What lies ahead for Microsoft in 2015 can be summarized in just two words: Windows 10.

The company’s fate has always been deeply intertwined with Windows, but next year’s upgrade carries unusual weight. Like Windows 7 did in 2009, Windows 10 needs to undo the damage done by its predecessor, Windows 8. It’s no exaggeration to say that Microsoft can’t afford to screw this one up.

Sure, Microsoft still makes heaps of money from its software that runs on PCs and servers in thousands of businesses — big and small — worldwide, and most of those computers aren’t running the latest version of Windows, or anything even close. Windows 10 won’t have any immediate impact on that dominating footprint. …

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