The year 2013 wasn't the best one for PC shipments, according to analyst firms.
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?
Microsoft announced on Wednesday that it pulled a Surface Pro 2 firmware update that was released earlier this month.
With new processors and Windows 8.1 now available, PC makers are offering the widest assortment of systems to date.
- By Jeffrey Schwartz
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?
- By Derek Schauland
The PC and tablet markets are ending 2013 on down notes, according to IDC.
Microsoft has received federal antitrust regulator approval for its proposed $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia's handset business.
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 announced on Tuesday that its shareholders overwhelmingly approved Microsoft's purchase of "substantially all" of its devices and services business.
Brien walks you through how to get Windows to correctly distinguish between a hard drive and a solid-state drive.
A beta test version of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 9.0 was released this week.
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.
- By Jeffrey Schwartz
Brien runs down how you can get the most out of Windows Server 2012 R2's newest tiered storage functionality.
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.
Microsoft published recovery media software today for Windows RT users whose devices got "bricked" by a recently released Windows RT 8.1 upgrade.
The PC market is continuing its decline in the third quarter, according to preliminary results from two analyst firms.
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."
Two questions I get asked most are: "How do you keep up with changing technology?" and "What do you use for your lab?"
- By Greg Shields
Brien discusses that with the trend towards tablets, IT will survive by adapting.