Microsoft's greatest successes and biggest failures

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4. Windows 7 heaven

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gives the thumb-up to the Microsoft television commercial star Kylie, the young girl who makes an instant slideshow, as they take the stage at Windows 7's Launch Party in New York, October 22, 2009.

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By itself, Win 7 is a steady if unspectacular operating system. But because it followed the disaster that was Windows Vista, it seems almost miraculous by comparison. Windows 7 rescued Microsoft's reputation simply by not sucking, and the low key way it was rolled out seemed to indicate a Microsoft that was humbled by the lessons of Vista. Now, people are actually excited by the prospect of the touch-friendly Windows 8. No one would have predicted that three years ago.

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