Microsoft, the public multinational corporation, develops and manufactures a wide range of products and services related to computing. Nowadays, it dominates the home computer operating system (OS) market with MS-DOS and the office suite market with Microsoft Office. The company also comes into the video game industry with the Xbox 360 and the consumer electronics market with Zune as well as the Windows Phone OS. Here is the list of top five great Microsoft achievements.
Windows 95 played an important role in helping Windows platform dominate the world\'s computer market thanks to its mixture of pricing, backwards compatibility, marketing and timing.
Windows was not only affordable at under $100 for an upgrade but also adopted by any PC user. Besides, it mixed with some flash adverts and a release timed to coincide with the PC market
It was also a smart product, characterizing some nice "plug-n-play" features and 32-bit architecture and became the most successful operating system ever produced
Xbox 360, a massive success for Microsoft with nearly 42 million consoles, is one of three consoles that now dominate the homes of millions of people worldwide.
However, it is also infamous for its costly price and technical failures like the "Red Ring of Death”
Fortunately, the Microsoft console has still picked up loyal followers with 44.6 million units sold worldwide
Xbox LIVE, the Microsoft’s largely successful online gaming service, is now not only available through the Xbox but also on PC through Games for Windows - Live and recently on the Windows Phone 7 mobile OS.
Xbox LIVE features creative improvements such as the TrueSkill ranking system and extensive customization of avatars
The platform boasts over 20 million users
Microsoft’s Bing search engine was launched in 2009 and rose from the ashes of MSN and Live Search.
It is said that Bing doesn\'t come close to the current search giant – Google because Google makes up 80-odd per cent of the search market share compared to Bing\'s 10 per cent (including the old Yahoo Search)
Although Bing’s market share is slow and steady, it is still the right move of Microsoft
Windows Phone 7
Windows Phone 7 marks a real turnaround of the Windows Mobile platform and is listed as the fifth great achievements of Microsoft.
Windows Phone 7
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