In Pictures: 11 things Microsoft is actually doing right

From Office to Hyper-V to Azure, the much-maligned 'dying dinosaur' has a lot going for it as the Ballmer era winds down

3. Windows Phone brings innovation to mobile -- no, really Windows Phone hasn't taken the mobile market by storm, but don't be too quick to dismiss it. Now third in global smartphone OS market share, Windows Phone is getting notice for its sleek nonskeumorphic design (hello, iOS 7). Moreover, its tile-based Metro interface puts actual information right on the home screen -- surprisingly useful on small mobile devices. Plus, the Windows Phone contact manager has been deservedly praised for its ability to sync and de-dupe contact information from multiple accounts -- including social media.

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