Windows 7 RC is available for TechNet and MSDN subscribers to download

We are pleased to announce that the Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) is available for immediate download to our TechNet and MSDN subscribers. If you’re not a TechNet Plus subscriber, please click here to learn about the benefits of becoming one. Windows 7 RC will be made available to the general public on May 5,…


Plan Ahead for Windows 7 Beta and RC Expiration Dates

Attention Windows 7 Beta and Release Candidate (RC) testers! To avoid interruption, you’ll need to start planning now to rebuild your test machines using a valid version of Windows before the software expires. Windows will notify you that the expiration process is beginning and two weeks later your PC will begin shutting down every two…

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Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 is Released to Manufacturing

Today we are proud to announce the Release to Manufacturing of Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. Service Pack 2 (SP2) represents the latest step in Microsoft’s commitment to continuous improvement. It includes all of the updates that have been delivered since SP1, as well as support for new types of…

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The Infrastructure Planning and Design team has released a new guide: Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization.

This guide outlines the critical infrastructure design elements that will help ensure a successful implementation of Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V). This guide walks you through the four-step process of designing components, layout, and connectivity in a logical, sequential order. Identification of the MED-V server instances needed is presented in simple, easy-to-follow steps, with the…

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Windows 7 Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.5: Interview with Jeremy Chapman

Hello again from Redmond. Let’s talk compatibility – a big component of any operating system deployment project is knowing what applications, hardware and devices your users have and whether they will work on the new OS. With Windows 7 approaching fast, Windows Senior Community Manager Stephen Rose sat down with Jeremy again and discussed the…

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Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2009 is Now Available

MDOP 2009 includes MED-V 1.0, App-V 4.5 CU1 and AIS 1.5 Updates I wanted to let you know that Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2009 is now available for purchase to Software Assurance customers. MDOP 2009 includes the first release of Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V 1.0), a Cumulative Update to Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V…

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Windows 7 Virtual Roundtable Q&A: Part Two

As noted in our previous post, our recent Springboard Series Virtual Roundtable—Windows 7: To the Beta and Beyond—with Mark Russinovich resulted in numerous viewer-generated questions on the Windows 7 Beta release that the panel was unable to address, given time limitations. Here is the second batch of questions and answers, along with links to more…

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