And it’s goodbye from me, for now……

The day has come… is my last day before commencing maternity leave. I will be back but not sure when yet. In the meantime, the IT Pro team remains dedicated to you, and there are several ways you can contact them: The team – Phil Cross –; Ball –;  


Congratulations to Jonathan Noble, PowerShell MVP

Congratulations to Jonathan Noble (@jonoble), who has just been announced as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional, specialising in PowerShell.   Jonathan has been a really key community member and is always willing to give his opinion to the TechNet UK team. He is also a member of our Community Council and is there to voice…


Deep Zoom Michael Jackson Tribute

A Microsoft partner,, have produced a Michael Jackson Deep Zoom for MSN, which is currently pride of place on the front of Zoom in on MJ


Still on the Windows 7 Beta? You need to move to the RC by 1st July

Starting July 1st, the Beta will start to reboot every 2 hrs and expire Aug 1st. Want to download the RC? . The RC download program closes August 15th. After that, you won’t be able to get the download, but you can still install the RC and get a key if you need one. (To…


Springboard Series Virtual Roundtable: Windows 7 Application Compatibility: Your Questions Answered (Part 1)

Date: Thursday, June 18 Time: 11:00am Pacific Time Location: Windows 7, is approaching fast and from the application standpoint is very similar to Windows Vista. We’re going to examine Windows 7 application compatibility not only from the perspective of moving from Windows Vista, but also for those coming from Windows XP. Join us to…


The Microsoft Licence Advisor

Anything that can help with licensing can only be a good thing and this advisor answers many of the questions we are asked. This 3 step tool enables you to: 1) Quickly determine which Volume Licensing program best suits your needs 2) Select the products you need and determine the required quantities 3) View a…


Can you Bing it? Apparently, yes you can!!!

It came as quite a shock to me when Bing was announced internally.  It seemed uncharacteristically “cool”. This was supported by a piece of press coverage recently: “So Bing is the biggest example of Microsoft’s new public face: friendly, human, interesting but even occasionally, as its changing homepage images indicate, surprising.” Matt Warman, Daily Telegraph…


General Availability and RTM Dates for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

Release To Manufacturing (RTM) is an important milestone on the path to GA. We anticipate that we’ll be able to make the RTM code for Windows 7 available to our partners sometime in the 2nd half of July. We also expect to be able to make RTM code for Windows Server 2008 R2 available to…


The Road to Windows 7

Having literally just upgraded from Windows 7 beta to RC, which was a thoroughly pain-free and easy experience. Microsoft IT ran some excellent “Installation Fairs” where they had people on hand to assist us through the process. What’s even better is that although we had to do a back-up (as back-up) the actual installation was…


IT Professional Top Licensing FAQs May 2009

Q) Can I downgrade Microsoft Windows Vista Business or Ultimate purchased pre-installed on a new PC? A) As an end user you have the right to downgrade as set out in your Software Licence Terms. Example: You’re buying a new computer system and it needs to run the same operating system as your existing 10…