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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.

Report: Tablets Will Overtake PC Shipments in Q4

Tablet shipments will start to surpass PC shipments in the fourth quarter of this year, according to IDC.

Power-Saving Intel 'Bay Trail' Tablets Arriving in Q4

Intel described its code-named "Bay Trail" family of processors today as part of its Developer Forum event.

Intel Unveils New Chips for Datacenter, PC and Smartphone

Intel laid out its vision, as well as some new product milestones, during a keynote speech on Tuesday.

Windows Server 2012 R2: Exploring Storage Tiering

Brien puts the new tiered storage feature through the ringer to see what hidden hardware requirements are needed to run smoothly.

Windows 8.1 Reportedly Released to Manufacturers

According to insider sources, Microsoft's Windows 8 upgrade, scheduled for release on Oct. 17, has hit the release-to-manufacturing (RTM) milestone.

Microsoft Announces Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Hitting OEMs in October

The first major update to Microsoft's embedded operating system for intelligent devices, Windows Embedded 8 Industry, will reach original equipment manufacturers on Oct. 18, Microsoft announced late last week.

Microsoft Sued over Surface RT Sales Reports

Microsoft faces a class-action lawsuit over its Surface RT sales disclosures.

Second-Gen Surface Tablet in Works per Nvidia CEO

Microsoft is developing a second-generation Surface tablet product line, a press report suggests.

ASUS Dumps Windows RT Line; Acer Scales Back Production

Executives from ASUSTek Computer Inc. and Acer Inc. announced this week that their companies are planning to decrease production of some of their Windows-based PCs and tablet devices.

Report Sees Enterprise Role for Google Chromebooks

Organizations may want to consider using Chromebooks, according to a new study.

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