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Coming in November, our “Ignite your Business” Tour!

Connect. Learn. Innovate. Whether you’re a Technical Decision Maker, IT Professional or Developer – Ignite Your Business is the event to attend. Learn why Windows 10 is the best platform for business. Connect with our valued partners at the showcase, engage with experts and get hands-on experience. Whether you build, manage or design, this is… Read more

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

Can I use Windows 8.1 without a touchscreen?

Even if you’ve never tried Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, you may have seen the advertisements showing off the lovely colorful “touch-first” interface (previously known as the “Metro” UI).  Even some people using a traditional old non-touch laptop will reach out and touch the screen when they first encounter the start screen.  (And by “some… Read more

Why can’t I just use the desktop in Windows 8.1?

Well, you can.  In fact, my friend and coworker Jennelle Crothers explains it all for you in today’s article in our “Windows 8.1 for Business” blog series.  She writes… “Ask anyone who uses a computer for every day work tasks, they might say that they LIVE on the desktop and can’t be bothered with the… Read more

Do you really need a start menu?

One of the reasons some people weren’t comfortable with Windows 8 from the beginning was for the lack of their familiar start menu.  In today’s article in our “Windows 8.1 for Business” series, my friend Matt Hester delivers the run-down on the benefits of the Start Screen vs. the old Start Menu, and provides some… Read more

What’s New in R2 – The Executive Interviews

A couple of months ago I had the privilege to interview Brad Anderson.  Brad is a Sr. VP at Microsoft, responsible for the System Center and Windows Server product lines.  So… “So this guy knows what he’s talking about?” Exactly.  As a companion to his blog – In the Cloud – we recorded these three… Read more

Build a Hyper-V Lab for a Chance to WIN a Surface Pro and MORE! ( US ONLY )

Build your very own Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 for FREE and Enter for a chance to win* one of the following fantastic prizes: Three Grand Prizes: One of three Microsoft Surface Pro 64GB devices with Type Cover keyboard cover ($828.99 USD Retail Value)   Twenty-Five First Prizes: One of twenty-five Microsoft Certification Exam Vouchers ($150.00… Read more

TechNet Radio: Building Clouds – An Inside Look at Virtual Machine Migration Tools

In this episode I welcome “Migration Mark” from the Building Clouds blog series on TechNet to discuss best practices for migrating your virtual machines to Microsoft Hyper-V as well as some free virtual machine migration tools that are available. Check out this great discussion on MAP 8.5, MVMC and the Migration Automation Toolkit (MAT) …. Read more

TechNet Radio: (Part 3) What’s New in 2012 R2: Enabling Modern Business Applications

Brad Anderson and I wrap up our 3 part What’s New in 2012 R2 series.  In today’s episode we discuss how you can better enable modern business applications in your IT environment with the Windows Azure Pack.  Tune in as we go in detail about how IT Pros will be able to impact their organization’s… Read more

VMware or Microsoft?–Shopping for Private Clouds

What’s on your shopping list for your datacenter?  What do you need to run the business you’re supporting?  What capabilities do you wish you had?  Is your goal to provide a dynamic, scalable, cost-efficient “software driven datacenter”?  The list of what we want to provide can get long and complex.  Even if we simply the… Read more