The Top 10 Microsoft Stories Of 2013

4. Microsoft's Big Investment In Dell

Dell in February revealed a $24.4 billion deal that would end its run as a publicly traded company, a deal that included a $2 billion loan from Microsoft.

"Microsoft is committed to the long-term success of the entire PC ecosystem and invests heavily in a variety of ways to build that ecosystem for the future," Microsoft said at the time.

"It's a high-risk investment," one top executive for a Microsoft OEM told CRN at the time. "It is going to be hard for Microsoft to manage its other OEM relationships. It is definitely going to negatively impact those relationships."