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Microsoft Surface Pro 2: A Costly Improvement

Microsoft's latest Surface model running the full desktop version of Windows 8.1 is a definite upgrade over last year's model. But, at its steep price, will you be ditching your laptop for it?

Dark Clouds: SharePoint Online Concerns Slowing IT Adoption

Microsoft says SharePoint customers are moving online but security, privacy and app compatibility are key barriers. A Redmond magazine reader survey suggests the transition will take time. Find out why.

How To Configure and Secure SkyDrive Pro in SharePoint 2013 and Office 365

Securely share documents in the cloud using the latest version of Microsoft's flagship collaboration and content management system.

IT Pros Getting Options with Microsoft's Cloud Backup Service

With its Windows Azure Backup Service, Microsoft is giving enterprises yet another choice when it comes to data backup in the cloud.

The Rise of Solid-State Drives in the Datacenter

Solid-state drives (SSDs) have become more viable for boosting enterprise application performance and now the new Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 adds improved SSD support.

Use Windows Azure as a Backup Target

Here's how to connect four backup and recovery software tools to the Microsoft public cloud to protect and archive your data.

Analysts Weigh Microsoft's Cloud Announcements

Experts discuss Microsoft's cloud and enterprise product strategies.

Prepare Your Shop for Software-Defined Networking

Virtual networks are the future of your datacenter. Here's what you need to know about implementing SDN.

Shattered Trust: IT Survey Shows PRISM Allegations Have Brought Cloud Misgivings

Revelations of the NSA PRISM program and other surveillance operations have already put planned or existing use of public cloud services on ice. A survey of Redmond readers shows skepticism of the government and key providers -- including Microsoft.

First Look: Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview

Diving into Microsoft's Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview reveals key additions to facilitate more seamless server-to-cloud migrations to public, private and hybrid clouds.

Redmond's 2013 IT Salary Survey: Upward Mobility

Compensation for Windows information technology pros continues to rise, and the 18th annual Redmond Magazine Salary Survey reveals more IT pros might change jobs, a move fueled by an IT labor shortage and sustained economic growth.

Syncing Azure Active Directory with Windows Server Domains

Brien walks through the steps necessary for authenticating users on-premises and in the cloud with Microsoft's Windows Azure Active Directory.

Top 8 Windows 8.1 Features and Fixes

The Windows 8.1 Preview reveals a much improved OS that fixes many of the flaws in the original Windows 8 release. Here's what to look for in the new OS.

First Look: Power BI for Office 365

Microsoft, which recently demonstrated the new Power BI for Office 365 at its WPC Conference in July, said the new product is aimed at those starting to transition to BI and those who want to provision BI solutions in the cloud.

Active Directory How To: Implementing the New Windows Server 2012 DAC

The process for implementing the new Dynamic Access Control feature will be a timely endeavor for enterprises. Here's how you get started.

First Look: Microsoft Hyper-V Gets a Major Overhaul

The Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview includes major improvements to the Microsoft hypervisor.

Hyper-V on the Rise: Will It Take Over with 3.0?

As Microsoft's decidedly improved hypervisor continues to grow with each upgrade, it's starting to draw more and more attention from the enterprise and third-party vendors.

Connecting Active Directory To Windows Azure

Microsoft MVP Brien Posey outlines what it takes to extend your datacenter in Microsoft's cloud.

Manage Identities in the Cloud with Windows Azure Active Directory

The Microsoft offering bridges single sign-on technology from the datacenter to the cloud.

Configuring and Using SharePoint 2013 for a Social Enterprise

Here's how to implement the new social networking features in the latest version of the Microsoft collaboration and content management platform.

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