Enterprise Mode Internet Explorer

With the release of Windows 8.1 Update, enterprises have a new tool at their disposal for addressing issues with older web sites.  This new feature, called Enterprise Mode IE, effectively enables IE 11 to run web pages that otherwise would only work in IE 8.  And this isn’t just for Windows 8.1 – you can…

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Useful deployment links

As we were going through our TechEd North America deployment pre-conference today, we showed a lot of links for pages of interest.  Here is a list of those (at least the ones I remembered): Windows 8.1 deployment all-up http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/hh974336 http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/springboard/archive/2014/04/21/windows-8-1-deployment-labs-now-available.aspx http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/windows-8-1-deployment-jump-start Windows 8.1 Update http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/archive/2014/04/02/stay-up-to-date-with-enterprise-mode-for-internet-explorer-11.aspx http://blogs.technet.com/b/mniehaus/archive/2014/04/13/experimenting-with-wimboot-using-mdt-2013.aspx http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/windowsexperience/archive/2014/04/02/windows-8-1-update-important-refinements-to-the-windows-experience.aspx http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/springboard/archive/2013/10/18/windows-8-1-update-the-it-pro-perspective.aspx http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/springboard/archive/2014/04/03/windows-8-1-sideloading-enhancements.aspx http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2919355 Dynamic deployment http://deploymentbunny.com/2012/04/21/back-to-basic-customsettings-ini-explained/http://blogs.technet.com/b/deploymentguys/archive/2009/09/10/using-and-extending-model-aliases-for-hardware-specific-application-installation.aspx http://blogs.technet.com/b/mniehaus/archive/2012/06/27/encoding-sensitive-information-in-customsettings-ini-and-bootstrap-ini.aspx http://mdtcustomizations.codeplex.com/…

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Experimenting with WIMBoot using MDT 2013

With the release of the Windows 8.1 Update, there is a new mechanism available for running Windows called Windows Image Boot, or WIMBoot for short.  For details about what this is and how it works, see the Springboard blog. Although MDT 2013 doesn’t include any specific support for WIMBoot (maybe something that could be considered…

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Another Windows 8.1 Update tip

With the Windows 8.1 Update’s release to MSDN yesterday, people are discovering the various improvements in the new release.  Here’s one that I noticed in PC Settings: See the new “Manage known connections” link?  Click it and now you can remove existing wireless connections (as long as they weren’t pushed out via Group Policy): Simple…

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Ten years and counting

It’s hard to believe that I’ve been working for Microsoft for that long already – time flies.  During that time, I’ve had a few different jobs and titles: consultant, systems design engineer, software development engineer, program manager, product marketing manager.  I’ve visited customers all over the world (well, at least on five of the seven…

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Configuring file associations in Windows 8.1

When you are using Windows 8.1 (or Windows 8, which behaves the same way), you may notice that some file types (mapped by file extension) are opened by modern apps while others may be opened by desktop apps.  If you are a tablet user, you may not want the desktop apps; if you are a…

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Migrating from Windows XP to Windows 8.1 using MDT 2013

Most people using MDT at this point have made the migration to Windows 7 and are looking at MDT 2013 to help with getting to Windows 8.1.  But there are a number of stragglers who are looking to go directly from Windows XP to Windows 8.1 (and hopefully finishing that by April 2014 when Windows…

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