In Pictures: Microsoft's most monumental hits, misses, and moments of 2013

They say you don't move forward by standing still. In a frenzied grasp for relevance in the mobile age, Microsoft spent 2013 shaking things up at a cellular level.

Reply hazy, try again: 'One Microsoft' Microsoft's grand restructuring is the haziest, most monumental change of all. Longtime CEO Steve Ballmer announced his retirement—disruptive in itself—but he's shaking things up hard before he goes.

Ballmer blew up Microsoft's product-focused team structure in favor of a more function-based structure (operating systems, devices, and so on), to get everybody working together under a "One Microsoft, all the time" mantra. Then Ballmer declared that Microsoft is now a device and services shop rather than a software company. Heck, he even did away with the long-used "stack-ranking" employee evaluation system.

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