RCP's 2013 Wrap-Up: The 10 Most Popular News Stories of the Year

Windows 8 was a big draw for readers this year, but other products also made headlines. Here are the most-read news items of 2013.

10. Windows 8.1 Enterprise RTM Released to TechNet, MSDN (Sept. 17)
READER COMMENT: "Microsoft's TechNet and MSDN subscribers can now access the release-to-manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 8.1 Enterprise." [Read here.]

9. Survey: Microsoft Named Most Important Vendor to CIOs (Feb. 15)
FROM THE ARTICLE: "Chief information officers named Microsoft their most indispensable "mega-vendor" in Piper Jaffray's quarterly CIO Survey released to its clients this week." [Read here.]

8. Windows Sever 2012 R2 Coming with Hyper-V Improvements (June 11)
READER COMMENT: "Microsoft detailed the new Hyper-V improvements to come with Windows Server 2012 R2 during a presentation at last week's TechEd event." [Read here.]

7. Windows 8.1 RTM and Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM Released to MSDN, TechNet (Sept. 8)
READER COMMENT: "The word is that Apple is the OS winner unless Microsoft can make Windows 8 'desktop friendly' and so far -- 8.1 ain't even close." [Read here.]

6. Microsoft Releases Exchange 2010 Service Pack 3 (Feb. 13)
FROM THE ARTICLE: "One big snag for those IT pros hoping to use the new service pack to run Exchange 2010 alongside Exchange 2013 is that they will have to wait for Microsoft to release Exchange 2013 Cumulative Update 1." [Read here.]

5. Microsoft Axing Forefront TMG Due to Exchange Security Improvements (July 17)
FROM THE ARTICLE: "Microsoft is phasing out its Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) product in part because it's no longer needed to secure newer versions of Exchange and Exchange Online." [Read here.]

4. Microsoft Releases Third Wave of Windows 8.1 Updates (July 26)
READER COMMENT: "[Windows] 8.1 is not necessarily going to pull out Microsoft from the deep pit! Other than performance improvements and snappiness of the experience, I do not really see much difference in the strategy for going for a hybrid OS..." [Read here.]

3. Google Apps Making Inroads Against Microsoft Office, Gartner Says (April 23)
READER COMMENT: "Gartner is clueless when it said, 'We're not sure Microsoft can beat Google's pace of innovation.'" [Read here.]

2. Windows 8 Upgrade Offer Expires This Month (Jan. 24)
READER COMMENT: "How about a Windows 8 downgrade offer! Downgrade to Windows 7 Pro. Leave Windows 8 for your kids." [Read here.]

1. Microsoft Explains Office 2013's Single-PC Licensing Limitation (Feb. 21)
READER COMMENT: "As I watch [the] share price of MS fall after this debacle I am recommending my customers to use open office which is considerably easier to install, use and maintain." [Read here.]

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