Microsoft introduced the world to Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 in 2012, two pivotal events that put the company in a better position to compete in the mobile market and be part of BYOD (bring your own device) programs in the enterprise. Yet getting and keeping consumers interested in the Windows 8 ecosystem will be a mighty task given the drop in traditional PC sales and the popularity of the iPads and Android mobile devices.
The year also saw the continued threat of Google Apps against Office 365, the departure of another top Microsoft executive and the bold introduction of Microsoft's first branded hardware to run Windows, the Surface tablet.
Here, in no particular order, are 12 of the most popular stories and slideshows about Microsoft that appeared on CIO.com over the past year.
Can Microsoft Survive If Windows 8 Fails? (Dec. 6, 2012) Microsoft is counting on strong sales of Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT tablets--and, to a lesser extent, Windows phones--to help drive its new Windows 8 desktop operating system in the enterprise. But what if the plan doesn't work?
3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office on Your iPad, Android Tablet (June 11, 2012) Check out these three cloud-based services that enable you to use Office apps on your iPad or Android tablet. Each service offers something different, but CIO.com blogger James A. Martin likes one in particular.
Can Google Apps Unseat Microsoft Office and Exchange? (May 8, 2012) The BYOD phenomenon and the need to collaborate with mobile users and international subsidiaries led New England Biolabs to weigh a switch from Microsoft Office and Exchange Server to Google Apps. The results of their proof-of-concept testing surprised many, including the CIO.
Microsoft Q&A: With Windows 8, the Choice Is Yours (June 12, 2012) Day two at Microsoft TechEd 2012 was all about Windows 8. CIO.com caught up with Windows corporate VP Antoine Leblond, who discussed why CIOs should test Windows 8, why developers should love it, and why we'll all be touching our laptop screens sooner than we think.
Windows 8 Beats Out iOS and Android at Seton Hall (Aug. 6, 2012) In a world where iPads and Android devices are the rage, Seton Hall University bucked the BYOD trend and opted for Windows 8 tablets and ultrabooks for students and faculty, even though the OS doesn't ship officially until October. Why did the university go all in on Windows 8?
Windows 8 Pro: Features IT Pros Need to Know About (May 10, 2012) Most of the attention on Windows 8 and Windows RT has involved consumer features and the Metro UI. But the Windows 8 Pro version offers security and virtualization features tailor-made for IT organizations.
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