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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.

Windows 8.1 Update Released to Volume Licensing

Volume licensing customers can now access Microsoft's updates to Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry on the company's Volume License Service Center (VLSC).

Microsoft Begins Windows 8.1 Update Rollout

Windows 8.1 Update, which Microsoft showcased at last week's Build conference, begins rolling out to PCs and devices on Wednesday via the Windows Update service.

Microsoft Exec Details Window 8.1 Update's Enterprise Enhancements

Erwin Visser, general manager of Windows and Windows Phone Commercial Marketing, explained some of the nuances of this week's Build announcements in a phone interview on Wednesday.

Windows Server 2012 R2 Update Released to MSDN, TechNet

An update to Windows Server 2012 R2 became available on Wednesday for MSDN and TechNet subscribers.

Microsoft Readies Windows 8.1 Update for April 8 Release

Microsoft gave more details about the first update to Windows 8.1 on Wednesday at its Build conference.

Asus Reportedly Axes Windows-Android PC Plans

PC maker Asus is shelving its plans to release a dual-boot tablet PC that runs both Android and Windows, according to Digitimes.

Firefox Dumps Windows 8's 'Metro' UI Over Lack of Use

Mozilla, the company behind Firefox, will no longer support its browser for Windows 8, citing low usage rates.

Reports: Microsoft Slashing Windows 8.1 Costs for OEMs

In a move to alleviate its slipping OS market share, Microsoft is reportedly slashing Windows 8.1 licensing costs for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that make lower-priced devices.

Reports: Windows 8.1 Update 1 Now at RTM Stage

Windows 8.1 Update 1 is now at the final stages of development, according to several reports on Tuesday.

Windows 8.1 Update 1, Windows Server 2012 R2 Update Due Spring

Microsoft on Sunday confirmed that Windows 8.1 Update 1 will be released sometime this spring, alongside an update to Windows Server 2012 R2.

Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Spaces Get Dell Support

Dell's PowerEdge Servers, its SAS Host Bus Adapters, as well as its PowerVault MD1200 and MD1220 storage enclosures now support Windows Server 2012 R2's "storage spaces" feature, Dell said Tuesday.

Analysis: Orgs Must Adapt to Microsoft's Faster Windows Cadence

Microsoft's faster release cycle for its Windows operating system should be a signal for organizations that they can no longer rely on past upgrade strategies, according to research firm Gartner.

Windows 8.1 Update 1 Release Reportedly Pushed Back to April

The first update to Microsoft's Windows 8.1 is now expected to arrive in April instead of March, as previously reported.

Report: IE 11 Will Get 'Enterprise Mode' in Windows 8.1 Update 1

Microsoft is planning to add an "enterprise mode" feature to its Internet Explorer 11 browser, according to a report Monday from ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley.