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Windows

Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008

The Windows AIK is designed to help corporate IT professionals customize and deploy the Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 family of operating systems.

GPOAccelerator

The GPOAccelerator creates all the Group Policy objects needed to deploy recommended security settings for your environment.

Microsoft Update

Visit Microsoft Update for the latest updates to Windows, Office, and other Microsoft applications. Also, learn how to have automatic security updates delivered to your computer.

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Office and home applications

Free templates

Download Free Templates for All Your Needs

Templates make it easy to create resumes, newsletters, forms, faxes, you name it.

Office Live Workspace Update for Windows Vista

Download Office Live Workspace Update to ensure optimal performance on Windows Vista when you use Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint with Office Live Workspace.

Office Communications Server 2007 Software Update Service

Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 Software Update Service provides an automated way to update all unified communications devices deployed in an organization.

Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 Presence Controls

The Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 Presence Controls use the automation interfaces of Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 to show presence information using Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007.

Windows Live ID Delegated Authentication SDK 1.0

The Windows Live ID Delegated Authentication SDK provides a platform-neutral way to access users' information from Windows Live services while they remain in firm control of their own data.

Office Update

Scan your computer for updates that help improve the stability and security of the Office programs on your computer.

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Microsoft drivers and mobile devices

Download drivers and updates

Download Drivers and Updates

Visit the TechNet Devices and Drivers page for links to drivers from Microsoft and other companies, as well as resources for software developers.

Microsoft .NET Micro Framework SDK v2.5

Download the .NET Micro Framework SDK to develop for embedded devices using Visual Studio, C#, and .NET technology.

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Server applications

Microsoft Forefront

Free Trials of Microsoft Forefront Security Products for Business

Forefront makes it easier to defend your servers, clients, and network edge. Download a trial today.

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SDK

This SDK contains conceptual overviews, programming tasks, samples, and references to guide you in developing solutions based on Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0.

SharePoint Server 2007 SDK

This SDK contains conceptual overviews, "How Do I.?" programming tasks, developer tools, code samples, references, and an Enterprise Content Management starter kit to guide you in developing solutions based on Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.

Operations Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 Upgrade Package

System Center Operations Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 helps you increase efficiency while enabling greater control of your IT environment.

Readme File for SQL Server 2008 CTP

Before you install a CTP of SQL Server 2008, review the readme file.

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System management tools

Windows Vista test drive

Test Drive Windows Vista for Your Company Today

No installation required. Try Windows Vista in your browser, then learn how to deploy it in your company.

SQL Server 2000/2005 Management Pack

This management pack monitors Microsoft SQL Server 2000 and SQL Server 2005.

Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator

This solution accelerator makes it easy to assess your current IT infrastructure for a variety of technology migration projects.

Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008

The Windows AIK is designed to help corporate IT professionals customize and deploy the Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 family of operating systems.

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