CEO: Steve Ballmer
Microsoft came out on top this year, proving there are plenty of partner opportunities in the Microsoft universe such as in cloud computing with the Windows Azure platform and Office 365 cloud applications, and upgrading customers from Windows XP. The pending acquisition of Nokia, expected to be completed next year, should create opportunities in the fast-growing mobile arena.
Microsoft named Eric Martorano, a rising star in the company's channel organization, to be general manager of U.S. channel sales. And the search is on to find a replacement for the retiring CEO Steve Ballmer.