Here's Where SMBs Will Spend Big In 2013

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Windows 8 Slow, But Office 365 Opens New Doors

While Microsoft's November announcement that it had sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses since the operating system launched had some hopeful, many pundits still said businesses will be slow to adopt.

Office 365, on the other hand, has been making gains, as Microsoft has been pushing the platform within the channel, from partner cloud incentives to certification programs. As such, demand for Office 365 experience has been on the rise in the SMB space.

"Office 365, that's a newer skill set that we're seeing demand for, definitely in the deployment area," Billiar said. "The Office 365 is not a capital expenditure; it's a operating expense. And, it's hosted, so it's independent."

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