A 10-year search deal with Yahoo! is just the latest in a string of recent wins for Microsoft, which had for years been reeling from competition on multiple fronts from Google, Apple and others. The launch of search engine Bing, the success of gaming system Xbox and a new version of Windows are bringing back fans. Keith Richman, chief executive of video site Break.com, said, "Suddenly you don't feel like a moron for saying you use a Microsoft product."

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