Windows 95 was a windfall for Microsoft. After its release in the summer of 1995, the program sold 40 million copies over the next 12 months. Microsoft greatly improved upon previous operating systems. The graphical user interface and 32-bit architecture were a leap above everything else.
Combining superior technology and profittable monetization, Google Search has been responsible for much of the company's success. Although Android dominates the smartphone market, Google receives little profit from the sales of devices that run on it. The company provides the open-source software free to manufacturers.
Although a commercial failure, Mossberg felt that Apple's Newton MessagePad was ahead of its time and set the stage for today's wireless revolution. However, the iPod, iPhone, and iPad have sold like hotcakes, resulting in significant cash flow and happy investors.
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