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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Microsoft hoped this year enterprise and home office users alike were busy upgrading their application suites with its release of Office -- both Office 2010 for Windows and Mac Office 2011. In October, the software giant began shipping the latest iteration of its business-productivity solution for Mac users. Mac Office 2011, which is backward compatible with Mac Office 2008 and 2004, features collaboration tools that allow users to access files from almost anywhere and work with users around the world, according to Microsoft. The latest edition of its Windows Office Suite, also includes Office Web applications for remote access, enhanced photo-editing tools, data visualization capabilities, and improved Outlook management tools, among others.