After watching Apple's iOS and Google's Android battle it out for supremacy in the smartphone market, Microsoft finally decided to enter the fray with Windows Phone 7. The new mobile OS has been praised by critics for its fluid interface, the way it integrates related content such as photos into one place, and its responsiveness and speed. A recent deal with Nokia should also help the company improve its smartphone fortunes. Gartner recently predicted that by 2015 Windows Phone 7 will be the second-most dominant mobile OS in the world.
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Winning: Windows 7, and, Maybe, 8
Microsoft recently said it had sold a total of 350 million licenses of Windows 7 since launching the desktop OS in late 2009. Windows users have shown near universal love for Microsoft's latest OS; a likely relief for the company after the Windows Vista hate fest. And there is even hope that the forthcoming Windows 8 will also be a crowd pleaser--breaking Microsoft's habit of producing one great OS followed by a universally hated one.
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Don't call Kinect a fad, because video game fans are eating up Microsoft's motion-based gaming add-on for Xbox 360. Microsoft said in late April during its Q3 2011 earnings call that it had sold 2.4 million Kinect devices during the quarter. The company sold 2.7 million Xbox 360 consoles during the same time.