The //build/ up to Windows 10

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The build up to Windows 10
Wow, it has been a busy month in the world of Windows 10!

For those Windows Insiders on the “fast track”, Project Spartan – the new browser built for Windows 10 - made an appearance. We also saw new preview apps for Music and Video made available, and we got new capabilities inside virtual desktops which is a new core Windows 10 feature introduced in January.

In addition to the new technical preview for PCs, we’ve also had two new builds released for testing Windows 10 on phones. These new builds now support a whole lot more devices. Remember, though, that this is still an early technical preview - so be wary about putting this on your main device.

Current Windows Insider builds:

  • Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 10049 for PCs on the fast ring.
  • Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 10041 for PCs on the slow ring.
  • Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 10052 now available for phones.

Forget winter, summer is coming…

While some of us were donning green and enjoying a pint or two of Guinness on St Patrick’s Day, Terry Myerson stepped up and announced that Windows 10 will be shipping during the summer. The US summer. For those of us down here at the other end of the world, that means July through to August.

Windows 10 will be a free upgrade – Terry also announced that upgrading to Windows 10 from Windows 7, 8, or 8.1, would be free if you make the jump within 12 months of the release.* Once you are upgraded, your device will continue to be kept current for the supported lifetime of the device.

On April 29 and May 4, the //build/ 2015 and Microsoft Ignite conferences kick off in San Francisco and Chicago. Expect to hear a bunch more about developing for, deploying, and using, Windows 10 across PCs, Mobile, IoT, and more. The //build/ 2015 conference will be making its way to 23 cities worldwide on the //build/ Tour, arriving for //build/ Auckland on 30 May. If you develop apps, want to learn about developing apps, or want to get face-to-face with Microsoft engineers, you can register for free.

(*) Hardware and software requirements apply. No additional charge. Feature availability may vary by device. Some editions excluded. More details at
Regan Murphy
Infrastructure Technical Evangelist
Microsoft NZ


In the build up to the new release of Windows and the //build/ 2015 and //build/ Auckland events we thought it would only be appropriate to share with you the below MVA course. Not only is it the most popular IT Pro course at @MSVirtAcademy right now, with almost 2,000 courses taken monthly, but it's very timely too! Make sure you check it out for yourself.

Windows 10 Technical Preview Fundamentals for IT Pros

Watch as the lead Windows 10 Enterprise Product Managers roll back the covers on the Windows 10 Technical Preview. Take a peek at the enhancements in Windows 10 and find out how these improvements can help you meet your enterprise IT and security challenges; including device management, multifactor authentication, and deployment.


TechEd* is coming!

NZ’s largest tech conference is on its way! After inspiring the insatiable techie for nineteen years, a name change is in order. From 1-4 September TechEd will return - with a new name. It’s going to be big. Twentieth year BIG. Be quick to secure an Earlybird ticket from 5 May and if you think you have what it takes to own the stage, submissions for sessions open on 5 May too. Head over here to count down with us. You can stay tuned for updates by following us in the Twittersphere.

Infrastructure as Code

This Forrester Thought Leadership Paper looks at whether infrastructure as code (IaC) is indeed the core to DevOps. Can adopting IaC principles help companies of all sizes accelerate software delivery? Download the paper and decide for yourself.

The battle against cybercrime

It's as cool as it sounds. And it's not just the realm of TV shows. Check out some of the numbers and the work that's being done in the region here. If you're interested in keeping an eye on the world of cyber security check out the Digital Crimes Unit Newsroom.


IT Camp: Extend your Datacenter with Microsoft Azure

30 April
When you extend your datacenter to meet the public cloud, you are working in a hybrid cloud model that provides your business a flexible IT infrastructure that can scale on demand. Attend this IT Camp to learn how the Microsoft hybrid cloud combines Microsoft Azure with your own datacenter, or a hosting service providers datacenter.

IT Camp: Modernizing your Infrastructure with Microsoft's Cloud OS

12 & 14 May
Attend this IT Camp to learn about the benefits of modernizing your infrastructure with Windows Server 2012 R2. You will explore identity in the modern world with virtualised Domain Controllers and Azure Active Directory sync. We’ll take a look at the storage, networking, and management enhancements, plus plenty of hands on experience with PowerShell!

Wellington Azure Discovery Day

13 May
This session provides an overview of the platform and a description of how the different technologies come together to solve common problems and opportunities in the modern business. Space is limited.

//build/ Auckland

30 May
The //build/ conference in San Francisco sold out in less than an hour. Now the ground breaking conference is on tour across 23 cities worldwide, arriving in Auckland on 30 May. //build/ helps provide developers access to over 1.5 billion devices. If you work closely with developers or have developer friends be sure to let them know so they can secure a seat. If you have your own projects on the side make sure you don't miss this event. Hear from some of the original conference speakers as they cover the key announcements. Register here.


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