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Must-reads for performance testing Windows 7

  Let me guess… you’re thinking it’s time to upgrade from Windows XP or Windows Vista, but there is no budget for the new hardware you’ve come to associate with any operating system migration. Here’s what you do:   First, buzz on over to Daniel Oxley’s Confessions of a Microsoft Consultant blog entry on “Benchmarking…


What it means when Windows 7 reaches RTM

  The Windows 7 Team blog has posted a great update which describes what happens once Windows 7 hits that all-important milestone, Release to Manufacturing (RTM). See the blog post to read about the nuances of RTM, but here’s the gist of what to expect once it’s attained (still anticipating the latter half of July):  …


New Windows 7 Learning Snacks (short videos) now available

  Just a heads up about the recent posting of more new Learning Snacks for Windows 7. Learning Snacks are short, interactive presentations delivered via Silverlight. Here are the new Windows 7 “snacks” for IT professionals:   ·        Implementing User Account Control in Windows 7 ·        Introducing BitLocker and AppLocker in Windows 7 ·        Introducing…


Migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7

  Some things need repeating.   With the continued reporting about Windows XP users being left out in the cold when it comes to upgrading to Windows 7, here’s some warm information (not hot, since we’ve talked about this before) about using the latest beta of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Beta to transfer the…


The Win7 Taskbar .NET Sample Library—a must for app developers

  If you’ll be developing or migrating applications for Windows 7, the Windows 7 taskbar includes new functionality that you’ll need to understand to take full advantage of the new user experience. A great place to start is a recent post on the Windows 7 for Developers blog. It provides an overview of the Taskbar…


The month of daily Exchange Server 2007 tips continues with some gems

  TechNet Magazine has really elevated the notion of tech tips. When you think of such of a feature, what comes to mind? A few tips that stagnate over time; perhaps a top 10 list, if it’s a really hot topic. Not TechNet Magazine. It’s Tip of the Day updates every business day on its…


Update on Windows 7 application compatibility

  Here’s a topic on everyone’s mind when it comes to preparing for Windows 7: application compatibility. Every time Microsoft begins rolling out a new version of Windows, this is huge for our enterprise customers, and I’m happy to report that it is huge, as well, for the Windows engineering team. To wit, the new…


How you—IT professionals—are helping build Windows 7

  Once again, big props to Gavriella Schuster for her level of detail on Windows 7 development for enterprise customers. In her latest post on the Windows Team Blog, she explains exactly how our enterprise customers and partners have helped us focus on end-to-end customer scenarios and build business value into the new operating system….