2009: Busy year for Microsoft®
Given its recent track record, the fact that Microsoft launched new operating system on time tops this year's look back at the goings-on from Redmond.
Earlier this year, Microsoft said that Windows would come out in time for the holidays and sure, it did. People actually liked the repaired thing. Windows 7 grabbed 4 percent of the market in less than a month which Vista took nearly seven months to reach.
Another critical launch for Microsoft was Bing, in May. Bing is not a Google-killer for sure but with Bing, Microsoft managed to grab a little bit of market share.
Microsoft knows that Bing still needs more market share. Hence, 2009 saw the company continue its chase of a deal with Yahoo, finally inking a pact in July.
Microsoft also started testing a new version of Office, which was first named Office 14 and eventually dubbed Office 2010. The new version of Office is scheduled to launch next year and it is most notable for the browser-based Office Web Apps that will attach to the launch of the standard PC-based versions. Microsoft had released a beta version of this software this year which has been noticed by a number of people.
Microsoft did launch the first crop of "Windows Phones" based on Windows Mobile 6.5, though that launch was seen as a largely minor interim step. Microsoft has been working for years on its Mobile OS, and hints are saying that it would finally launch Windows Mobile 7 next year at Mix event in Las Vegas.
Moreover, Microsoft is also working on the new version of Xbox which won't come out until next year. Xbox made its debut at the E3 trade show; Project Natal uses a depth-sensing camera and other technology to allow a gamer to tactic the Xbox without a controller.
Another surprise move by Microsoft is that it is following Apple into the retail business. Microsoft said that it would open stores aiming to compete Cupertino's glitz
After the European Union issued a unexpected elementary finding that Microsoft couldn't bundle a browser with Windows. At last, Microsoft launched a ‘ballot screen’ which consists of all the latest and competing browsers and a list of their features. Users in Europe can choose and install a browser of their choice after going through features of the browser.