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  • Blog Post: Steve Ballmer details Microsoft's Security Strategy

    Today in Munich, Germany, Steve Ballmer, our chief executive officer, and Mike Nash, corporate vice president of the Security Technology Unit, outlined Microsoft’s companywide strategy and product road map for helping secure the breadth of our customers from home PC users to businesses of all sizes....
  • Blog Post: Now available: SQL Server September 2005 Community Technology Preview

    SQL Server September 2005 Community Technology Preview (CTP) is the second version of SQL Server 2005 made available for general testing. The previous CTP was available only in English and Japanese. SQL Server 2005 September Community Technical Preview Developer Edition and Express Edition are each available...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the 2007 Microsoft Office System: Amplify the Impact of Your People, On It’s Showtime!

    This strategic briefing provides an overview of the new 2007 Microsoft Office system, an integrated system of programs, servers, and services. In particular, the session covers innovations in the client-side user interface and XML-based file formats, as well as investments in new SharePoint server-based...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Plus Subscription – New Pricing

    A TechNet Plus subscription is the must-have resource for IT professionals planning, implementing and supporting Microsoft solutions. Whether you are interested in trying out the latest Microsoft operating system, helping an end-user get their email up and running, or installing an update, TechNet Plus...
  • Blog Post: Boosting Data Transfer with TCP/IP Offload Engine (TOE) Technology

    In May we announced the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Scaleable Networking Pack that adds new architectural enhancements and application programming interfaces to support the next generation of network acceleration and hardware-based offload technologies (see Blog entry ) Dell now published a Whitepaper...
  • Blog Post: Now Launched Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2

    Small Business Server 2003 R2 was launched at our world wide partner conference. SBS 2003 R2 will be available for purchasing in August (English and German versions; additional languages will be available in following months.). It is offered in two editions: standard and premium. With the update...
  • Blog Post: March/April 2006 issue of TechNet Magazine now online

    This month’s issue includes feature articles on desktop deployment , systems management , and virtualization . There are also a number of exciting columns, including Blog Tales (on how Microsoft “does” blogging), Hey, Scripting Guy , Security Watch from Steve Riley, Raymond Chen’s Windows Confidential...
  • Blog Post: TechEd: IT Forum - Registration Now Open

    Microsoft Tech•Ed: IT Forum 2006 14 - 17 November, Barcelona, Spain As an IT professional, Tech•Ed: IT Forum will provide you with focused content-rich sessions to enhance your technology career and realize the best economic return on your IT assets. See the Web site for registration information...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 JDBC Driver 1.1 Community Technology Preview June 2006

    Download the Community Technology Preview (CTP) version of the SQL Server 2005 JDBC Driver 1.1, a Type 4 JDBC driver that provides database connectivity through the standard JDBC application program interfaces (APIs) available in J2EE (Java2 Enterprise Edition). http://www.microsoft.com/downloads...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Windows Platform Products Awarded Common Criteria EAL 4 Certification

    Several of our Windows Platform Products have received Common Criteria certification of 4+. Issued by the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP), CC certification is an international standard for ensuring that IT products conform to stringent security requirements. The following products...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Acquires Identity and Access Management Solutions Provider Alacris

    Microsoft Corp. today announced the acquisition of Alacris Inc., a global provider of certificate management and identity assurance software products. The acquisition enhances Microsoft’s strategy of providing easily administered identity and access management solutions. More Information: Press...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Server 2005 R2 now available as a free download

    Today we announced that Virtual Server 2005 R2 is now available as a free download . This policy applies to all users of Virtual Server 2005 R2, and will apply to the forthcoming service pack 1 of Virtual Server 2005 R2. Resource management has always been part of the operating system, and over the...
  • Blog Post: Release of New Product Based Solutions for SMS 2003 and MOM 2005

