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Microsoft 2015 Year in Review

Microsoft 2015 Year in Review

By Ben Franske (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons

Many people reading this will be pleasantly surprised to find out that 2015 was a great year for Microsoft.  For many computer users Microsoft is an afterthought.  It’s simply one of those companies that’s always in the background of your life.  This is especially true for anyone that’s been behind a computer for any number of years.  Microsoft has been with you the entire time and most seem to forget that.

Windows 10 is what kicked the year off right.  The roll out was a little bumpy, but Windows users have come to expect that by now.  Windows 10 has been on the shelves in countless devices this year.  It’s not only current users that are upgrading to the new OS.  This will only increase the usage and popularity of the new operating system.  App designers have been slow to adapt to the new operating system as of late.  It’s only a matter of time before more companies jump on the bandwagon as more users have access to Windows 10.

Excitement has been building over the new HoloLens device.  The HoloLens was introduced in January and has had many computer users baffled and amazed at the same time.  It’s reportedly a virtual reality type of device that will deliver both visuals and sound to the user.  This could be by far the most futuristic thing Microsoft has ever made.  Time will only tell if both users and companies are willing to divulge themselves into something this high tech.  Bold moves are often followed by amazing success or crushing defeat.  Rarely are there any middle of the road products that sweep hearts and wallets of tech buyers and companies.  If anything was going to amaze both crowds, it would be something like the HoloLens.

The only black eye Microsoft has had in 2015 was their smartphone division.  It slipped from a 2.7 to a 2.2 market share.  It was hoped that the roll out of the Lumia 950 and 950 XL smartphones would lift up their sagging position.  This hasn’t happened and the Apps available for these phones have lacked as well.  Windows smartphones have a ever increasingly small share of the market.  This trend will more than likely continue as consumers still flock to Android and iPhones.

The most exciting release of the year was the Surface Book.  This was Microsoft’s first entry into the laptop computer business.  Meaning, they are now directly in the market against Apple in this regard.  The Surface Book combines Microsoft’s Surface tablet and a laptop computer.  The keyboard can be detached and the tablet can be used as a stand alone device if need be.  It means users can switch back and forth from a work machine to a tablet.  This product may gain steam in the future as many users will certainly like the idea of using one machine for several activities.

Microsoft always has been and will continue to be a leader in the world of technology.  The same company that changed our lives in the past, will do so in the future as well.  Microsoft may seem less cutting edge simply because they’re a part of our every day lives.  It’s one of those companies that often times we take for granted, even though we use their products every single day.

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