Announcing several technologies to enable Windows Server 2008 customers to run certain applications designed for Windows Server 2008 R2

Following the tremendously successful launch of Windows Server 2008 R2, a lot of software developers are eager to begin writing applications and drivers that take advantage of some of its new technologies.  To help developers transitioning to Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft is proud to announce the release to Web (RTW) of the Platform Update… Read more

Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2 eBook Available as Free Download

Thanks much to the Microsoft Learning and MS Press folks for such a fantastic giveaway. I remember getting the pre-cursor for this book, Introducing Microsoft Windows Server 2008, before I joined Microsoft and it was a huge help in getting grounded with the then-new OS. Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2 is a deep-dive work, that'll get you… Read more

Windows 7 goes GA!!

It's been a fantastic ride: Windows 7 has hit the GA milestone.  That's General Availability for the acronym-challenged, so go forth and upgrade! As of now, you'll find Windows 7 readily available from retailers as well as hardware manufacturers and business solution providers. The new operating system has lots to admirefor desktop users, but it… Read more

Provide a Better Web Site Experience with Faster Response Times

Have you ever hummed the Jeopardy theme song while waiting for a Web site to download – even on a high-speed Internet connection? Sometimes the problem is OUT of your control – whether it is an Internet traffic jam, scheduled maintenance, or some other unknown cause for a delay in receiving your request to view… Read more

Survey says: IT pros weigh in on the role of solution providers

Microsoft recently worked with MarketTools's Zoom Panel Tech to conduct an online survey of 2000 IT professionals about if, how and why they use solution providers (IT consultants, resellers, system integrators and hosted service providers.)  The results verify what we've heard repeatedly from customers and partners:  IT departments want strategic solution providers that truly help drive business… Read more

Remote Access: SMBs Will Continue to Get Enterprise-Caliber Capabilities With SBS and EBS

Windows Server 2008 R2 will soon be fully launched, providing a host of new capabilities that will help dial down costs and improve productivity. A key design tenent, which we've discussed in this blog, is how Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 together offer several net-new features, including DirectAccess and BranchCache, for more effective and cost… Read more