In any year, there are winners and losers, those that successfully rode--or shaped--the tide, and those smashed by the waves of change. As virtual battles raged on Xboxes, Kinects, and other platforms, software developers waged war over market share and steadily loosening budget dollars. Eagerly awaited new products and beta versions made their debuts, jockeying for position and sales. The past year was, of course, no exception. In the rapid-paced world of social media, granddaddy MySpace all-bu
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The once seemingly nonstop adds -- "I'm a PC and Windows 7 was my idea" -- apparently worked. Windows 7's rollout was a success, both at corporations and among home users. In December, the U.S. Air Force, for example, announced the fastest operating system upgrade in its history, as it moves PCs at Peterson Air Force Base from Vista to Windows 7. The software giant's latest OS helped propel its revenue in 2010 -- although an exclusive InformationWeek analysis found that Microsoft added revenue previously assigned to other groups to its OS division.
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.