These individuals and companies involved in the most significant news stories so far this year. Here's of list of the people and businesses who are making waves in the tech pool.
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While Microsoft's Windows 7 has been largely well received, CEO Steve Ballmer still has to prove that he can keep his company relevant in the era of mobile and cloud computing. Though he shifted the conversation away from the fact that Apple this year surpassed Microsoft in market capitalization by underscoring his company's profitability, he still needs a decisive win in the market place to dispel the impression that Microsoft's glory days are behind it.
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.