7 Highly Anticipated Microsoft Upgrades That Will Shake up IT

By J. Peter Bruzzese Apr 27th 2012
From Windows Server 8 to Office 15, Microsoft is overhauling its IT portfolio. Here's what to expect
  • Microsoft's IT road map: 7 highly anticipated software upgrades

    Microsoft's IT road map: 7 highly anticipated software upgrades

    The bevy of upgrades underscores Microsoft's commitment to better integrate its IT offerings, and rest assured that you can deploy some of these products without the others. Here is a look at seven highly anticipated Microsoft releases to help your IT organization plan ahead.

  • Microsoft System Center 2012

    Microsoft System Center 2012

    Microsoft System Center 2012 may be the first official release we see this year, possibly in Q2. System Center is not a single solution but a suite of server management solutions. More than ever, the suite works together to provide a unified control experience within an organization.

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012

    Microsoft SQL Server 2012

    Microsoft SQL Server 2012 is estimated for Q2 of 2012. With its always-on focus, SQL Server 2012 will feature high availability as a key aspect. It will also include BI enhancements, support for 64 resource pools, greater CPU usage control, and much more.

  • Microsoft Windows 8

    Microsoft Windows 8

    Microsoft Windows 8 should arrive between Q3 2012 and early 2013. This latest flavor of Windows is designed to run on tablets (with support for ARM processors), mobile devices, and PCs. This OS is still in Consumer Preview, and we have yet to see a beta.

  • Microsoft Windows Server 8

    Microsoft Windows Server 8

    Microsoft Windows Server 8 is estimated to arrive between Q3 2012 and early 2013, and it has already impressed IT admins who've worked with it. Enhancements include multiserver management, Hyper-V (v3) improvements, live migration of virtual hard disks, and more.

  • Microsoft Exchange 15

    Microsoft Exchange 15

    Microsoft Exchange 15 is estimated to be released Q4 of 2012, potentially in tandem with other products such as SharePoint 15, Lync, and Office 15. Pay special attention to what changes may be in store for Exchange's storage architecture and its high-availability feature set.

  • Microsoft SharePoint 15

    Microsoft SharePoint 15

    SharePoint 15 is estimated to be released Q4 2012. There has been talk of a SharePoint Apps Marketplace that will allow you to buy rather than build aspects of your SharePoint environment, and an education app: Office for Education 15.

  • Microsoft Office 15

    Microsoft Office 15

    Microsoft Office 15 is estimated to be released Q4 of 2012, and it will be designed to work more closely with newer versions of Exchange and SharePoint for better communication and collaboration. Office 15 sports a new look and feel with Metro as the focus.

From desktop to server, nearly every major software component of Microsoft's IT portfolio will receive a major upgrade in the next year. And with Microsoft's road map shaping up, businesses should start asking hard questions about which new Microsoft products they should deploy and on what schedule.

While the bevy of upgrades underscores Microsoft's commitment to better integrate its IT offerings, rest assured that you can deploy some of the new Microsoft products without the others. After all, the prospect of upgrading all your Microsoft software at once is daunting, both logistically and financially.

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