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June 05, 2014
Large organizations across multiple industries committed to Surface Pro 3 for their mobile workers.
March 25, 2014
Dell will launch the KACE K1000 v6.0 endpoint systems management appliance in May with a sleeker look, enhanced security and IT controls.
January 16, 2014
Microsoft will reportedly lay out its vision for Windows 9, but is IT ready for yet another operating system when Windows 8.1 has yet to make a dent?
September 30, 2013
Windows XP support ends on April 8, 2014, and businesses that haven't upgraded should follow best practices to move ahead with a Windows XP migration.
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