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The 2015 Microsoft Product Roadmap

Windows 10 is the obvious headliner of this year's roadmap, but Microsoft has many other key releases coming down the pipeline, including touch-enabled Office, on-premises SharePoint and Exchange, and test versions of the next iteration of Windows Server. Here's a look at what's to come, and when.

Microsoft Product Power Ratings

A regularly updated guide to what's hot, what's not, what's trending and what's flailing for the Microsoft channel.

Delivering Disaster Recovery as a Service: What Partners Should Consider

Many partners are looking to become DRaaS providers and there are many ways to provide disaster recovery services. Find the delivery approach that works for you.

Retiring Windows Server 2003: Lessons from Windows XP's End-of-Life

A year ago, Microsoft retired Windows XP after an extremely long period of warnings. What insights can channel partners take from that process as they look toward the Windows Server 2003 support deadline on July 14? 

StorageCraft's Growth Plan: Think Globally, Act Locally

While sticking to its roots in fast, local backup and recovery, Utah-based StorageCraft is investing aggressively in heavy-duty cloud disaster protection solutions and expanding its global footprint.

An Interview with Microsoft's New Dynamics Channel Chief

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Former longtime IBM executive Victor Morales made his public debut at Microsoft Convergence after three months on the job.

Secunia Report Highlights Critical Importance of Non-Microsoft Patches

WEB EXCLUSIVE: The count of overall vulnerabilities went up by 18 percent from 2013 to 2014, led by a surge in browser vulnerabilities. The Windows OSes saw a drop in new vulnerabilities.

How Good Can a $60 Windows 8.1 Tablet Be?

WEB EXCLUSIVE: The answer is pretty good, judging by the performance and features of the WinBook 7-inch TW700 Tablet -- a whole lot of Windows 8.1 computer for a very small price tag.

Microsoft Throws Hardware Roadmap for Loop with Windows 10 as a Service

Will free upgrades uncouple Windows releases from the PC refresh cycle?

10 Ways Windows 10 Will Affect Microsoft Partners

Everything will change for the Microsoft ecosystem when the next client OS ships. Here's a feature-by-feature guide to what specific partner types should expect from Windows 10.

GALLERY: Windows Systems Abound at CES 2015

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Manufacturers showed off dozens of Windows devices, at reasonable prices, at the annual Las Vegas gathering this week.

2014 Security Review: The Year in Breaches, Hacks and Exploits

Some of the security incidents that dominated headlines in 2014 were predictable. Others came as a complete surprise.

How Cloud Partners Can Identify (and Plug) Datacenter Security Holes

Most of the top cloud vendors provide basic datacenter security controls, but for partners looking to launch cloud-based services with third-party vendors, "basic" isn't enough. Where are the security holes in a cloud datacenter, and how can partners fill in those gaps for their customers?

Q&A with Top Microsoft Channel Exec Phil Sorgen

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Have faith in Microsoft on CRM, give Pinpoint another chance, check out DigitalStride, stay tuned on Surface in the channel and keep an eye on opportunities in Azure, hybrid cloud and EMS, Sorgen advises.

Security Lockdown Guide: How To Fight the Next Generation of Black Hats

The proliferation of cloud services, mobile devices and Big Data presents a radically altered attack surface for customer IT assets. The Black Hats have adapted. Have you?

Change Management Advice for Microsoft Partners

Changes are coming at end users faster than ever. Microsoft channel veteran Bob Marsh makes the case that now is a good time for channel partners to consider creating an adoption and change management practice.

AVG Lays Out Roadmap for MSP Products, Intros IDaaS Offering

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Plans emerge during the security software firm's first partner event since acquiring RMM leader Level Platforms.

How Microsoft Partners Can Master the 'Internet of Things'

IoT is often mentioned as the next great market opportunity. It also happens that Microsoft partners are uniquely positioned to help their customers embrace IoT. The challenge is getting customers to understand that they've got an IoT problem.

A Non-Developer's Guide to Upgrading to Windows Phone 8.1

WEB EXCLUSIVE: It's been nearly three months since Microsoft signaled the start of the Windows Phone 8.1 rollout, but many users -- including RCP Editor in Chief Scott Bekker -- still haven't received it. Time to change that.

2014 RCP Rocket Award Winners: Profiles in Business Courage

Three companies earned our second annual award for sustainable business growth, the RCP Rocket Award. For PowerObjects, HMB Inc. and Concurrency Inc., common business problems were the cauldron from which stronger companies emerged.