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Microsoft Could Reveal Windows 9 at Annual Build Conference in April

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Rumors are flying about Microsoft's plans to reveal its newest operating system (OS) —Windows 9 — at its annual Build conference in April. The speculation comes just in advance of ticket sales for Build 2014, which runs April 2 through 4 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

For a while now, we have been hearing about Project Threshold, Microsoft's rapid update development of its OS. The expectation now is that Threshold will be renamed Windows 9, rather than a further Windows 8.x update.

What will Windows 9 offer that's new and exciting enough to get the user-base upgrading again? For CIOs and content creators, will it be just another fragmented headache? And can Microsoft address the demands of an increasingly frustrated partner base that continues to see sales shrink? 

What You Need to Know Microsoft's New Surface Tablets #CES2014

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Microsoft doesn't have an official presence at the International CES in Las Vegas this week. It stopped participating in the opening keynote and abandoned its booths on the show floor two years ago.

But it still conducts behind-the-scenes meetings with partners, hardware manufacturers, mobile operators and developers at the giant consumer electronics show. And it left the biggest footprint among an onslaught of systems from of Lenovo, HP and others. 

Among the Microsoft show news: leaks about the Nvidia-powered Surface 3 and Mini tablets — which topped rumors on gadgets like Samsung's Galaxy S5 smartphone.

Document Mgt Roll-up: Boston Snubs Microsoft, Adobe Closing Workspaces

It’s slow in the document management space after the holidays, but there are still some notable points — including the fact the City of Boston has turned to Google and away from Microsoft. Meanwhile, Adobe is shutting down Workspaces, Dell and PSIGEN have formalized their partnership and Microsoft has announced some of the price plans for Power BI for Office 365.

B2B Marketing: Who Targets What and Where?

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Who's targeting what and where in B2B marketing? And what works? Depends on who you ask. LinkedIn is hot for B2B. No, actually Twitter's gaining steam. Banners ads are not dead. Yes they are.

Demandbase, a B2B marketing software provider, spent last year analyzing how verticals are targeting prospects. It tracked 2013 campaign strategies and spend from its customer base of B2B marketers spanning over 20 vertical industries.

Any surprises? "Software technology has always been a high-activity vertical when it comes to business marketing and advertising," Demandbase CEO Chris Golec told CMSWire, "so it was interesting to see a change in this pace with other industry players, such as financial services and manufacturing, stepping up their game in online advertising."

Microsoft's Parature Acquisition Focuses on Customer Experience

Microsoft Parature Acquisition is all about Customer ExperienceMicrosoft officially announced its acquisition of Parature, a social and customer engagement tool that could provide the Dynamics CRM ecosystem with added capabilities like a customer portal and self-service knowledgebase.

Dynamics CRM is clearly an important piece of Microsoft's strategy, and the Parature buy is its largest acquisition yet, R "Ray" Wang, a Constellation Research analyst told CMSWire.

Microsoft Inks $100M Deal to Acquire Parature, a Dynamics CRM Partner

image-microsoftparaturebuy-2014.jpgMicrosoft has signed a definitive agreement to buy Dynamics CRM partner Parature, a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed to CMSWire by email today. The purchase price is a reported $100 million.

The deal will enable Parature, a provider of cloud-based social and customer engagement solutions, to bring products like its customer portal and self-service knowledgebase to the much larger Microsoft audience.

CMSWire's Top 20 Hits of 2013: SharePoint

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SharePoint was one of the topics that attracted a lot of interest in the past year — and just as much controversy. It seems everyone has a view on it and how it should be used. 

However, there were three big subjects that dominated, and make up the lion’s share of our Top 20 this year: 1) SharePoint Online 2) SharePoint and Yammer and 3) SharePoint in Office 365. There were other issues too, like records management, search and how search is being used in the enterprise.

CMSWire's Top 10 Hits of 2013: Big Data

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Yes, Big Data was a Big Buzzword in 2013. The technology and business press — and even mainstream media — got a piece of the action, churning out article after article about what Big Data means to you. And that's part of the problem. Big Data means lots of things to lots of people.

It might be better to think of big data as big analysis, because that's really what's happening here. It's not about the data itself, but about analyzing the data to gain insights and business value, across industries and verticals. CMSWire has kept you up-to-date on the big data trend all year — and here are our Top 10 big data stories of the year.

A Look Back: Yammer, Office 365, Mobile Dominate SharePoint in 2013

Everyone that has had anything to do with SharePoint over the year has his own SharePoint story. With such a vast platform used in so many ways, everyone has something he loves and something he hates. The only thing everyone agrees on is to disagree. For my money, SharePoint this year was characterized by SharePoint and Yammer, SharePoint and Office 365 and Mobile SharePoint. 

The End of Data Scientists and Other Predictions

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We don't have a crystal ball at CMSWire — but we're curious about the future. So we’ve collected predictions from some our favorite analytics firms like Tableau, Splunk, Alteryx, Alpine Data Labs and SAP, as well as insights from the Music Industry Association and Ad Age.

We’re sharing a few of them with you. For the record, these prophesies do not belong to us, nor do we necessarily agree with them.

Big Data Goes Mainstream in 2014 - 6 Major Vendors Weigh In

There are some pretty safe bets to make around big data in 2014, so we’re going to make those and leave it to some of the leading big data innovators -- Cloudera, Hortonworks, MapR, Microsoft, Pivotal and SAP go out on the limb. 

Enterprise Content Management Circa 2014: 6 Major Vendors Weigh In

Enterprise Content Management Circa 2014: 6 Vendors Weigh InFasten your seat belts and get ready for the ride, the ECM industry is going to be disrupted big time in 2014; in fact, the smartest vendors may even disrupt themselves.

Toss Your iPhone: Windows Phones Could Rule the Enterprise by 2015

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Despite iOS and Android's huge consumer mobile sales and the rise of bring your own device (BYOD) policies, Microsoft still has a shot at becoming the dominant force in mobile enterprise. 

Business connectivity, SharePoint and Office integration for Windows Phone 8 will earn it many friends in the enterprise. And Microsoft will place increasing emphasis on its mobile offering as the desktop market continues to stagnate. As sales rise, developers are returning to populate the app marketplace.

A Look Back at 2013: The Year Big Data Work Began

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If 2012 was the year your grandmother instigated big data conversations at the dinner table (yes, the “buzz” around it actually was that big), then 2013 will go down in history as the year the enterprise began to make serious plans around it.  

CIOs are no longer talking about big data in terms of “it’s something we’ve got to do,” instead they’re making plans, putting big data projects into their budgets and writing checks.

A Look Back: 5 Customer Experience Trends from 2013

A Look Back: 5 Customer Experience Trends from 2013Customer experience management has never been more comprehensive or sophisticated. And that's a good thing because customers have never been more demanding, connected or empowered — realities that became exceptionally clear this year.

Nobody puts consumers in the corner anymore — or anywhere else, for that matter — at least if they have long-term plans to stay in business. 2013 was the year customer experience management (CXM) matured and expanded, exploding from websites to mobile devices, brick-and-mortar stores, customer contact centers and more.

In retrospect, 2013 may go down as the year marketers shifted their focus from broad, amorphous groups of customers to targeted, personalized, omnichannel, shared experiences for each one. It was, in many ways, a seismic shift in attitude, powered by five key customer experience trends.

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