Gartner Gives Lync Sole Unified Communication “Strong Positive” Rating

  Gartner recently published its MarketScope for Enterprise Instant Messaging and Presence, evaluating the players in the market against several criteria, including innovation, sales strategy, market understanding, marketing strategy, marketing execution, product/service and overall viability. Source: Gartner (July 2011) Microsoft, with its Lync offering, was the only vendor to receive a “strong positive” rating from…


Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 Service Pack 1 Now Available

  Service Pack 1 is now available for the 2010 family of products, including Office, SharePoint, Project Server, FAST, Search Server, and Groove Server. For more on deployment, see these articles: Apply Office 2010 Service Pack 1 and Deploy Service Pack 1 for Project Server 2010. Also download the Service Pack 1 for SharePoint Foundation…


Office 365 is here; Get the Trial

  We are pleased to announce the global launch of the Office 365 service, offering affordable, secure, pay-as-you-go productivity services. Download the trial today. Administrators should also check out these new resources: Introduction for Office 365 Administrators Office 365: SharePoint Online Administration Thanks for reading, Mitch Subscribe to the TechNet Flash newsletter  


The Springboard Series Tour Returns Next Month

  May 2 – Toronto | May 4 – Detroit | May 6 – Chicago | May 9 – Indianapolis | May 11 – Dallas | May 13 – Columbus   The Springboard Series Tour hits the road again next month. This six-city tour brings the top product teams from Microsoft to you.   Join…


Forefront Online Protection for Exchange 11.1 Released

  FOPE 11.1 adds a number of improvements including advance routing, reduced false positives via “skiplisting” and a secure channel for B2B communication. If you are an existing FOPE customer, you are automatically provided these new updates. Learn more and get the free 30-day trial.   Thanks for reading, Mitch   Subscribe to the TechNet Flash…


System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 with SP1 Trial is Ready

  VMM 2008 R2 with SP1 trial software evaluation–now featuring support for Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX–is now available for download in 64-bit editions for Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. VMM) 2008 R2 SP1 provides a comprehensive, cross-platform management solution for the virtualized data center that helps enable: centralized…


Windows Intune Subscriptions Available Now to Manage PCs in the Cloud

Windows Intune, Microsoft’s new cloud-based PC management and security solution, launched yesterday at the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) in Las Vegas. Intune is for organizations of all sizes, allowing IT to manage PCs over the Internet at a low monthly cost. You can try it before you buy it with the free 30-day trial. And the…


System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Beta 2 is ready to download

  System Center Configuration Manager 2012 helps IT empower people to use the devices and applications they need to be productive, while maintaining corporate compliance and control.   Using System Center Configuration Manager 2012, organizations can:   Empower people to be productive from anywhere on whatever device they choose. This includes the wide range of…


Download the System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Beta

The beta release of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 is now ready for download. VMM 2012 is a management solution for the virtualized datacenter, enabling you to configure and manage your virtualization host, networking, and storage resources in order to create and deploy virtual machines and services to private clouds that you have created….


New Microsoft Cloud Hub goes Live

  Keep up with the pace of change in the cloud. This newly-launched Microsoft Cloud Hub offers the latest cloud news, videos and community content, plus and in-depth look at Microsoft’s cloud solutions. Check out the new videos featuring Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Management and Security Brad Anderson discussing the choices IT pros can…