Also watch for network virtualization to continue to grow and Office 365 to undergo a makeover in the coming year.
Which trends did Brien successfully predict and which ones was he off the mark on?
Plus: Attackers setting sights on the newly released Playstation 4 and Xbox One.
If you're a Microsoft watcher -- or even just playing one on the Interweb -- I bet you'd agree 2013 was an above-average year for surprises coming out of Redmond.
- By Mary Jo Foley
Today's ruling may lead to the U.S. Supreme Court eventually taking up the case.
Now that we've defined how the industry is changing, how does IT adapt?
Cloud providers will look to answer for data privacy issues while attackers focus on Windows XP and non-traditional connected devices.
Rising user tech IQ, easier-to-use gadgets and the transformation of users into consumers is changing the landscape of IT.
Denny breaks down how to identify and fix speed issues in multiple versions of SQL Server.
- By Denny Cherry
The company finishes 2013 with a total of 106 security bulletins.
While the message sent by a coalition of online companies outlines changes needed to be made by the government, does it go far enough to address the issue?
Microsoft's December patch will also arrive with 6 "important" bulletin items.
It will also make code more transparent in hopes to ease customers of fears of hidden backdoors.
Plus: Microsoft takes steps to stop government censorship of Skype calls in China.
Nearly four years after launching Windows Azure, Microsoft's cloud service remains stuck in the shadows of Amazon Web Services.
- By Jeffrey Schwartz
Microsoft SQL Server MVP Denny Cherry breaks down multiple ways on how to troubleshoot a type -2 blocking session ID error.
- By Denny Cherry
Microsoft's decision to have SkyDrive's auto sync functions enabled as default and the lack of sync customization could lead to major headaches for IT.
- By Greg Shields
Not knowing how many licenses for a particular product you would need in the future is just one of the many reasons why you should go the lease route.
Microsoft on Thursday announced that Office 365 Message Encryption -- a service that will encrypt e-mails being sent to an outside source -- will go live early next year.
Brien retreads the idea of System Center taking over the role of Windows Server's GUI and explains how it can be used as the single window to a cluster of VMs.