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 Appl
3 of 10
Ray Ozzie, a name almost as synonymous with Microsoft as that of Bill Gates, announced his retirement on Oct. 18, after spending five years at the company -- and a lifetime in the technology industry. Before joining Microsoft in 2005, Ozzie founded Groove Networks in a next-generation collaboration software in 1997, later acquired by Microsoft in 2005. Prior to Groove, Ozzie was a founder and president of Iris Associates, where he created and led the development of Lotus Notes. Before Iris, he contributed to the development of Lotus Symphony and Software Arts' TK!Solver and VisiCalc, and was involved in early distributed operating systems development at Data General Corp. Ozzie was inducted into the Computer Museum Industry Hall of Fame; has received the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society's W. Wallace McDowell Award; was honored as a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer; received an SDForum Visionary Award, and in 2010 he was named as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.