While I haven’t had a lot to say on any subject lately, I would be remiss in not congratulating Microsoft on having an excellent year in 2014. I have been quite critical of Microsoft in the past. From the days of the OS wars to the introduction of the Surface tablet, I have been vocal in my distaste for their methods.
Now, that never stopped me from using many of their products. Some of it out of necessity mind you. However, competition forces have made Microsoft grow and change more in the last year than they have in many years prior.
The most significant event of the year to me was the naming of Satya Nadella as CEO. The changes that he has brought about have clearly transformed the company back into a true industry competitor.
Now, while many of the other important changes this past year had been started under Steve Ballmer’s watch, I doubt that they would have been implemented in the same way utilizing his vision. So without further ado, here is my list of Microsoft’s other significant achievements:
- Microsoft Office for iOS
- Windows 10
- Visual Studio 2013 Community Edition
- Surface Pro 3 launch
- Completion of the Nokia acquisition
Update 2015/01/21: How could I possibly forget this one?
- Open sourcing .NET stack and expanding it to run on Linux and Mac OS platforms