Attendees try an interactive display at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January.
Rank in Computer Software: 5
(Previous rank: 5)
Overall score: 6.54
Why it's admiredThe successful launch of Windows 7 and the debut of search engine Bing – a noble effort to win over Google detractors -- shows that Microsoft is still holding onto its title as king of the software business. In the works at the house that Gates built: software for a mobile smartphone and a new tablet OS to vie with Apple; a new version of the company's Office application suite; and a revamped xBox console to compete with Nintendo's Wii. --C.T.
Should Microsoft be admired, or what?