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Top 10 Microsoft Stories Of 2010

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010


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Top 10 Microsoft Stories Of 2010

Here's the rundown on the past year in Redmond, including all the highlights, lowlights, and quirky moments from the world's biggest software company.


Windows Phone 7 Coming To Nokia?

Microsoft Overhauls Free Antivirus Software

Tablet Tipping Point Means The End Of Microsoft (As We Know It)


Stuff That Probably Won't Happen In 2011 (But You Never Know)

Apple probably won't release an iCar and Oracle's unlikely to take optimization to home appliances, but our columnist won't completely rule out some offbeat technological twists.

Verizon Wireless Prepping LTE Tablets, Smartphones For CES

An official tweet and a component supplier confirm that Verizon Wireless will debut smartphones and tablets with Long Term Evolution 4G included at CES 2011.

Gawker Details Missteps Behind Security Breach

The Gnosis group apparently faced few defenses in what it called a revenge attack on the prominent online media property.

Mac App Store Set To Open Early January

Steve Jobs says he is hoping to recreate the iPhone store's success on the venerable Mac platform.

Microsoft Retires Office Software Validation Program

Office Genuine Advantage is going out to pasture, but it's unclear what will replace the mechanism for proving the legitimacy of the productivity suite running on a computer.

To Change CRM, Embrace The Social Cloud

Deep customer engagement through social media is the hallmark of a leading-edge customer service operation.

Kno Ships Education Tablet

The 14.1-inch touchscreen device, geared at students, offers access to digital textbooks in Kno's e-bookstore.

Britain Scraps Biometric National ID Cards

The identity register, billed as a way to increase security, was criticized for collecting too much information on United Kingdom citizens.

New York's SUNY Schools Choose Microsoft's Cloud

Live@edu suite will provide hosted e-mail, calendaring and storage to more than 465,000 students across 64 campuses.

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Top 10 Microsoft Stories Of 2010

Odds are, almost every household in the United States bought or used at least one Microsoft-related product in 2010. From smartphones to game consoles, entertainment software to applications, cloud computing infrastructure to expanded search engine agreements, the developer increased its footprint across earth and cyberspace. This year marked one of new beginnings and some endings for Microsoft, which released its long-awaited Windows Phone 7 operating system, the software giant's answer to Apple's iPhone and Google's Android. In plenty of time for this year's healthier holiday season, Microsoft also unwrapped Kinect, a much-lauded new sensor for its already popular Xbox gaming hardware -- and saw it receive rave reviews from technophiles and, more importantly, the kids, tweens, and gamers for whom it was designed. Likewise, the developer rolled out the third leg of its Halo trilogy, a move almost guaranteed to appeal to the game's legion of followers around the world.   View Now


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Featured BloggerOn Tap For Mobile Communications In 2011?

By Paul Korzeniowski

The new year will see a lessened focus on 4G services, browser-based application stores, and at least one industry stalwart exiting the market, according to one vendor's predictions.


In An iPhone World, iPods Still Matter

By Ed Hansberry

Smartphones have long been able to play music but it took the iPhone to really get people to use their phone as a music player. Do we still need dedicated MP3 players?

Reputation Can't Be Delegated

By George Hulme

A massive e-mail breach affecting Walgreens, McDonald's and others proves that while services can be outsourced, and responsibility delegated - reputation stays with you.

Hey, You Get Offa My Cloud

By Dave Methvin

We're coming up on the one-year anniversary of Microsoft Azure, the company's platform-as-a-service (PAAS) offering. Like any big project, it's taking a while for potential customers to find their way around the platform. This week, though, saw the first high-profile defection from Azure.

FUD Strikes Chrome OS

By Kurt Marko

Chrome OS is one of those rare Google products that's accompanied by almost universal skepticism. In fact, their Cr-48 laptop proof-of-concept was on the received a fair amount of opprobrium. Admittedly the hardware isn't close to the elegance of a MacBook Air, but the objections primarily focus on Chrome's operating model, not the device.

The complaints fall into four categories:

Online Calculator Examines PC Power Use

By Lamont Wood

Piling on the options also piles on the power consumption. This calculator, offered by Dell, shows where you might want to draw the line.


Where is your Data Tonight? A Lesson in Avoiding Headlines, Fines or Worse

Since 2005, over 510,000,000 potentially sensitive records have been lost, stolen or mishandled. A slew of regulations now require breach notification, meaning enterprises must practice strong data protection. What role does encryption play in protecting data, and how is hardware-based encrypting different from alternatives? This session will review key concepts of encryption, industry standards from the Trusted Computing Group for hardware-based encryption, and deploying such drives in the enterprise.
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