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
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Gamers -- or, in some cases, their generous parents and grandparents -- hit retailers and online stores en masse, snapping up Microsoft's Kinect for Xbox 360 in the first few weeks of availability. Microsoft sold 1 million in 10 days and the developer said strong demand over the Black Friday weekend propelled sales to more than 2.5 million sensors in its first 25 days, halfway to Microsoft's stated goal of 5 million sensor sales by year-end, said Don Mattrick, president of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft.