2016 Wrap-Up: Top 10 Features of the Year

From Dynamics 365 to Windows 10's progress, here are the in-depth articles that readers checked out the most.

10. Assessing Microsoft's Windows 10 Revolution, One Year In
Microsoft rewrote its whole playbook for taking a new client OS to market with the Windows 10 release. A year later, the company's financials and analyst reports reveal how well it's working out -- for Microsoft and the ecosystem. [Read here]

9. Under Nadella, Microsoft Dynamics Steps Out of the Shadows
The Microsoft business application suite has a new lease on life -- with major investments via 2015 acquisitions, important new cloud components, new management and new partnerships with former rivals. [Read here]

8. What's the Deal with Microsoft's Mobile Strategy?
What mobile-first means now to Redmond in a (mostly) post-Windows Phone era. [Read here]

7. Microsoft's Top 200 U.S. Partners
Who are the best Microsoft solution providers in the United States? You'll find them in Redmond Channel Partner magazine's first-ever list of the top 200 Microsoft partners, from huge generalists and deep specialists to well-connected influentials. [Read here]

6. Does the Cloud Doom Microsoft MSPs?
The shift to cloud services presents huge challenges to managed services providers (MSPs). Industry experts say the successful MSP of the near future looks very different from the successful MSP of the recent past. [Read here]

5. Can Microsoft Make Dynamics 365 Work?
Microsoft's high-volume cloud infrastructure partners and its business applications partners have distinct identities. For the new Dynamics 365 effort to succeed, those two partner types will need to cooperate. [Read here]

4. Top Microsoft Business Apps for iPhone and Android
While no one was looking, Microsoft assembled a surprisingly large library of major business and productivity apps for iOS and Android. Here are the best ones for partners. [Read here]

3. Microsoft Partners Weigh Azure Pack vs. Azure Stack
Microsoft partners are evaluating whether the Windows Server 2016-generation Azure Stack improves enough upon the Windows Server 2012-era Windows Azure Pack to meet customers' demands for private or hybrid cloud solutions. [Read here]

2. 2016 Microsoft Conference Calendar: For Partners, IT Pros and Developers
To help you get your 2016 travel calendar in order, we've compiled a list of upcoming events geared toward those who have a stake in Microsoft technologies. The list spans behemoth Microsoft-helmed conferences like the Worldwide Partner Conference and Build, as well as smaller, third-party-sponsored regional events. [Read here]

1. The 2016 Microsoft Product Roadmap
The Redstone update to Windows 10 was just one highlight of this year's release calendar, which is also shaping up to be a banner year for key Microsoft server products. [Read here]


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