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My Predictions for 2014: Apple's Popularity Drops, Microsoft Continues Transformation

Also watch for network virtualization to continue to grow and Office 365 to undergo a makeover in the coming year.

A Look Back at My 2013 Predictions

Which trends did Brien successfully predict and which ones was he off the mark on?

Surface Pro 2 December Update Pulled by Microsoft

Microsoft announced on Wednesday that it pulled a Surface Pro 2 firmware update that was released earlier this month.

Windows 8.1 Hybrid Laptop-Tablet Roundup

With new processors and Windows 8.1 now available, PC makers are offering the widest assortment of systems to date.

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?

PC and Tablet Markets Showing Declines in 2013

The PC and tablet markets are ending 2013 on down notes, according to IDC.

UPDATED: DoJ, EU Approves Microsoft-Nokia Deal

Microsoft has received federal antitrust regulator approval for its proposed $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia's handset business.

Microsoft's Devices and Services Direction Outlined by Larson-Green

The new "One Microsoft" reorganization aims to bring devices and services together in a way that will connect people across their work and home lives.

Nokia Shareholders Approve Microsoft Buyout

Nokia announced on Tuesday that its shareholders overwhelmingly approved Microsoft's purchase of "substantially all" of its devices and services business.

What To Do When Windows Identifies Disks Incorrectly

Brien walks you through how to get Windows to correctly distinguish between a hard drive and a solid-state drive.

MAP Toolkit 9.0 Beta Assesses New Server and Cloud Enrollment Licensing Scenarios

A beta test version of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 9.0 was released this week.

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.

Using Windows Server 2012's SSD Write-Back Cache

Brien runs down how you can get the most out of Windows Server 2012 R2's newest tiered storage functionality.

PC Market Projected To Continue Downward Sales Trend

According to a Gartner analysis report released this week, total PC shipments worldwide are expected to decline by over 8 percent in 2013, compared to last year.

UPDATE: Microsoft Issues Recovery Software for 'Bricked' Surface RT 8.1 Machines

Microsoft published recovery media software today for Windows RT users whose devices got "bricked" by a recently released Windows RT 8.1 upgrade.

PC Slump Continuing in Q3

The PC market is continuing its decline in the third quarter, according to preliminary results from two analyst firms.

Ballmer Promises Office App for iPad Is Coming

According to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, a touch-optimized Microsoft Office app for Apple's iPad is less a matter of "if" and more a matter of "when."

Behind the Curtain: My Out-of-Pocket Lab

Two questions I get asked most are: "How do you keep up with changing technology?" and "What do you use for your lab?"

The End of the PC Era Won't Be the End of IT

Brien discusses that with the trend towards tablets, IT will survive by adapting.

Microsoft Announces Surface Pro 2 and Next-Gen Surface RT Tablets

Microsoft held a launch event today to announce the newest line of its hybrid PC Surface tablets.

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