Microsoft May Push Apple Out of Enterprise

While Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) struggles to stay relevant in a “post-PC” world where tablets and smartphones are increasingly being used for entertainment and even business-related tasks, a recent survey shows that Microsoft isn’t just managing to stay relevant, but that some users are actually craving more from the Windows maker.

PC sales declined in 2012, and that didn’t look so good for Microsoft, which builds the most popular PC operating system. And in the biggest growth area right now, Windows Phone isn’t as popular as Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone or Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android, and only last quarter overtook BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY), which may be coming back soon to reclaim its rank in the U.S. But perhaps even worse than the Windows Phone’s performance is that of Microsoft’s Surface tablets, barely making a blip in a market where Apple reigns supreme.

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Microsoft’s foray into the tablet market has been a struggle against the odds. Not only did the Surface line of tablets face bigger, more popular competitors, but it was bogged down by clunky names, high prices, and even a bug that struck in its infancy. But much to the chagrin of mortal enemy, Apple,  Microsoft’s fortunes may soon be turning around in one arena…