Microsoft followed through on quite a few of its New Year’s resolutions in 2012, taking big steps to play in the mobile marketplace and revamp its Windows operating system. The company released new phone, tablet and computer operating systems and doubled down on the tile-based, touch-friendly formats of that it first introduced on its Windows Phone operating system. Here’s a look at some of the highlights (and lowlights) of Microsoft in 2012.
Windows 8: Microsoft completely updated its flagship Windows operating system in 2012 with an October launch that saw the end of the start button. Windows 8, built with touch screens in mind, is designed to work equally well on tablets and computers. Microsoft also released Windows RT for tablets, essentially a lighter version of Windows 8.
So far, Windows 8 hasn’t spurred greater PC sales and has been met with mixed reviews. The somewhat bifurcated system runs some programs in a more traditional Windows environment, while others will only run in the new, slick layout. The company promoted its new products heavily throughout the holiday season -- this quarter’s sales figures will tell if the push was worth it.