In Pictures: Microsoft's 13 biggest wins and fails of 2012

It's been a busy year for Microsoft, including its challenges to Apple and Google on mobility

Win: The Windows desktop is better than ever

The biggest news about Windows 8 may be the system's new touchscreen interface, but the traditional desktop in Windows 8 saw some big improvements, too. New desktop upgrades include a revamped file copy dialog, better printer discovery, improved multiple-monitor support, pooled storage via the new Storage Spaces feature, a new chkdsk, and improved version history. Basic speed and performance have improved as well on the desktop side of Windows 8, and that's a benefit that any hardcore PC user can appreciate.

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