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Microsoft Fights Back with Desktop and Search
Since Apple launched its fabled comeback, Microsoft struggled to maintain its desktop market share. The release, and subsequent tanking, of Vista did not help the bloodletting. This year, Microsoft staged its own comeback, of sorts. Microsoft released Windows 7 on time and, in time for the holiday shopping rush. Guess what? People actually like it and preliminary reports show Microsoft already won back some of its market share lost by the Vista fiasco. 2009 also saw the release of Bing – Microsoft’s new search engine aimed at unseating Google. It’s doubtful if Bing will ever kill Google Search (Come on, it’s Google) but, reports show that Bing is gaining share. Combine Microsoft’s snuggly relationship with Yahoo, announced in July, with their joint intention for Google’s destruction, and the company is making headway in the search wars. Going up against Google in the search war won’t be easy, and the buzz around Chrome ensure this war will wage for a while, but hats-off to Microsoft for upping the ante and giving a glimpse of the gumption that made Microsoft great in its heyday.