Mark your calendar: Watch the MMS keynotes on the web

Next week on Tuesday and Wednesday be sure to visit the Microsoft News Center to view the Microsoft Management Summit executive keynotes live on the web!  Don’t miss this opportunity to see our top executives discuss the latest IT Management news, strategies, and solutions from Microsoft, and how to apply them in your organization. ·        … 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

Improving Online Customer Experience with Microsoft Partner Website Widget

I am pleased to introduce a new set of interactive web tools designed specifically for our infrastructure partners. The Partner Website Widgets help improve online customer experience on our partner websites. They communicate a core set of business value related to services that our partners deliver with Microsoft technologies. How do they work? These tools… Read more

NuStar Energy: IT for growth

Yesterday the marketing team published a case study about NuStar Energy, a crude-oil transportation and storage company that has grown rapidly through acquisitions and recently joined the Fortune 500.  NuStar relies on Windows Server, System Center and Forefront solutions to integrate new people and systems in days.  Their IT department can respond to new business… Read more

Microsoft Partnership with RSA for Information Protection

Hi all – I’m David Hastie, senior product manager in the Identity and Security Business Group here at Microsoft.  I wanted to flag an announcement Microsoft made today in the area of information protection and data loss prevention.  It involves Rights Management Services in Windows Server 2008.    In short, Microsoft and EMC’s security division,… Read more

SBS 2008: Released to Manufacturing!

Excerpt from the post on the SBS blog by group program manager Dean Paron: On behalf of the SBS team, I am extremely pleased to announce that Windows Small Business Server 2008 software has been finalized!  Today both SBS Standard and Premium are being released to manufacturing, which means we begin the process of finalizing international versions,… Read more

SBS and EBS @ WPC

Lots of activities around the upcoming Small Business Server 2008 and Essential Business Server 2008 here in Houston at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference.  On top of the many keynotes, sessions and demonstrations to help partners prepare for the Essential Server Solutions, we're announcing November 12 as the launch date for both products.  For real-time updates… Read more

SBS and EBS videos on Technet Edge

There are new demonstration videos of the upcoming Small Business Server 2008 and Essential Business Server 2008 on TechNet Edge. Program manager Bjorn Levidow provides an overview of EBS management, including remote administration, add-in management and license tracking.  Becky Ochs, program manager for SBS, shows setup of SBS 2008, including the new Answer File tool…. Read more

Windows Essential Server Solutions go public

Good news. Today we opened up the Public Preview for Windows Essential Server Solutions – Small Business Server 2008 and Essential Business Server 2008.  Visit here to find out how to download and evaluate the Release Candidate 0 versions of both.  EBS is available now, SBS will be up within a few weeks – but… Read more

Essential Server Solutions at SMB Summit

Greetings from Dallas at the SMB Summit, where 400+ channel partners are gearing up for Windows Essential Server Solutions.  Small Business Server 2008 is the topic du jour, tomorrow is all about Essential Business Server 2008 for midsized companies.  The Microsoft team is here in force, providing technical sessions, hands on labs (powered by HP hardware), and… Read more