 2005 and is regarded as a legend in the industry.
Ozzie was among other leading role in the development of Lotus Notes and Microsoft to develop Windows Azure. Ozzie is now retired.
Steve Ballmer sells shares
The Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer selling late in the year 2010, 75 million Microsoft shares at a value of 26 to 28 U.S. dollar share.
Overall, the sale of 1.3 billion U.S. dollars in private funds Ballmer. Ballmer holds even after the sale is still 359 million Microsoft shares. Ballmer joined Microsoft in 1980 for the year 2000 and has been succeeded by Bill Gates.
Kinect become a top seller
The motion control Kinect for the Xbox 360 is for Microsoft to hit.
In just ten days were 1 million Kinect systems are sold, within 25 days was already half of the annual plan for 2010, 2.5 million copies sold out. Kinect is also one of the runner in the Christmas business.
Mac Office 2011 and Office 2010 will be published
In 2010, two large office suites have been published. Windows users got Office 2010, Mac users were using Microsoft’s Mac Office supplies 2011th new web-based, among other Office applications are designed to facilitate the work of a team.
Windows Azure is gaining momentum
Two years Windows Azure’s needed to really come to the market. Since mid-2010 it appears that the persistence pay off. With eBay at the time Microsoft could win a first major customer for its cloud-based operating system. Windows Azure future could also be used on netbooks.