How Microsoft will drive enterprise IT in 2017 – InfoWorld

Microsoft had a fascinating and positive 2016, with new hardware and software launches, as well as some surprising acquisitions.

With CEO Satya Nadella’s transformation of Redmond nearly complete, we can expect more changes in 2017 as Microsoft’s enterprise reach stretches beyond Windows into the wider world of cross-platform computing and the cloud.

Here’s my guide as to what enterprise IT should expect from Microsoft in the new year in each core Microsoft domain.

Azure and the cloud transition

For the IT administrator and the datacenter, 2017 is likely to be a transitional year. We’ve had a new Windows Server 2016 release, and it’s going to take some time to roll out across businesses of all sizes. With a strong focus on the datacenter (in particular, on running virtualized workloads), it’s clear Microsoft is positioning Windows Server as a tool for the ongoing cloud transition.

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