RCP's 2011 Round-Up: The 10 Most Popular Features of the Year

10. Top 10 Windows 8 Features for Microsoft Partners
Microsoft's recent Build conference gave partners -- and the world -- the first in-depth look at the forthcoming Windows 8 operating system. From the radically different UI to Hyper-V support, here are the top 10 features Microsoft revealed at Build that partners should pay close attention to. [Read the story here.]

9. How Microsoft Partners Are Selling Office 365
The release of Office 365 is arguably the most disruptive new offering to the Microsoft channel in recent memory and one that will change the way many partners sell messaging, collaboration, productivity and communications. [Read the story here.]

8. What's Going On with HP?
For tens of thousands of Microsoft partners, HP is their other strategic vendor. A look at what is driving HP's seemingly scattershot moves. [Read the story here.]

7. Partners: 6 Ways To Get Free Microsoft Product Licenses
Hidden in plain sight within the Microsoft Partner Network are six places where partners can get free product licenses. Hint: Check your Internal Use Rights. [Read the story here.]

6. Smartphone Shootout: iPhone 4 vs. Windows Phone 7
On the Verizon Wireless network, Apple and Microsoft each have one offering: the iPhone 4 and the HTC Trophy with Windows Phone 7. Both are relatively new to the largest U.S. mobile provider's network. Which phone is better? [Read the story here.]

5. Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 Lineup: A Complete Guide to U.S. Models
The U.S. smartphone market is moving fast. We size up the devices that Microsoft is hoping will carry its Windows Phone 7 platform -- to relevance or better. [Read the story here.]

4. Microsoft Partner Network Cost: How Much To Join the MPN?
The short answer? It depends. For most U.S. solution providers, the MPN costs between $0 and $3,800. We break down the perks of five cost levels in this range so you can determine where your firm will get the most bang for its buck. [Read the story here.]

3. 28 Things Partners Should Know About Office 365
Microsoft just launched the much-anticipated successor to BPOS. Here's what every partner needs to know. [Read the story here.]

2. 23 Intriguing iPad Apps for Microsoft Partners
We slogged through the App Store to bring the most interesting iPad apps to the surface. Some are free, others are expensive but all have potential for integration into Microsoft partner-provided solutions. [Read the story here.]

1. The 2011 Microsoft Product Roadmap
It should come as little surprise that kicking off this year's roadmap is Office 365, which will bring the 2010 wave of Exchange, Office and SharePoint to the cloud, along with the new Lync unified communications (UC) platform. [Read the story here.]

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