Windows 7 and Office 2010 Deployments

As a lot of my customers are deploying Windows 7 and Office 2010 I thought it timely to summarise some of the key tools and useful bits of information available.  Microsoft has a variety of tools and resources to help in the upgrade to Windows 7, from XP or Vista. The tools automate a lot…


Windows 7 RTM Availability – Dates

As posted at Windows Team Blog, the dates Windows 7 RTM will be available for download have been announced. For Partners & OEMs: ISV (Independent software vendor) and IHV (Independent hardware vendor) Partners will be able to download Windows 7 RTM from Microsoft Connect or MSDN on August 6th. You can also visit to…


Tech Ed 2009 – Register & Win!

Sign up for Tech Ed before 31 July and be in to win! Don’t miss out on the IT Industry’s best technical training.  As you probably already know Tech Ed is New Zealand’s biggest (and we think best) technical training event for IT pros & developers.  Planning is well underway for Tech Ed 2009 –…


Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program

Today marks the official start of the Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program. You can get ready for Windows 7 now with the Windows Upgrade Option through participating retailers and PC manufacturers. The Windows 7 Upgrade Option is available through participating PC manufacturers on selected PCs and through Microsoft on qualifying purchases of the Windows Vista…


Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM Timeframes

At TechEd 2009 in the US today, we announced that we expect Windows 7 to RTM in time for the holiday shopping season.  (RTM = Release To Manufacturing) According to the Windows Team Blog – “If the telemetry we receive from the Windows 7 RC meets our expectations in terms of quality, then we expect…


Windows 7 Release Candidate Customer Preview – Available Now

If you didn’t have access to TechNet or MSDN and couldn’t download the Windows 7 RC, you can now.  The Windows 7 RC Customer Preview Program is now open. You can access it here. This is the really fun part of the testing process: you help by simply using the RC.  When you do, your…


Windows 7 RC – Available Now & Packed Full of Features

The Release Candidate (RC) of the highly anticipated Windows 7 operating system is now available for download to MSDN and TechNet subscribers here.  As per my last post, broader public availability will begin May 6 (NZ time) on the Microsoft Download Center here. The RC milestone is a result of feedback from millions of customers and…


Windows 7 Release Candidate Update

As per the Windows Team Blog, the RC is on track for April 30th for  download by MSDN and TechNet subscribers. Broader, public availability will begin on May 5th – these are the US dates, so for NZ expect May 1 for MSDN/TechNet downloads and May 6 for broad availability. Short and sweet.


Internet Explorer 8 – Out Now

Internet Explorer 8 was made available for download on March 18.  There are two key reasons why you should care. First – It’s a great browser and is easier to use, faster and offers leading-edge security features in direct response to people’s increasing concerns about online safety. Security Internet Explorer 8’s security enhancements offer protection…


Windows 7 Beta Out Now…..

Ready to see for yourself what Windows 7 has to offer?  The wait is over…….on Jan 9 the Beta was made available for download via (here) – be quick it’s for a limited time and limited to the first 2.5 million downloaders. Whilst Windows 7 is full of lots of new features, it still…