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Doesn’t Windows 8.1 require more hardware than Windows 7? (Series: Windows 8.1 for Business)

Logically, it makes sense.  Forever it seems whenever any software company comes out with a new version of their product, the added features and functionality require extra hardware.  In the case of operating systems, that seems especially true.  Software vendors are always trying to build their solutions not to fit today’s hardware, but what hardware… Read more

(Episode 18) Windows 8 Tips: Tweaks and Customizations

In part 6 of our Windows 8 Tips and Tricks series, Principal Technical Account Manager Lex Thomas and I show off some of the new kinds of customization options found in Windows 8. There’s never been a better time to build for Windows! Join the App Builder Program and learn about the Windows ecosystem opportunity,… Read more

Put your ADFS in the Cloud – 20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services

Welcome to another installment of our May series of articles – “20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services”.  Today I’m going to describe a scenario, a problem, and then propose a solution.    The Scenario: Single Sign-On support using Active Directory, Windows Azure Active Directory, ADFS (Active Directory Federation Services), and Office 365 and/or… Read more

We Need to Lock These Down! – Migration and Deployment (Part 19 of 19)

It’s the end of February, and the end of what I hope you will agree was a very satisfying series of 19 “Migration and Deployment” articles by my teammates and me – the U.S. based IT Pro Technology Evangelists. “So what’s the last topic?” I’m glad you asked.  Now that you know (or have the… Read more

Breaking News: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 6.5 is RTW

RTW = Released to the Webitubes Today Microsoft releases the next version of the MAP Toolkit.  MAP, in case you weren’t aware, stands for Microsoft Assessment and Planning.  And a brand new version (v6.5) is now available to download. “What does it do?” I’m glad you asked.  The MAP Toolkit is the Swiss Army Knife… Read more

How to quickly virtualize your users XP desktop for their use from within Windows 7

This is a really exciting scenario:  You want to get your user(s) upgraded to Windows 7, but they’ve got XP systems with applications that they just can’t do without.  For some reason, the applications won’t work under Windows 7. “Hey Kevin – Isn’t that what XP-Mode in Windows 7 is for?” Exactly.  For those of… Read more

Kevin’s TechNet Event Resources: April-June 2010 (Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 Launch!)

TechNet Event Slides and Additional Resources http://www.technetevents.com/resources   25%-OFF Special TechNet Plus Subscription Promotion – Yes, save nearly $100 off of a new TechNet Plus Direct Subscription!Use Promotion Code TNITQ404 (that’s 4-ZERO-4) at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/subscription   E-mail Technical Questions: Kevin Remde – Kevin.Remde@microsoft.comFeedback e-mail to my boss: Brian Moore – BriMoore@microsoft.com   Follow Kevin on Twitter:… Read more

BIG News: Microsoft Office 2010 + SharePoint 2010 RTM!

(RTM = Released to Manufacturing) It’s a big day for Microsoft, and for the world of people who work with information and documents on their computers.  Or on a SharePoint page using a browser.  Or on their phone.  Today marks the “ship” day for Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010.  It’s done.  It’s ready.  Kick it… Read more

Transparency: What guides Microsoft to improve server products and reduce your TCO?

Here’s another TLA for you all to learn: CEC.  Microsoft’s Common Engineering Criteria.  The Microsoft Common Engineering Criteria is a set of engineering requirements and guidelines that govern all of Microsoft’s server products.  The idea here is that we build products that work well together, and work to help you reduce your TCO (another TLA… Read more

Are you moving to Windows 7? Are you looking for IE6-to-IE8 Migration Information?

“Hey Kevin.. I want to deploy Windows 7, and hear good things about IE8, but I don’t know how to start evaluating what I need to make the move off of Internet Explorer 6.  I am sure I have at least one critical application that might not work in IE8, and need to know what… Read more