    In an effort to provide you with functionality that will be built into the next versions of MOM and SMS, we released the following ITIL-based Microsoft Operation Framework (MOF) solutions for SMS 2003 and MOM 2005. SMS 2003 Desired Configuration Monitoring : This solution helps enable you to easily...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Target Workloads for Windows Server “Longhorn” Itanium-based Systems

    The upcoming version of Microsoft Windows Server, code-named "Longhorn," designed for Intel Itanium-based servers, will be optimized for three workloads. One of the key aspects of the Windows Server vision is to simplify the administration and management of every Windows Server workload to increase...
  • Blog Post: Sony's DRM to be removed by Microsoft Anti-Spyware

    We haven been asked frequently whether our Anti-Spyware solution will detect and remove the Sony DRM-Rootkit. To make it short, yes we will. You will find the corresponding blog-entry by Jason Grams: http://blogs.technet.com/antimalware/archive/2005/11/12/414299.aspx
  • Blog Post: Announcing new European event concept for 2006 - Tech Ed: Developer and Tech Ed: IT Forum

    For a number of years we organized Tech Ed Europe (target audience 50% developers, 50% IT professionals) in the first week of July and Microsoft IT Forum (100% IT professionals) in the third week of November. In 2006 we will organize the following 2 technical events: Tech Ed: Developers (week...
  • Blog Post: SyncToy v1.0 for Windows XP now available

    SyncToy is a free PowerToy for Microsoft Windows XP. The beta program was launched in August 2005 and was also mentioned on this blog ( http://blogs.technet.com/chitpro/archive/2005/08/06/408757.aspx ). Now version 1.0 download is available for free. The SyncToy provides is an easy to use, highly...
  • Blog Post: Step into a New 2007 Office System Virtual Lab for Free!

    The Microsoft Office system has evolved from a suite of personal productivity products to a more comprehensive and integrated system. Building on the familiar tools that many people already know, the Microsoft Office system includes programs, servers, services, and solutions designed to work together...
  • Blog Post: Web Services Enhancements (WSE) 3.0 Beta for Microsoft .NET

    WSE 3.0 simplifies the development and deployment of secure Web services. It enables developers and administrators to apply security policies to Web services running on the .NET Framework 2.0. Using WSE, Web services communication can be signed and encrypted using Kerberos tickets, X.509 certificates...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 ready for download

    The next pre-release of the Internet Explorer 7 is available for download. Check this page to get an overview of the available versions and to download it. More information can be also be found on these pages: - About Internet Explorer 7 - Technology Overview - Internet Explorer Community...
  • Blog Post: New Internet Explorer (IE) 7 Beta 2 Preview

    On March 20 we have released a new IE 7 Beta 2 Preview. This build is for Windows XP Service Pack 2 and shows the current state of IE7. Download and evaluate the newest, layout-complete build of the Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Preview and explore the improvements in security, user interface, and development...
  • Blog Post: Acrylic - August 2005 CTP Preview

    "Acrylic" (code name) is the professional design program that brings together the richness of pixel-based painting and the performance of editable vector graphics for a more fluid and flexible creative workflow. Create sophisticated designs and graphic elements for your on-screen, web, and print projects...
  • Blog Post: Scorecards Provide a Foundation for Business Performance Management at Microsoft

    Learn about how Microsoft IT integrates Microsoft Office Business Scorecard Manager 2005 into its business performance management system, making IT performance information easy to find and deliver, clearly associated with supporting contextual data, and shared across the enterprise. Download
  • Blog Post: Introducing System Center Capacity Planner (SCCP) 2006 exclusively available via TechNet Plus Subscription

    SCCP 2006 employs state of the art modeling technology to bring unprecedented functionality and flexibility to performance analysis and planning of Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 and Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 deployments. SCCP provides you with guidance to plan an effective deployment, while...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft acquires Teleo Inc.

    Today we announced the acquisition of Teleo Inc., a provider of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) software and services that enable people to place phone calls from PCs to traditional phones while delivering this technology in unique ways through a variety of software and Web applications. Combining...