Plus: The security agency is actively researching encryption-breaking quantum computing technology.
From not embracing change to segmenting groups, here are some ways in which IT leaders are setting up their teams for failure.
Even the most experienced System Center pros can fall victim to these common installation goofs.
- By Greg Shields
Once the frontrunner and the IT trendsetter, Microsoft must now compete in a market that's future is not solely dictated by the one company.
- By Jeffrey Schwartz
Brien walks you through customizing a PowerShell cmdlet's output to get exactly the data you need.
Microsoft has officially shared next to nothing about its product roadmaps, beyond some fairly sweeping statements it has made about aligning around the "One Microsoft" mission.
- By Mary Jo Foley
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.