Microsoft Attacking On All Fronts
Microsoft went into 2016 with two ambitious plans: carry out the largest software upgrade cycle ever, and maintain the tremendous cloud momentum that's propelling the company into the future.
The Windows 10 upgrade cycle had some hiccups, but near year's end, more than 400 million machines around the world were running the new OS.
On the cloud front, Azure's Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Platform-as-a-Service offerings continued their spectacular growth. Microsoft also updated its Software-as-a-Service portfolio with new products such as Dynamics 365 that introduced powerful capabilities.
Those SaaS products stand to benefit tremendously once they natively integrate professional data from leading professional social network LinkedIn, which Microsoft paid more for last summer than any previous acquisition in the company's history.
(For more of our 2016 retrospective, check out 'CRN's 2016 Tech Year In Review.')