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The 2015 Microsoft Product Roadmap

Windows 10 is the obvious headliner of this year's roadmap, but Microsoft has many other key releases coming down the pipeline, including touch-enabled Office, on-premises SharePoint and Exchange, and test versions of the next iteration of Windows Server. Here's a look at what's to come, and when.

Surface 3 Unveiled, Will Hit Retail Shelves in May

Microsoft on Tuesday took the wraps off the Surface 3, the thinnest and lightest version of its tablet.

How Good Can a $60 Windows 8.1 Tablet Be?

WEB EXCLUSIVE: The answer is pretty good, judging by the performance and features of the WinBook 7-inch TW700 Tablet -- a whole lot of Windows 8.1 computer for a very small price tag.

Microsoft Pushes Next Windows Server, System Center Releases to 2016

The next releases of Microsoft's Windows Server and System Center products will not appear until 2016, Microsoft said on Friday.

Consumer Windows 7 and Windows 8 Sales Ending This Week

Friday, Oct. 31, will mark the end of retail sales of consumer editions of Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Microsoft Bringing Docker Containers to Windows Server

The next version of Microsoft's Windows Server product will support Docker containers, Microsoft announced on Wednesday.

Faster Windows Cycle Brings Subtle Changes to Microsoft Support Policies

The traditional Windows release cycle of once every three years -- with a service pack or two thrown in -- became mostly old news last year, when Microsoft switched to annual product releases.

Report: Orgs Using Windows 7 Should Start Migration Plans Now

Windows XP isn't even cold yet, but researchers at Gartner Inc. are already urging organizations to begin making plans to move off of Windows 7.

'Virtual Desktop' Feature Reportedly Coming to Windows 9

The next version of Windows could have a new "virtual desktops" feature, according to reports this week.

Microsoft Confirms Updates for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2

Microsoft on Tuesday confirmed that it will issue new updates for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 as part of this month's "patch Tuesday" rollout, scheduled for Aug. 12.

Report: Windows 9 May Be a Free Upgrade

Microsoft may offer "Windows 9" as a free upgrade to entice users of older Windows editions, according to a recent report by longtime Microsoft reporter Mary Jo Foley.

Second Windows 8.1 Update Reportedly Coming August

A new operating system update called "Windows 8.1 Update 2" may arrive on Aug. 12, according to media reports on Monday.

Microsoft Talks Up Recent Windows Updates, Stays Quiet on 'Threshold'

Microsoft spent much of Wednesday's Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) keynote touting recent improvements to Windows and Windows Phone, but gave few details about its plan for the platforms going forward.

Microsoft Releases 'Apportals' for Windows 8

Microsoft on Friday launched "Windows Apportals," a custom portal technology for organizations using Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.

Report: Windows 9 Will Have Desktop-Focused Improvements

Windows 9, code-named "Threshold," will include improvements for those who primarily use the traditional desktop environment for Win32-based applications, according to longtime Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley.