Announcing the next wave of productivity

Be among the first to download the 2010 betas today, and see why we’re so excited about them. · Microsoft® Office Professional Plus 2010 Beta. Improve the creation, management, and sharing of information while improving security. · Microsoft SharePoint® Server 2010 Beta. Connect and enable people using the integrated set of rich features in the…

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Microsoft Security Update Guide

I came across the following resource today and I believe you’ll find useful in understanding our approach to patching, patch Tuesday, and software updates overall.  Please share this with the people in your organization responsible for security updates. Overview This Guide was designed to help IT professionals better understand and use Microsoft security release information,…

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System Center Service Manager beta 2 available

Many schools are using System Center Configuration Manager and Operations Manager today to manage and monitor their IT operations.  I’m excited about an upcoming addition to the System Center family – Service Manager.  It’s much more than a help desk solution.  Service Manager provides built in processes for incident and problem resolution, change control and…

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New Free Windows 7 eBook: Deploying Windows 7 Essential Guidance

I found this on MS Press and thought it would be of interest….. Looking for guidance specific to Windows 7 deployment?  Check out  what the industry’s leading experts have to say in this free Microsoft Press eBook with selected chapters from the Windows 7 Resource Kit on Deployment Platforms, Planning, Testing Application Compatibility, to name…

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SharePoint online to be part of Live@edu!

Great news from Educause this week! Microsoft announced that new SharePoint Online-based collaboration and productivity services will be available for students as part of the Live@edu next year. These new SharePoint-based services will offer IT departments more flexibility and control to set up and manage their school’s collaboration and productivity tools in a security-enhanced environment…as…

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Improved Battery Life for Windows 7

How would you like to get an extra hour from you laptop battery? On the Windows Partner blog, Joakim Lialias, Intel’s Microsoft relationship manager wrote yesterday that “Microsoft and Intel engineers were able to reduce power usage of a Windows 7 laptop nearly 20% over an identical laptop running Windows Vista SP2.” What that means…

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MDOP 2007 R2 released!

Just in time for Windows 7, we’ve announced the availability of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) (MDOP) 2007 R2.  This release adds Windows 7 support for all components, except for MED-V. MED-V will support Windows 7, in the first quarter of calendar year 2010 via MED-V 1.0 SP1. MED-V 1.0 SP1 Beta will be…

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Windows 7 Product Guide now available

Many of you have been asking about this and it’s finally available! The Windows 7 Product Guide is now available for download.  Two versions are available – PDF is 63MB and XPS is 31MB. The first section of the guide provides information on the different SKUS, then a detailed look at the new and improved…

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Search in Windows 7

As there is a flood of interest in Windows 7 I thought I would share this helpful learning snack on Search.  Windows 7 provides the concept of Libraries, an improved Search functionality and Federated Search. In just 15 minutes you can: Learn how to use Libraries in Windows 7 Learn how Search was improved Understand…

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Help with Migrating Windows XP to Windows 7

With the excitement around the public release of Windows 7 this week, I’m getting lots of questions about the best way to upgrade systems from Windows XP to Windows 7.  Here are the best options: Easy Transfer – a great tool for end users to migrate their data, settings, preferences, favorites, etc. Note that there…

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