Slideshow: Top 10 Tech Newsmakers Of 2010 2

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.

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.