Today Marks the End of Support for Windows 8 (Not 8.1)

  Josh Condie – The title above can be a little deceiving.  What this really means, is that it is time to move to Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 ASAP.   As Microsoft will no longer be releasing security updates and patches for Windows 8.  This is all in addition to the EOS for Internet Explorer…

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Yet another reason to get them off of Windows XP!

Todd Sweetser Yes, Windows XP was retired back in April 2014.  Yet there are still many of those that continued to use it in the SMB space (and others.)  I wanted to share yet another reason to get them upgraded…. As of July 14th, 2015 Microsoft is no longer providing updates to Microsoft Security Essentials…

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The Path to Windows 10 Webcast–Replay

Recently I co-delivered a webcast called the Path to Windows 10 with Simone Ando, Product Marketing Manager, Windows and Devices.  In the webcast we talked about how Windows 10 will be the best business platform ever – enabling our business customers to be more productive, simplifying management and deployment, working with all their existing apps…

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IE Support Policy Information and Resources

We have been asked several times by partners what is the support policy and EOL of Internet Explorer.   There seems to be a lot of confusion over this questions and the announcements we made around Microsoft Edge (Formerly Spartan).  Here is some key information about Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft Edge. The latest version of…

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Upgrading to build 10122 of Windows 10

Good morning partners, If you or your customers are a part of the Windows 10 Tech Preview, you may have been taking advantage of the latest builds of Windows 10.  Recently we released build 10122, and your installation may have stopped at 18% .  Thanks to Pieter Wigleven and Antonio Vasconcelos who found the following…

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Ramping up on Windows 10 --- Get Ready With Upcoming Training!

As you know Windows 10 is right around the corner and will be available shortly. We want to ensure you have all of the right tools and knowledge on the new operating system before your customers start inquiring.  Please attend these webinars and in person training  to learn more on how to keep current with…

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Azure Backup now backs up your Client OS’ as well

Rob Waggoner During my recent Hands on Lab events, we spent time setting up Azure Backup.  During these events, only Server OS’ (Server 2008 R2 + SP1 and above) were supported.  The common question during these events was “Can I backup my Client OS’ with Azure Backup?”.  During the events, the answer was no, but…

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Being a Nerd: Wireless VGA/HDMI Part 2

Q: (from Jeff) When you find a minute if I could trouble you to send me links to the HDMI connector for surface pro, as well as the device that allows you to connect to your television for both video and audio. A: This is a follow up question from my original post Being a…

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How do I get the All Apps View in Windows 8.1?

Rob Waggoner Q:  When I swipe up from the bottom of the Start Screen, I don’t get the All Apps View,  I get the Customize View.  How can I access the App Apps View in Windows 8.1? A:  In Windows 8.1, like Windows 8, the traditional “swipe from the bottom of the screen” still gives…

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Power BI for Office 365

Michael Kophs – Cloud PTS This summer I was fortunate enough to experience the gauntlet of Microsoft conferences:  WPC (our Worldwide Partner Conference), MGX (internal sales conference) and TechReady (internal technical conference) in three consecutive weeks!  Throughout these three weeks, the most exciting and compelling new technology presented was easily Power BI for Office 365! …

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Windows Licensing and BYOD: A case for Companion Subscription Licenses in the SMB

Woody Walton I work every day supporting Microsoft Partners of one type or another.  VARs, hosters, distributors, you name it.  Today my opinion was solicited on an aspect of Windows client licensing that is not commonly asked about and it got me thinking that many of you may not know about the offering, *** benefits,…

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SkyDrive Pro Apps for Windows 8 & iOS are here!

Woody Walton This is important.  We cannot all follow every blog and with all the static in the blogosphere right now over Windows 8.1 I wanted to make certain you did not miss this.  SkyDrive Pro is the new brand for My Sites in  Office 365 & SharePoint online.  We have had a great app…

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More Windows To Go USB Drives

Q: (from Gary) I was at the seminar and asked you about the specs on a jump/flash drive for Windows to Go setup. Could you let me know the which one would work best for me? I have tried LEXAR, KINGSTON, Data traveler and a few off brands that we have here. I haven’t been…

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File History, fan favorite feature of Windows 8

By Ron Grattopp ….Now that we’ve launched the new Get2Modern campaign to hopefully motivate and incent folks to move up to Windows 8, I thought it would be good to review one of the key business value propositions for moving to Windows 8.  When I call it a “fan favorite feature” I’m referring to the…

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Help your customers “Get2Modern” with Windows 8 and Office 2013

J.J. Antequino ———————————- On April 8, 2014, Microsoft will end support for the decade-old Windows XP as well as Office 2003. This means your customers will no longer receive updates, including security updates, for Windows XP from Microsoft. The security and privacy implications of this event could have significant impacts on your customers’ business.  …

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The Windows Desktop Upgrade Volume License: Is reassignment an option?

    Woody Walton   When it comes to Microsoft licensing, most know that it is necessarily or unnecessarily complex depending on who you are! And although I am by title a Partner Technology Advisor, my support of Microsoft partners in the transaction process expose me to a lot of licensing scenarios and questions.   When…

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Why you should take a Second Look at Microsoft Windows Intune – Training and Promotion Announced for the New Wave D

Josh Condie – There are significant changes in the pricing, licensing, skus, and key product features of Windows Intune with the new Wave D offering launching this month – greatly enhancing the partner reselling and services opportunity.  Many partners are seeing strong success leveraging Windows Intune to help drive new customer conversations around: (1) Unmanaged…

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Free ebook: Introducing Windows 8: An Overview for IT Professionals (Final Edition); and More Win 8 Technical Training for Partners

Josh Condie – We’re happy to announce that we have released the final version of this free ebook.       FREE DOWNLOAD FORMATS: PDF Introducing Windows 8- An Overview for IT Professionals – PDF ebook Mobi Introducing Windows 8-An Overview for IT Professionals – Mobi format for Kindle ePub Introducing Windows 8-An Overview for…

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How Windows 8 addresses the changing security landscape, having a customer conversation

By Ron Grattopp   ….You should know by now that security is something of a continuing focus for my blog.  In this vein I want to call out a recent blog by Stella Chernyak from the Microsoft Windows team called The Unsung Hero: Windows 8 Security.  In the post she mentions that she’ll be sharing…

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