Microsoft had an eventful year, with the launch of a major new version of the Windows operating system among other things, while the firm's cloud-based services continued to show strong growth and customer acceptance.
We've rounded up the top 10 most read Microsoft stories on V3 from across the year, and there are a few surprises - such as the release of a new version of Office not making the top 10 - while the number of stories regarding security, privacy and service outages showed that these remain key concerns for Microsoft customers as we enter another year.
Windows 10 update tool included in latest Microsoft release
Interest was generated by an update for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 that added the ability to notify users when Windows 10 became available, in line with Microsoft's undertaking that users are offered a free upgrade to the latest version of the operating system.
Microsoft Office 365 hit with major outage across Europe
Users of Microsoft's Office 365 cloud services in Europe were unable to access their accounts for some time at the beginning of December. It was not the first and almost certainly not the last time.
Microsoft issues 14 Patch Tuesday updates for Windows 10, Office and IE
Microsoft issued a bumper Patch Tuesday release in August including updates for the recently released Windows 10 platform, as well as old favourites Internet Explorer, Office and Silverlight. The firm would later pass the mark of 130 security fixes for 2015.
Microsoft: What new Windows, Skype and online privacy rules mean for users
Microsoft announced in June that it will bolster the privacy capabilities of its Windows, Skype, Xbox and OneDrive services to create transparent and easy to use tools. This came before the release of Windows 10, when customers found that the platform was sending a slew of telemetry about their use of the system back to Microsoft.
Microsoft pushes out Windows 10 Mobile preview Build 10536 as launch date nears
Microsoft delivered a new test build of Windows 10 Mobile aimed at smartphones, adding a number of fixes and an updated Photos app with the autumn launch date seemingly just around the corner. However, it has yet to be released for anything beyond the latest Lumia handsets.
Chinese hackers hitting Microsoft Outlook users with man-in-the-middle attacks
News broke in January that Chinese hackers had apparently launched a wave of man-in-the-middle attacks capable of stealing emails, contacts and passwords targeting Microsoft Outlook users in the country.
Microsoft launches Dynamics NAV 2016, adding cloud and analytics to ERP software
In October, Microsoft announced the general availability of Dynamics NAV 2016, targeting the enterpriser resource planning software at small and medium businesses.
The latest version of Dynamics NAV includes tighter integration with Microsoft's Azure cloud platform, Dynamics CRM and Office 365.
Microsoft ends free Patch Tuesday security notices
In January, Microsoft announced it was to stop providing free Patch Tuesday notices to non-premier customers in a move labelled by some as "an assault on IT teams".
The change relates to the Advance Notification Service that provided organisations with information about upcoming Patch Tuesday releases.
Microsoft warns of looming Internet Explorer support cut-off in January
Microsoft issued a reminder that many versions of the Internet Explorer browser will shortly become unsupported, and that most Windows users will need to be running IE 11 to continue receiving security updates and technical support.
The company is to make changes in its support policy for IE from 12 January 2016 so that only the most recent version of IE available for each supported operating system will receive technical support and security updates.
Microsoft delivers Visual Studio 2015 to target Windows 10, iOS, Android and Linux
In July, Microsoft released the latest version of its Visual Studio development platform, which allows developers to target not just the Windows 10 operating system but any device running any platform, across the desktop, web, mobile and cloud.
Intel wants to get inside your car, despite missing out on mobile
'We'll keep fighting to fight to keep the web free and open,' claim EFF
Breached in March by the same attackers, claim 'insiders'
And all for less than £150, according to Keith