RT is dead (not), long live RT

By Ron Grattopp ….I suspect many of you follow the trade rags as I do, and if you have then I’m betting you’ve seen the bandwagon some have jumped on how Windows RT is doomed.  Well, I recently ran across this article from long-time technology writer David Chernicoff, OMG! They’re using Windows RT! – love…

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Windows 8.1 feature preview – enhanced security

By Ron Grattopp ….You should remember that I’ve previously discussed how Windows 8 significantly ups the security bar with features like Secure/Trusted/Measured Boot, Malware Resistance technology, and corporate business data protection (see my post on 12/31/12).  So what does Windows 8.1 (aka Win8.1 for the rest of this article) bring to the table to build…

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Windows 8.1 feature preview – unified smart search

By Ron Grattopp ….One of the most underrated (IMHO) yet important productivity aspects of the desktop OS is the search function.  Way back in Vista we introduced the Instant Search (or search-as-you-type as some call it) functionality which was a huge step up over XP, and actually changed the way I worked, leveraging search to…

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If you’re a OneNote aficionado, and using Windows 8, you need to know this

By Ron Grattopp ….OK, so I’m a die-hard OneNote user – it’s probably more important to my daily productivity than any other app – and from way back I’ve used the Win+S shortcut to get screen clips from web pages and other screen shots that I use in documents (including this blog).  In fact, the…

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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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Office 365 “180”

By Ron Grattopp ….Just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share this, basically in a partner’s own words how they came to do a “180”  regarding the Office 365 opportunity for their business.  This comes from an editorial in an SMB-focused newsletter called WServerNews, which has been around quite a while serving the small business…

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Identity management, to cloud or not to cloud

By Ron Grattopp ….last month one of the posts I did was on the “Cloud OS”, so as part of my research for that I ran across information from some time back that I think is still relevant but not well known about our technology, so I wanted to share.  This post centers around info…

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Bing, to search and beyond

By Ron Grattopp ….OK, maybe you didn’t pick up on my subtle reference to the Buzz Lightyear’s Toy Story line ”to infinity, and beyond” so the title of this post may seem a little strange to you, but if you thought Bing was just a “to search” engine, then hopefully you’ll read on and find…

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The new Office 365 suite line-up

By Ron Grattopp ….If you’ve been reading the TS2 blog at all, I’m sure you’re aware that the new Office 365 launched today and that it included one particularly important new offering.  My team has already put out a lot of information around the new Office 365 Midsize Business offering which can be sold under…

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Cloud OS – what is it and why do I care?

By Ron Grattopp ….One term I suspect you’ll start hearing a lot more of going forward is “Cloud OS”.  Do you know what that is?  Do you care?  Well, I’ve run across a couple of articles that I believe answer both, so this’ll be one of my shorter posts as I mainly want to highlight…

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Microsoft security revisited

By Ron Grattopp ….a while back, OK, a fairly long time back, when TS2 first started blogging (and we were still doing individual blogs), one of the things I liked to do was take current news articles and blogs that I felt were biased or sensationalized (typically anti-Microsoft) and do a bit of a rebuttal…

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Microsoft research revisited

By Ron Grattopp ….Along with security, another recurring theme I like to visit from time to time is what I call the “Why Microsoft”, in other words, why should you pick Microsoft as your strategic technology choice.  I believe this is a key component of a customer-partner conversation which is another underlying theme of most…

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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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Add a 1-click shutdown tile to your Windows 8 Start Screen

By Ron Grattopp ….Every one I’ve demo’d Windows 8 for always wants to know how I got the Shutdown tile on my Start Screen, so since it’s been such a popular thing I thought I’d go ahead and blog about it, consider it my Christmas gift to you.  Here’s how to create a 1-click Shutdown…

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Q&A: How do I license Office RT for commercial use?

By Ron Grattopp ….So in my previous blog post I gave you the rest of the story around Windows RT which includes Office Home & Student 2013 RT (Office RT), but what I didn’t call out specifically, that you need to know, is that Office RT is NOT designed or licensed out-of-the-box for “commercial, non-profit,…

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Windows RT, the rest of the story

By Ron Grattopp ….If you’re a consistent follower of this blog, you might remember that I recently did a post around “what you need to know about Windows RT”.   The intent of that was to highlight 2 key points that anyone selling Window RT (WinRT) devices should insure their customers know and that is, since…

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More info on enhanced security in Windows 8 and trusted boot redux

By Ron Grattopp ….You’ll hear us TS2 guys and others say the Windows 8 is “a better Windows 7 than Windows 7”.  One of the most important aspects of this is the improvements Windows 8 has made in the area of security.  I’ve made the case in other posts that Windows 7 is actually the…

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Windows RT: Using the New (and BEST) Remote Desktop App

Woody Walton     Windows RT devices have been on the shelf for only a few days with Microsoft’s very own Surface and the ASUS Vivo Tab RT gathering the most press by far.   If you are wanting information on Windows RT specifically I would recommend Ron Grattopp’s post What you need to know about…

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Browser security redux

 By Ron Grattopp …..About 6 months ago, I did a post around including browser security as part of your customer conversations.  As we move forward in this ever more mobile, cloud-oriented computing paradigm where the browser becomes THE central app, I believe browser security should be an even larger part of the security solution equation…

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Windows 8 Professional and Enterprise feature overview

  By Ron Grattopp ….We are rapidly approaching the public launch (GA) of Windows 8, when it becomes available to all customers, including retail and OEM.  At which time we will also see a spate of new devices running Windows 8 on form factors from small tablets all the way up to large-screen All-in-ones. The…

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