Readers vote with their clicks: The 20 hottest Microsoft stories in 2010

Readers vote with their clicks: The 20 hottest Microsoft stories in 2010

Summary: It's always interesting to look back at the end of the year and see what earned us our supper -- and your clicks. Were there any constant themes or trends?

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As long-time readers of this blog know, we're very attuned to page views around here at ZDNet. That metric has helped us hone what kinds of stories we write, based on what our readers care about. (Clicks also determine how much we bloggers earn.)

So it's always interesting to look back at the end of the year and see what earned us our supper -- and your clicks. Were there any constant themes or trends?

Unsurprisingly, I noticed that you readers can't get enough about what's next: IE 9, Windows 8, Office 15, mobile futures. But you also are still very interested in Windows XP (not too surprising, given XP represents more than half of the Windows installed base out there).

My purchase of an iPad -- an event described by one fellow blogger as an event causing "blood to rain down on the holy land" -- was another popular item. (And one that led to an interesting bit of discussion for me this past weekend with the gentleman I met at a holiday gathering in New York. (For the record, we both agreed that we still are PCs, despite Microsoft's convoluted messaging around slates/tablets.)

Here's the full list of the 20 top page-getters on my All About Microsoft blog for the past year, ranked from high to low.

1. Is this Microsoft's new Internet Explorer 9 interface? 2. Microsoft: Our strategy with Silverlight has shifted 3. Microsoft's Office 2010 Pro Plus: What's inside? 4. I confess: I bought an iPad (and so far I love it) 5. Microsoft halts Windows Update distribution of security fix after blue-screen reports 6. Microsoft offers Windows XP, Office XP users 50 percent discount to encourage upgrades 7. Microsoft will allow Windows 7 users to downgrade to XP 8. Microsoft IE 9 developer preview with HTML5 support ready for download 9. Microsoft starts sharing Windows 8 plans with PC partners 10. Office 15: What's Microsoft's new mystery application? 11. Microsoft's Windows 7 chief: It's not us; It's your batteries 12. Microsoft Research shows off a prototype 'Menlo' mobile phone 13. Amazon becomes the latest company using Linux to pay Microsoft for patent deal 14. Five surprising things about Microsoft's Kin 15. Microsoft layoffs: Marketing, Office, partner groups all reportedly hit 16. Seven things to know about Windows Phone 7 17. A Windows Phone 7 'review' from a non-reviewer 18. Early version of Windows Home Server 'Vail' leaks to the Web 19. Microsoft removes hardware virtualization barrier to running XP Mode 20: Microsoft Office 2010: What's still missing?

I have to say, I was surprised not to see any cloud-focused posts in the top 20. And my post on J Allard's goodbye note only made it to No. 23.

All in all, it's been an interesting 2010. Keep those tips coming! Happy holidays!

Topics: Browser, Microsoft

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • RE: Readers vote with their clicks: The 20 hottest Microsoft stories in 2010

    Number 2 links to same page as number 1.

    Greetings,

    Leon Zandman
    lzandman
  • RE: Readers vote with their clicks: The 20 hottest Microsoft stories in 2010

    Keep them coming too Mary-Jo and Happy Holidays also.
    Mythos7
  • Death to Windows XP!

    'Nuff said.
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • Not until 2014

      'Nuff said.
      LTV10
    • Maybe not dead, but comatose.

      @Cylon Centurion 0005

      Vital signs are fading fast.
      Lester Young
  • RE: Readers vote with their clicks: The 20 hottest Microsoft stories in 2010

    Mary Jo says she is surprised "the cloud" did not appear among the top 20 favorites.
    Mary Jo is so sadly out of tune with ZDNet's readers.
    nikacat
    • cloud

      Or, perhaps certain readers are out of tune with what's happening in the market? Some folks are still working with XP and some are moving to the cloud... there's a little of everything out there, it seems to me. MJ
      Mary Jo Foley
      • RE: Readers vote with their clicks: The 20 hottest Microsoft stories in 2010

        @Mary Jo Foley

        The cloud is exactly the same as mainframe computing. except the IT department is in another country, you are one of thousands of faceless clients and everything is a lot slower. Yes there are lots of spruikers, but is it interesting - NO. Yes, it's useful in specific areas, but an interesting tech topic - no. Much too meta for me.

        Been there, done that.
        tonymcs1
    • The Cloud is a fancy word...

      @nikacat The cloud is a fancy word for Virtualization. If you were to say Hyper-V or VMWare you would get people's attention. If you say the cloud, everyone thinks you're talking about the weather report and then they change the channels. They really need to come up with a better phrase than "Cloud Hosting". That phrase makes me want to call in the rain maker and do some dances.<br><br>Yes, there are plenty of apps in the cloud already and have been there for some time. Stuff like Akamai were early apps for clouds. Current stuff is Amazon hosted DNS (They call it route 53) and even Google's GMail is a cloud app. You can setup 200gb for $50 and archive tons of mail there. Throw in pictures and your precious documents and you'll never lose it again due to a failed hard drive.<br><br>There are plenty of apps. But they need to call it something other than "Cloud".
      jefferson3
  • RE: Readers vote with their clicks: The 20 hottest Microsoft stories in 2010

    Give us more codewords, that's always exciting stuff.
    james347
  • RE: Readers vote with their clicks: The 20 hottest Microsoft stories in 2010

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