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2016 Wrap-Up: Top 10 Blogs and Commentary of the Year

From changes to Microsoft's partner resources to what, exactly, makes up Dynamics 365, here are the most popular blog posts and columns of 2016.

10. Office 365 Sales Put Microsoft in Close 2nd in Enterprise SaaS (April 18)
FROM THE ARTICLE: "Microsoft is breathing down Salesforce.com's neck in the enterprise Software as a Service (SaaS) market, according to a new research report." [Read here]

9. Direct, Indirect or Referral: What Microsoft CSP Flavor Works for You? (June 28)
FROM THE ARTICLE: "Microsoft partners must answer some hard questions to determine which of Microsoft's CSP offerings fits their model best." [Read here]

8. The 4 Cloud Numbers Microsoft Wants Partners To Know (March 16)
FROM THE ARTICLE: "According to IDC, partners that bet their businesses on Microsoft's cloud are making out like bandits." [Read here]

7. Whiteboarding Microsoft Dynamics 365 (Oct. 14)
READER COMMENT: "20 seats for enterprise? This is so stupid." [Read here]

6. ConnectWise Releases LabTech 11 (June 22)
FROM THE ARTICLE: "Critical features of the new release, LabTech 11, include a redesigned user interface (UI), significant new patch management features and major scalability improvements." [Read here]

5. Partners Scramble as Microsoft Expands FastTrack, Again (Feb. 4)
FROM THE ARTICLE: "Partners contacted by RCP were scrambling to adjust their business models, after having already adapted to a major expansion of the FastTrack program to cover additional products and data migration workloads that was disclosed around the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in July." [Read here]

4. 'Project Natick' Dunks Microsoft's Cloud in the Ocean (Feb. 1)
FROM THE ARTICLE: "Microsoft's cloud business is red-hot, but the company may have found a new way to keep its cloud server farms cool." [Read here]

3. What Microsoft Partners Are Grumbling About (July 26)
FROM THE ARTICLE: "Howard asked partners what their biggest grievances are with Microsoft. They were more than willing to share." [Read here]

2. Microsoft Expands Azure Training with Free Courses, Testing Discounts (Dec. 6)
FROM THE ARTICLE: "Hoping to help narrow a skills gap around its public cloud services for partners and customers, Microsoft on Tuesday rolled out six new and free massively open online courses (MOOCs) for Azure, along with discounts for related certification testing." [Read here]

1. On the Offensive: Microsoft Sues U.S. Government over Secrecy Orders (April 14)
READER COMMENT: "What we are seeing here is a blatant disregard for the law and citizens' rights, by the very organizations which are charged with defending them." [Read here]

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