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The 10 Biggest Software Stories Of 2012

It was a year of big product introductions, big data technologies and big embarrassments in the software industry. Here's a look back at 10 stories that kept the software industry interesting this year.

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Headlines Galore In 2012

From major product introductions like Microsoft's Windows 8 to major embarrassments like Apple's botched mobile map application and Hewlett-Packard's Autonomy debacle, 2012 was a busy year in the software industry.

The industry continued to undergo some major transformations with the shift away from on-premise software to cloud computing and the explosion of new software technologies to handle "big data." And some major players in the IT industry took big steps to increase their software footprint -- Dell's $2.4-billion acquisition of Quest Software being the prime example.

Here's a look at 10 of biggest software stories of 2012.

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