Windows 7 Deployment Tools Interview with Jeremy Chapman, Part 1

We see the Springboard Series blog as a place to communicate important information and updates for desktop and laptop-focused IT professionals—what you need to know to effectively perform your job. Now on to a discussion on Windows 7, and what you’ll want to know as you begin looking at your application portfolio and deployment tools….


Windows Service Pack Blocker Toolkit

Here’s an update for those of you who have installed the Service Pack Blocker Tool for Windows XP or Windows Vista. This code temporarily prevents the installation of a service pack through Windows Update, typically for one year after general availability of the service pack. The expiration date for the Service Pack Blocker Tool for…


New deployment tools available for Windows 7 Beta!

We know many of you have downloaded the Windows 7 Beta (enough to overwhelm our servers!), and are likely putting the new operating system through its paces. Now that you’ve had a chance to explore the new UI and some of the advanced end-user features, it might be time to begin working with the management…


Windows 7 Beta Has Officially Launched!

After much anticipation, Microsoft has now made Windows 7 Beta available for evaluation and testing to IT professionals! For TechNet subscribers, you can download Windows 7 Beta today here. On January 9th, the beta will open to all IT professionals on the Springboard Series for Windows 7. In fact, it will be useful to add…


Windows Vista SP2 – What’s Inside? What’s Important?

With today’s launch of the Customer Preview Program (CPP) for Windows Vista® Service Pack 2 (SP2), we wanted to provide a brief synopsis of the elements in this service pack, and encourage you to download and test this release. Windows Vista SP2 is a traditional service pack release with all cumulative released security updates available…


TechEd 2008: Windows Vista and the Road to Windows 7

Hola from TechEd 2008 IT Professionals in Barcelona! Tuesday marked the first public overview to IT professionals of several new features in Windows 7, providing greater security and manageability for remote and local PCs, while improving on the fundamentals of performance and reliability. There were a number of interesting sessions on Windows 7 features for…


Live from PDC 2008: A First Look at Windows 7

We’re here at the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in Los Angeles, where Microsoft has taken the wraps off the latest client operating system, Windows® 7. The first thing to note is that this is a pre-beta release, and is still an early first-look. While most information out there will focus on how Windows 7 makes…


First Look: Windows Vista Service Pack 2

You might have heard about the upcoming beta release of Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2), and we wanted to take a few minutes to describe what’s in it and how it can help you align your plans around Windows Vista adoption. The Windows Vista SP2 beta will be available to a small group of…


Welcome to the Springboard Series Blog

Get more of your questions answered and connect with subject matter experts from within the Windows Client division. Not sure what to make of the speculation out there? Want to hear first hand about the latest guidance, tools, and resources available to help make your big projects and day-to-day tasks easier, or just keep up-to-date…