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The 10 Biggest Microsoft News Stories Of 2018

From surging cloud growth, to Windows 10 update woes, to the blockbuster GitHub acquisition, we round up the biggest Microsoft stories that affected solution providers this year.

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9. Windows Virtual Desktop

While the announcement didn't receive as much attention as other pieces of Microsoft news during the year, the launch of Windows Virtual Desktop was a big deal for Microsoft's channel partners. Windows Virtual Desktop reduces desktop virtualization complexities with a new virtualized Windows and Office experience on Azure--and quickly became a key addition to Microsoft's cloud offerings. "Customers have been chasing the idea of 'zero-touch' desktops for a long time," said Bob Ballard, principal cloud strategist at Germantown, Md.-based Planet Technologies. And Microsoft's Windows Virtual Desktop solution delivers on that promise with deployment that is practically "plug and play," Ballard told CRN. In client conversations, "almost every customer has talked about it," he said.

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