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: Nokia It's too early to call one of Microsoft's biggest moves in 2013 a hit or a miss: Nokia.

Microsoft spent a piggybank-pummeling $7.17 billion to acquire the company's phone and tablet business in September, with the deal expected to close early next year. Theoretically, the deal could give Microsoft's fledgling devices division a big boost in expertise and established sales channels, and give the company a more Apple-esque grip over the Windows Phone ecosystem. Nokia sells a whopping 90-plus percent of all Windows Phones.

Then again, Windows Phone sales are slack, and Nokia was said to be faltering before Microsoft's deus ex machina. Only time will tell whether the union succeeds or fails.

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