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The 2016 Microsoft Product Roadmap

The two-part "Redstone" update to Windows 10 is just one highlight of this year's release calendar, which is also shaping up to be a banner year for key Microsoft server products.

2016 Microsoft Conference Calendar: For Partners, IT Pros and Developers

WEB EXCLUSIVE: 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.

Is Microsoft's Cloud PBX Ready for Business?

Nearly a year after the release of the Cloud PBX Skype for Business option to Office 365, both Microsoft partners and telecom providers are eyeing what they see as a potentially huge growing market. 

Keeping Up with Microsoft in the 'Rapid Release' Era

Coping with Microsoft's newly frantic pace of cloud product updates, partners are thrilled to at last be moving as fast as the competition, but the pressure is on to get better at advising customers. 

2016 Rocket Award: Crestwood Makes 'Slow and Steady' a Winning Strategy

This year's award winner is Crestwood Associates, a small ERP partner that overcame an uncertain start, two recessions and an overall trend of channel consolidation to achieve multiple consecutive years of double-digit growth. 

Microsoft Partners Face a Wild Ride to the Cloud

We ask partners grappling with the realities of transitioning their businesses to the cloud: Is it worth it?

Juggling Clouds: Partnering with Both Microsoft and AWS

By most measures, the public cloud market is a two-horse race between AWS and Microsoft. Partners are increasingly seeing the benefits of tying their fortunes to both cloud vendors, but doing so requires a good deal of training, planning and trust.

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.

The Reinvention of the Microsoft ISV

As partners scramble to find their place in the new cloud environment, the ISV category is expanding to include all different types of partners.

The WPC 2016 Lists: Top Themes, Sessions and Reveals

The Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference sets the tone for partners for the year ahead. RCP analyzed the WPC session catalog to bring you everything you need to know to get the most out of the show or to track it from the office.

Microsoft Buying LinkedIn Means Tension, Opportunity for Partners

If Microsoft's acquisition of LinkedIn closes as expected, partners may have new opportunities. But unique challenges add complexity to the already difficult integration inherent in big deals.

How Microsoft Partners Are Putting IoT into Action

The Internet of Things is everywhere. RCP looks at how Microsoft partners are getting involved and starting to make money in this burgeoning field.

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.

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.

Equal Parts Aggression, Touchy-Feely-ness Out of Kaseya at Connect 2016

WEB EXCLUSIVE: New product enhancements and expansions announced at the conference take aim at Kaseya's competitors, even as CEO Fred Voccola promises collaboration.

With New Enhancements, Microsoft Partners Declare SharePoint Is Roaring Back

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Improvements like a new SharePoint Framework and more robust mobile apps have Microsoft partners bullish about the platform's direction.

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.

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.

RCP Editor's Choice Awards: Top Products for Microsoft Partners

In this first of-its-kind award list for the magazine, Redmond Channel Partner's editors pick the hottest, most interesting, most game-changing technologies and programs for the Microsoft channel in the last year.

Microsoft Resources for Partners: An Illustrated Guide

For cloud-bound partners, navigating Microsoft's various resources can be a time-consuming task. Here are some handy maps to help you figure out where to go for what you need.