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The 2014 Microsoft Product Roadmap

From Windows 8.1 receiving its first major update to the "Threshold" release wave beginning to take shape, 2014 promises to be an important year for Microsoft's vision of a more unified product ecosystem. Key releases for Office, Dynamics, Windows Phone and others are also in the offing over the next 12 months.

Microsoft Adds Windows Client Support to Azure Backup

Microsoft's Azure Backup service is now capable of backing up data from Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 machines, thanks to an update released this week.

Microsoft Irons Out Bluescreen Problems in Windows 10 Preview

Microsoft has fixed the major bluescreen problems that have been reported by testers of some Windows 10 preview builds, the company said this week.

Salesforce.com Bridges Gap with SharePoint and OneDrive Files

Salesforce.com on Wednesday unveiled its new Salesforce Files Connect product, which is designed to bridge its cloud-based CRM services with file repositories from other companies, including Microsoft.

Microsoft Releases Public Preview of Azure AD Connect

Microsoft this week launched a public preview of its Azure Active Directory (AD) Connect tool and announced plans to discontinue its other sync tools.

2014 Security Review: The Year in Breaches, Hacks and Exploits

Some of the security incidents that dominated headlines in 2014 were predictable. Others came as a complete surprise.

Microsoft Rolls Out Multiple Azure Services

Microsoft released a number of improvements to its sprawling Azure cloud platform last week, some of them in preview and some in general availability.

How Cloud Partners Can Identify (and Plug) Datacenter Security Holes

Most of the top cloud vendors provide basic datacenter security controls, but for partners looking to launch cloud-based services with third-party vendors, "basic" isn't enough. Where are the security holes in a cloud datacenter, and how can partners fill in those gaps for their customers?

Microsoft To Spotlight Windows 10's Consumer Perks Next Month

Microsoft will showcase Windows 10's consumer features in a live-streamed event from its Redmond, Wash., campus on Jan. 21., the company announced on Thursday.

Microsoft, Accenture Collaborate on Hybrid Cloud Platform

Microsoft is partnering with IT consulting giant Accenture on a hybrid cloud platform aimed at promoting and supporting cloud use among enterprises.

Microsoft Updates Government-Focused Cloud Offerings

Microsoft on Tuesday announced several milestones for its roster of cloud services aimed at public sector agencies.

Microsoft Clarifies Its Windows 10 Release Timeframe

Windows 10 will become generally available by "late summer" or "early fall" of 2015, said Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner on Thursday.

Security Lockdown Guide: How To Fight the Next Generation of Black Hats

The proliferation of cloud services, mobile devices and Big Data presents a radically altered attack surface for customer IT assets. The Black Hats have adapted. Have you?

Azure RemoteApp Reaching General Availability Next Week

Microsoft's new Azure RemoteApp service will be available for purchase starting Dec. 11, Microsoft announced Thursday.

Microsoft Adds Video Calling to Lync and Skype

It is now possible for Microsoft Lync users to make video calls with users of Skype, and vice versa, Microsoft announced on Friday.