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Top 12 Microsoft stories of 2012

Shane O'Neill | Dec. 19, 2012
It was a challenging year for Microsoft as it continued to adapt to a mobile world and launched Windows 8. Here's a look back at the most popular stories and slideshows about Microsoft from 2012.

Microsoft Exodus: 10 Execs Who Have Left the Company (2007-2012) (Nov. 16, 2012) Windows chief Steven Sinofsky is the latest talented executive to quit or be forced out at Microsoft. Some of the departed have gone on to high-profile positions elsewhere, and others just disappear. Here's a list of Microsoft's most recent executive exits.

5 Free Open Source Alternatives to Microsoft Office (Sept. 17. 2012) Small businesses don't always need Microsoft Office software for word processing, spreadsheets, email, database and publishing tools. We look at five free, open source alternatives to Microsoft Office.

10 Free Microsoft Tools to Make Life Easier (Sept. 25. 2012) In addition to its commercial operating systems and applications, Microsoft offers up a host of free tools that make it easier, cheaper, safer and faster to accomplish essential tasks from removing malware to converting virtual machines to deploying software.

5 Things Microsoft Doesn't Want You to Know (June 13, 2012) Microsoft is trying to move toward the cloud while propping up Windows, Office and other client-based money-makers. As the software giant moves in those two directions, Jonathan Hassell offers his list of five things Microsoft would rather not talk about.

The Good, Bad and Ugly History of Microsoft Hardware (Oct. 18, 2012) Microsoft built its identity on software development. Just refer to the name, and pay special attention to the "soft." But throughout its storied history, the company has progressively become much more of a multi-discipline workshop.

10 New Features of Microsoft Office 2013 (July 17, 2012) Two big themes stand out about Office 2013: The Metro makeover, and an expanded degree of integration with Microsofts Windows Live.


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