02/01/2012

The 2012 Microsoft Product Roadmap

This calendar year is huge for Microsoft and its partners, with paradigm-bending refreshes coming for many of Microsoft's most strategic products.


In-Depth

How 3 Microsoft Partners Are Adapting Their Service Models for the Cloud

By Barb Levisay

As SMBs adopt cloud solutions, how can partners continue to provide value-added services to those organizations? Innovative partners are finding ways to "package" services to accompany cloud-based changes in both technology and buyer attitudes.


Microsoft Lync 2010 App for Windows Phone: A Review

By Benjamin Tosado

A Lync implementation partner puts the hotly anticipated Microsoft mobile app through its paces on his Windows Phone. Here is his verdict.


Channel Watch

All Eyes on the Windows Store

By Scott Bekker

What Microsoft's partners learn about the new Windows Store when it opens this month may have major implications for the future of Windows.


Channeling the Cloud

Windows Azure vs. Amazon: Microsoft Preps for Cloud Battle

By Jeffrey Schwartz

Windows Azure currently lags in the cloud wars, but new features expected to be rolled out this year might boost its odds against market leader Amazon.


The Changing Channel

When It Comes to Microsoft Partners, Size Matters

By Howard M. Cohen

With the tide shifting to favor Microsoft's larger partners, smaller shops need to seriously consider revisiting their partnering strategy.


News

CES Postscript: Microsoft's New Math = Metro

By Scott Bekker

The tile-based interface was the star attraction of the final Microsoft Consumer Electronics Show keynote.


CES: 6 Windows Hardware Stunners

By Scott Bekker

Microsoft had few announcements at CES but OEM partners brought out new Windows-based laptops and phones.