Halo 4 Team Uses Agile, Cloud-Based Big Data Solution

The Halo franchise is an award-winning collection of properties that has grown into a global entertainment phenomenon. To date, more than 50 million copies of Halo video games have been sold worldwide. As developers prepared to launch Halo 4, they were tasked with analyzing data to gain insights into player preferences and support an online…


Office 365 for Business Announced

REDMOND, Wash. — Feb. 27, 2013 — Microsoft Corp. today announced worldwide availability of a major new update to its Microsoft Office 365 services for business. Microsoft’s most complete Office cloud service to date has new features and offerings tailored to the needs and budgets of small, medium-size and large organizations. In addition to updated…


Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 Now Globally Available

Internet Explorer 10 is available worldwide in 95 languages for download today. We will begin auto updating Windows 7 customers to IE10 in the weeks ahead, starting today with customers running the IE10 Release Preview. With this final release, IE10 brings the same leading standards support, with improved performance, security, privacy, reliability that consumers enjoy…


The Pixel

I am a fan of great notebook screens.  I have some of the best on the market.  Needless to say, the Google Pixel launch caught my eye.  Here’s a pic of the pix with links to the relevant information.  Looks a lot like the Retina Mac. Anyone buy one yet? It’s only $1449 for the…


HTC One Announced

A couple of days ago HTC announced a sweet looking smartphone they call the HTC One. This looks like a nice handset but I am anxious to see if they’ll take the form factor and create a Windows phone.  With a Quad core and 64GB of memory, I should be able to run some hyper-v…


How many of these do you have?

Engadget just released the results of the Readers Choice Awards for 2012 at http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/20/winners-2012-engadget-awards-readers-choice/.  As you can see, the Microsoft Surface RT won Tablet of the Year.  Kudos to the Surface team.  Nicely done! You’ll also notice Nokia nailed the Smartphone of the Year award for the Lumia 920.  Sweet! I’d like a Mars Rover…


Evaluating Virtual Smart Cards Guide – now available for download

The goal of this document is to present an overview of Trusted Platform Module (TPM) virtual smart cards (VSCs) as an option for strong authentication. It is intended not only to provide the means for evaluating VSC use in an enterprise deployment, but also to provide the information necessary to deploy and manage. Go get…


Office IT Pro Garage Series Launches

Jeremy Chapman, resident deployment guru for Microsoft, is launching a new blog series on Office they are calling the “Garage Series for IT Pros”.  In addition to providing a wealth of information on deployment, it looks like they are going to do some crazy stuff like jump out of a perfectly fine aircraft.  No thanks….


System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Toolkit – download now available.

Package Conversion Manager (PCM) A new version of the PCM tool has been released. The new version supports both System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and System Center 2012 SP1 Configuration Manager. the new tool can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=34605. The new release comes in 6 languages. Physical to Virtual (P2V) Migration Toolkit The System Center…