• MOM 2005: Parameters Explained

    I had the opportunity to attend the Microsoft Management Summit this past week in San Diego, CA and it was a GREAT event!! I was able to sit in on a number of sessions and the presentations and content was great but so too were the questions at the end of each of the presentations. I find it fascinating to hear how others are using a product that I work with. The one thing about the questions...
  • Hidden User Group benefits - do you know the power of being connected in a community?

    In case you didn't get it yet - I believe User Groups are integral to your IT support system and strengthens the local community / economy. I am big on supporting user groups any way I can. When I was in Winnipeg, I had the good fortune to meet Rodney Buike at the Winnipeg IT Pro UserGroup. Rodney is a Microsoft MVP for Windows Server and the publisher of http://thelazyadmin.com (Great Site!). He...
  • Windows Mobile 5 Device Emulator with AKU2 / MSFP images released!

    I have been promising an update on this to lots of people I have been in touch with since the TNX:Technet Exchange tour. The common question was “ Where can I get the device emulator to try Mobile 5 MSFP stuff without having to invest in a device? ”… It used to be that you had to get a copy of Visual Studio 2005 and then get the development kit for Mobile 5, but you still were missing...
  • Future of the Desktop Tour Lands in Vancouver and Soars

    Montreal was an amazing start to the Future of the Desktop Tour and Vancouver just kept the momentum going. We had just under 600 people show up to the event and it rocked!! The night before the tour we also had 90 people attend the Windows Vista Chalk Talk held in conjunction with the Vancouver IT Pro User Group ( http://www.vantug.org ) and that was awesome. At both events I spent some time talking...
  • Office 2007 and Vista Beta 2 Availability on TechNet Beta Central

    I have received a number of emails and comments from those that attended the Montreal stop of the Future of the Desktop Tour wondering about the availability of the Beta 2 bits for Office 2007 and Windows Vista. During the tour I mentioned that Beta 2 of both Windows Vista and Office 2007 was announced last Tuesday, May 23. However, both are not currently available for download. If you go to the...
  • Future of the Desktop User Group Tour Kicks off in Montreal

    As part of most of the tours we do across the country, we typically will have a session the night before the main event at a user group in the local city. In Montreal we held a session called Windows Vista Chalk Talk with the Montreal IT Pro User Group ( MITPRO ). For those of you that may not have attended a Chalk Talk type session, it is very interactive and very free form. We really don't have much...
  • Future of the Desktop Tour Registration is Now Open!!

    I'm really excited!! In three weeks Bruce Cowper and I will start touring the country for the Future of the Desktop Tour . The tour kicks off in Montreal with a special guest keynote and then criss-crosses the country to finish in Toronto on June 15. The Toronto event will also be streamed live to anyone who registers for the webcast. This means that though we may not be coming to your city on this...
  • Bloggers Needed for Future of the Desktop Tour

    The Future of the Desktop Tour gets under way this week with the first stop in Montreal on Thursday. The response has been unbelievable!! Looks like IT pros out across Canada are interested in seeing what Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office System have to offer and how to deploy it. Bruce and I look forward to seeing and meeting many of you as the tour crosses the country. One thing that...
  • What a way to kick off the Future of the Desktop Tour!!

    I REALLY love coming to Montreal. Having lived in Ottawa and frequently visited Montreal for both personal and business reasons over the years before I moved to Toronto, the city never looses its appeal. It has great people, great food, and we always have a great time. For these reasons I am really happy that we decided to kick off the Future of the Desktop Tour in Montreal. The response to this...
  • Speaking of Virtualization - Service Pack 1 Beta opened on Friday April 28th

    This slipped past my RSS reader until the weekend (I had a busy Friday). Service Pack 1 for Virtual Server 2005 R2 is in Beta right now. Why should you care? The big thing for me is Intel Virtualization support with a single checkbox … A friend of mine from the UK who now works in Redmond as a Program Manager for Virtualization posted some good details on his blog . At first, Beta 1 will...