9. Ups And Downs In Server And Tools
Windows and desktop applications have long been Microsoft's main revenue producers. But fiscal 2012 (ending June 30) growth in the company's Server and Tools division demonstrated how much of the company's revenue today is coming from such data center-centric products as Windows Server, SQL Server and System Center.
Server and Tools sales reached $18.7 billion in fiscal 2012, up 12 percent from the previous year -- the first time the division's revenue exceeded the Windows and Windows Live Division, which reported a 3 percent drop in sales to $18.4 billion
But the division suffered a blow early on when 15-year Microsoft veteran Robert Wahbe, the corporate vice president who managed Server and Tools, left the company in January. Today Wahbe, according to his LinkedIn page, is CEO of Seattle-based startup Highspot Inc.