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
9 of 10
Game-players were delighted when developer Bungle Studios and publisher Microsoft in 2010 shipped Halo 3, the continuing saga in the much-vaunted Halo trilogy. It has sold more than 14.5 million games around the world, logging 650 million-plus hours of multi-player action on Microsoft's Xbox LIVE platform, according to Microsoft. Looking to further build upon its success in the gaming arena, in October Microsoft disclosed plans to launch an online PC games marketplace that will make it easier for gamers to download popular Microsoft titles from such franchises as Halo and Gears of War as well as games from other publishers.