The 10 Biggest Software Stories Of 2010

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A Wild Ride For The Software Industry

It's been a tumultuous year in the software industry. In other words, business as usual.

There have been acquisitions, from Intel's blockbuster buyout of McAfee to IBM's acquisition of, well, just about everybody. There were Microsoft's efforts to extend its Windows hegemony into mobile computing with Windows Phone 7, and growing recognition by Hewlett-Packard that having software account for 3 percent of its total revenue isn't enough. And there was the pending sale of Novell, once a head-to-head competitor of Microsoft, now a relatively minor player.

But perhaps the biggest software-related stories in 2010 were the mega-trends, led by the growing adoption of cloud computing and Software-as-a-Service, which are changing how software is delivered and managed, if not changing the concept of "software" itself.

Here's our list of the top software stories for 2010.

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