For Microsoft, Windows 10 is a ‘cornerstone’ no more

For Microsoft, Windows 10 is a ‘cornerstone’ no more

Microsoft last week struck the word “cornerstone” from its annual Form 10-K filing with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) when describing Windows 10, a change from four years of honoring the OS.

Geekwire first reported on the omission after using Microsoft Word to compare this year’s and last’s filings.

“Windows 10 is the cornerstone of our ambition, providing a foundation for the secure, modern workplace, and designed to foster innovation through rich and consistent experiences across the range of existing devices and entirely new device categories (emphasis added),” Microsoft said in a wordy description within its filing of 2018.

This year’s 10-K, which appeared on the SEC site Thursday, omits not only “cornerstone” but much else besides. Instead of something along the lines of the 2018 statement touting Windows 10’s place of pride, Microsoft substituted this sentence:

“We are bringing Office, Windows, and devices together for an enhanced and more cohesive customer experience,” read the latest 10-K.

Nothing of cornerstones, nothing about Windows 10 specifically in that paragraph, where in earlier filings, Microsoft had phrased things in these ways:

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