2015 has been a big year for Microsoft -- not because they openly committed to the cloud-first, mobile-first approach, not because they launched Windows 10, but because they're balancing those new approaches with some continuations of big things begun in previous years.
Some of those things even started to happen under Steve Ballmer before his departure in February 2014.
These five areas show what the company is embracing in its technologies and how they're pushing their core technology approaches to customers. These are the biggest stories of the year for Microsoft. Enjoy.