New Feature Package: TechNet ON Maximizing Windows Server 2008

  The new edition of TechNet ON is designed to help you keep your Windows servers in top condition and make your job of managing and maintaining Windows servers, well… less of a job. And the first thing that job shouldn’t is a reactive manual exercise in frustration. We’ve collected the management and maintenance tools…

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Microsoft security bulletin summary for December 2010

  Microsoft has released the latest Security Bulletin for December 2010.   For more information about the bulletin advance notification service, see Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification.   For information about how to receive automatic notifications whenever Microsoft security bulletins are issued, visit Microsoft Technical Security Notifications. Microsoft is hosting a webcast to address customer…

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Evaluate Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1

You can now register to download the 120-day trial or the virtual hard drive 180-day trial of Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1.   You can also review the Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 system requirements or Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP1 VHD system requirements.   More to come, Mitch   Subscribe to the TechNet…

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Sign up for the latest CTPs and test upcoming features for SQL Azure

Two limited Community Technology Previews will be available before the end of 2010: The SQL Azure Reporting CTP and the SQL Azure Data Sync CTP 2.   SQL Azure Reporting enables developers to enhance their applications by embedding cloud based reports on information stored in a SQL Azure database, and author reports using familiar SQL…

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Silverlight 5 unveiled

Microsoft yesterday announced Silverlight 5. With beta availability scheduled for the first half of 2011, the next release of Silverlight sports more than 40 new features, including support for running Silverlight applications with desktop features in the browser and dramatic video quality and performance improvements.   Key media and UI improvements include:   Hardware Decode…

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Free 4-day Microsoft Practice Accelerator for Cloud Services

For the month of December, Microsoft is offering a free four-day online training program to help you make the transition to the cloud. The program is four hours per day for each of the four days. Find the dates and times for your region and register here.   The sessions are geared for technical decision makers…

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Webcast: Getting Started with the Windows Azure November 2010 Release

December 1, 2010, 9:00 AM Pacific Time — In this webcast you will see several demos of the new features introduced in the Windows Azure November 2010 Release (DPE110CAL), including Virtual Machine Role and Elevated Privileges which can make it easier to move existing applications to the cloud, Windows Azure Connect which can enable you…

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Update available for Internet Explorer 9 Beta

Microsoft yesterday released an update for Windows Internet Explorer 9 Beta. This update improves the reliability of Internet Explorer 9 Beta in various scenarios.   For more on what’s in the update and to download the update package, view this knowledge base article.   More to come, Mitch   Subscribe to the TechNet Flash newsletter…

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Check out Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview 7

  Microsoft yesterday released the latest preview of Internet Explorer 9, featuring dramatic performance gains in its Chakra JavaScript engine.   Since first demonstrated at PDC in 2009, Chakra in Internet Explorer has increased JavaScript performance by 345 percent according to WebKit SunSpider. The Exploring IE blog has much on the JavaScript engine and the…

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Download the Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Trial and experience the power of integrated communication

  Download the Microsoft Lync Server 2010 trial and see how Lync delivers a connected experience that transforms communication into more collaborative, engaging and accessible interaction from virtually anywhere your users may be.      With Lync Server 2010 and the Lync 2010 client application, users benefit from a single user interface that unites voice, IM,…

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