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The 10 Biggest Microsoft Stories Of 2014

The last 12 months will go down as a period of momentous events the likes of which haven't been seen in Microsoft's 39-year history. Here are CRN's picks for the 10 biggest Microsoft stories of 2014.

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9. Popular Microsoft Longtimers Get Key Promotions

One of the first moves Satya Nadella made after taking over as Microsoft CEO in February was to appoint Windows Azure chief Scott Guthrie (pictured), a rock star in the developer community, to his old role as head of the Cloud and Enterprise group.

Microsoft development partners loved the move to promote Guthrie, a 22-year Microsoft veteran. "The honor couldn’t go to a more qualified nor esteemed person at Microsoft," Scott Stanfield, CEO of Vertigo Software, a Richmond, Calif.-based Microsoft partner, told CRN at the time.

Nadella also promoted Chris Capossela, a 23-year Microsoft veteran, to the role of executive vice president and chief marketing officer in early March. There's been a fair amount of management turnover at Microsoft in recent years, but partners like the fact that popular executives are getting bigger roles.

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