On the mobile front, Microsoft has been facing formidable competition from Apple's ubiquitous iPhones and iPads as well as popular smartphones from manufacturers such as Samsung featuring Google's Android platform. But in the wake of Apple's $1.05 billion patent win against Samsung
, Microsoft has much to cheer about as its Windows Phone 8 gears up for a Q4 2012 launch. While some critics and analysts have derided the company in recent months for not keeping pace with search, mobile and cloud trends, all that may change in Q4 when the company launches its Windows 8
operating system, along with Windows Phone 8 and Office 2013
. Here, CIO Insight examines 10 reasons why Microsoft remains relevant for today's enterprise, even as it faces stiff competition on all fronts.