RCP's 2012 Wrap-Up: The 10 Most Popular News Stories of the Year

Here are the most-read news articles of 2012, from major product milestones to the death of Windows Small Business Server and more.

10. Microsoft Launches Visual Studio 2012 (Sept. 12)

READER COMMENT: "Microsoft's UI Team for VS 2012 has been smoking crack! The experience is absolutely horrendous." [Read here.]

9. SQL Server 2012 Licensing To Result in Price Hikes (March 23)

FROM THE ARTICLE: "However, even though Microsoft has attempted to simplify the licensing with this release, calculating the costs will be an undertaking for organizations." [Read here.]

8. Office 2013, SharePoint 2013 and Exchange 2013 Previews Released (July 19)

FROM THE ARTICLE: "The releases come a day after Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president of the Microsoft Office Division, officiated over the launch of the next Office 365, which includes an actual service-enabled version of the full Microsoft Office productivity suite." [Read here.]

7. Office 2013, SharePoint 2013 and Exchange 2013 RTM; Office 365 Update Due Nov. (Oct. 15)

FROM THE ARTICLE: "The RTM milestone indicates that the products are complete and close to being available on the market for purchase." [Read here.]

6. Gartner Warns XP Orgs Against Skipping Windows 7 for Windows 8 (Sept. 27)

READER COMMENT: "There really isn't much incentive for organizations who can't move any faster off XP (for app [compatibility] reasons, for example) to move to 7 rather than 8." [Read here.]

5. Microsoft Reveals Windows Server 2012 Editions, Axes SBS and WHS (July 5)

READER COMMENT: "Roughly 90% of our customer base uses SBS. Thanks, Microsoft, for building a great product and improving it over the years and allowing me to build a great little business based on that product, then yanking the carpet form under my feet." [Read here.]

4. Office 2013, SharePoint 2013, Exchange 2013 Released to Volume Licensees (Nov. 1)

FROM THE ARTICLE: "Volume licensing customers can now access Microsoft Office 2013, plus various application servers with the '2013' branding..." [Read here.]

3. Office, Exchange '15' Coming Early 2013, According To Leaked Roadmap (April 16)

FROM THE ARTICLE: "A few clues about Microsoft's product roadmap for this year and the next were unearthed recently." [Read here.]

2. Office 2013, SharePoint 2013, Exchange 2013 Released to TechNet and MSDN (Oct. 24)

READER COMMENT: "I hope this isn't a 1/2 baked solution that they regret. So far I like the Preview Version of Outlook, but time will tell." [Read here.]

1. SQL Server 2012 'Launch Event' Set for March 7, But Release Date Unclear (Jan 25)

FROM THE ARTICLE: "SQL Server 2012, the next generation of Microsoft's relational database management system, appears to be marching closer to product release." [Read here.]

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