Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 public beta announced

Today Microsoft announced the eagerly anticipated Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 (FEP) public beta to customers. The successor of Forefront Client Security, FEP 2010 is built on System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 R2, allowing customers to use their existing client management infrastructure to deploy and manage endpoint protection. Customers can download the beta now, and… Read more

Day 2 of STB at the 2010 Worldwide Partner Conference

Today begins Day 2 of Microsoft’s 2010 Worldwide Partner Conference.   You might have heard Bob Muglia, president of the Server and Tools Business, talk about the cloud in his keynote yesterday. He explained the Windows Azure platform appliance as a new way for customers and partners to run cloud technology in their datacenters and… Read more

Server and Tools Business makes as splash at Microsoft’s 2010 Worldwide Partner Conference

Today kicked off the first day of Microsoft’s 2010 Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington D.C.    Top on the agenda is cloud computing. Cloud computing is creating a transformative change and opportunity for customers and partners, enabling what is called IT-as-a -Service. Microsoft is working with its partners to lead the way for customers to… Read more

Microsoft’s 2010 Worldwide Partner Conference kicks off next week!

Starting Monday, Microsoft’s 2010 Worldwide Partner Conference begins in Washington D.C. More than 9,300 partners and 3,600 Microsoft attendees will join together to discuss some of the top issues and opportunities facing the partner community, product innovations coming down the pipeline and best practices for the coming year.   For those of you unable to… Read more

Microsoft introduces Cloud Guide for IT Leaders

Today, Microsoft launched its Cloud Guide for IT Leaders, an online digital resource for information technology and business leaders interested in cloud computing.   Wondering how the roles of IT staffers will change with cloud computing? Curious why organizations have left Google Apps? The Cloud Guide for IT Leaders provides access to a steady stream… Read more

Microsoft Accelerates Desktop Virtualization

Two years ago Microsoft unveiled their virtualization vision and has since spoken frequently about server virtualization. Today they rounded out the other side of the equation and provided more details on their desktop virtualization offerings. There is a lot to digest and Microsoft has posted a good deal of content on each part of today’s… Read more

Microsoft Releases SMB and Hosted IT Index 2010 Research

Microsoft today released its global Small and Midsize Business (SMB) IT and Hosted IT Index 2010, which surveyed 3,193 small and midsize businesses in 15 countries to investigate how they use technology especially during the recession.   Overall, the survey results showed greater awareness of the benefits of IT among SMBs and a high reliance… Read more

Microsoft acquires Opalis Software

Today Microsoft announced its acquisition of Opalis Software, a Toronto-based leader in IT process automation software used by customers like Chicos, Dow Chemical, Xerox and Kawasaki.   This acquisition brings together Opalis’ datacenter automation expertise with the integrated physical and virtual datacenter management capabilities of Microsoft System Center. As part of the acquisition, Opalis software… Read more

Microsoft announces release of Forefront TMG and UAG 2010

Today Microsoft announced the releases of two new solutions: Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 (TMG) and Forefront Unified Access Gateway 2010 (UAG).   Forefront TMG and UAG 2010, the latest progress in Microsoft’s Business Ready Security strategy, address two growing endpoint security challenges: TMG helps companies provide safe employee web browsing, in part through use… Read more

PowerPivot downloads for Excel and SharePoint now available

Last week, we announced the availability of the SQL Server 2008 R2 November CTP on the Data Platform Insider blog. Today we are excited to share that the SQL Server 2008 R2 PowerPivot downloads for Microsoft Excel 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 are now available!  To download PowerPivot for Excel and SharePoint, please go… Read more