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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 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.

Rumor: Windows 8.1 Update 2, Windows 9 To Have First Outing at WPC

Microsoft is preparing to unveil Windows 8.1 Update 2 and an early version of Windows 9 at July's Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), according to online leaker "WZor."

Windows 8.1 Update Reaches Consumer Install Deadline

For individual Windows 8.1 users, Tuesday marked the installation deadline for Windows 8.1 Update.

Report: Start Menu May Return Next Year in Windows 9

The Start Menu may not return to Windows until next year's release of Windows 9, rumored to be code-named "Threshold."

Windows 8.1 with Bing Coming Preloaded on Low-End Devices

A new Windows 8.1 edition with Bing will come preinstalled on lower-cost devices starting this fall, Microsoft announced on Friday.