Microsoft was once king of technology, owning 90 percent of the operating systems market and making Bill Gates the world's wealthiest human.
Times have changed. As demand shifted from desktops to laptops and then to tablets and smartphones, Microsoft lost its reign to Google and Apple.
So drastic is the trend that a new report from technology research and advisory firm Gartner forecasts that by 2017, Microsoft could be all but obsolete.
How is this possible? By then, shipments of devices using Google’s Android operating system will likely dwarf shipments of Windows PCs and phones.