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  • Blog Post: NZ Community SharePoint Conference 2009

    The first ever SharePoint Conference to be held in New Zealand is open for registrations. This will be the New Zealand conference to learn about SharePoint 2007 with expert local and international speakers presenting on topics that will help you understand and succeed with your SharePoint implementations...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Release Candidate Update

    As per the Windows Team Blog , the RC is on track for April 30th for  download by MSDN and TechNet subscribers. Broader, public availability will begin on May 5th – these are the US dates, so for NZ expect May 1 for MSDN/TechNet downloads and May 6 for broad availability. Short and sweet.
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2010 Public Beta

    Exchange 2010 is part of the next wave of Microsoft Office-related products and is the first server in a new generation of Microsoft server technology built from the ground up to work on-premises and as an online service. This release of Exchange 2010 introduces a new integrated e-mail archive and features...
  • Blog Post: Your Imagine Cup 2009 National Finals Invitation

    You are invited to see the top teams compete in the Imagine Cup Finals in Auckland! Imagine Cup is a competition which encourages students to use technology to transform great ideas into real world solutions every year. Student teams from around New Zealand have come up with solutions to the world’s...
  • Blog Post: App-V 4.5 RTM

    Microsoft SoftGrid® Application Virtualization Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) version 4.5 has been released to manufacturing. Formerly known as SoftGrid, App-V 4.5 is the first Microsoft-branded release of the product. It includes new capabilities designed to help IT support large...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 8 – Out Now

    Internet Explorer 8 was made available for download on March 18. There are two key reasons why you should care. First - It’s a great browser and is easier to use, faster and offers leading-edge security features in direct response to people’s increasing concerns about online safety. Security...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 RC – Available Now & Packed Full of Features

    The Release Candidate (RC) of the highly anticipated Windows 7 operating system is now available for download to MSDN and TechNet subscribers here . As per my last post , broader public availability will begin May 6 (NZ time) on the Microsoft Download Center here . The RC milestone is a result of...
  • Blog Post: Outlook 2007 – February Cumulative Update Now Available

    The February Cumulative Update for Outlook 2007 has been released – it contains a significant number of new performance-focused improvements.  The Outlook team say they especially focused on the areas of starting up and shutting down Outlook, switching between folders with large numbers of messages...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Hyper-V Server RTM's.......But isn't it out already??

    Microsoft Hyper-V Server has RTM'd and is available at the link below.  That link also provides all the information you'll ever need on the topic, as well as when to use what version etc. But, just to clear up any questions like "I thought Hyper-V was already released?" You're right, it...
  • Blog Post: TechEd NZ 2011 Session Levels

    Most of this post has been shamelessly stolen from Mike Zeff’s blog …….most of which was shamelessly stolen from somewhere else…..so I don’t feel too bad…. TechEd New Zealand 2011 will run from Wednesday 24th August until Friday 26th August, once again at SkyCity Convention Centre, Auckland. The list...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM Timeframes

    At TechEd 2009 in the US today, we announced that we expect Windows 7 to RTM in time for the holiday shopping season.  (RTM = Release To Manufacturing) According to the Windows Team Blog - “If the telemetry we receive from the Windows 7 RC meets our expectations in terms of quality, then we expect...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program

    Today marks the official start of the Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program. You can get ready for Windows 7 now with the Windows Upgrade Option through participating retailers and PC manufacturers. The Windows 7 Upgrade Option is available through participating PC manufacturers on selected PCs and through...
  • Blog Post: Tech Ed 09 – Registrations Now Open

    Registrations for Microsoft Tech Ed 09 are now open at www.microsoft.co.nz/teched This year’s event is shaping up to be the best one yet and will feature a great line-up of speakers from New Zealand and around the world. Tech Ed 09 will be held from Monday 14 September to Wednesday 16 September at SKYCITY...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Release Candidate Customer Preview – Available Now

    If you didn’t have access to TechNet or MSDN and couldn’t download the Windows 7 RC, you can now.  The Windows 7 RC Customer Preview Program is now open. You can access it here . This is the really fun part of the testing process: you help by simply using the RC.  When you do, your PC will...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Server 2010 Preliminary System Requirements

    The guys over on the Microsoft SharePoint Team Blog have announced the preliminary system requirements for SharePoint Server 2010. Read their full post here , but in summary: “We’ve heard loud and clear that you want system requirements information as early as possible to assist in your budgeting and...
  • Blog Post: Tech Ed 2009 – Register & Win!

    Sign up for Tech Ed before 31 July and be in to win! Don’t miss out on the IT Industry’s best technical training.  As you probably already know Tech Ed is New Zealand’s biggest (and we think best) technical training event for IT pros & developers.  Planning is well underway for Tech Ed...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Beta Out Now.....

    Ready to see for yourself what Windows 7 has to offer? The wait is over.......on Jan 9 the Beta was made available for download via microsoft.com ( here ) - be quick it's for a limited time and limited to the first 2.5 million downloaders. Whilst Windows 7 is full of lots of new features, it still...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 The Movie – Sign Up for the Technical Preview

    Check out www.office2010themovie.com From there, you can sign up for the Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview  - a limited, invitation only program which will provide you with the opportunity to experience early, pre-release versions of Office 2010 which will include the following applications...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 SP1 Now Available

    Service Pack 1 for SQL Server 2008 is now available for download here and is primarily a roll-up of previous cumulative updates, quick fix engineering updates and minor fixes made in response to requests reported through the SQL Server community. While there are no new features in this service pack,...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 RTM Availability - Dates

    As posted at Windows Team Blog , the dates Windows 7 RTM will be available for download have been announced. For Partners & OEMs: ISV (Independent software vendor) and IHV (Independent hardware vendor) Partners will be able to download Windows 7 RTM from Microsoft Connect or MSDN on August 6th ....
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 SP2 – Download Now

    The 2007 Microsoft Office Suite Service Pack 2 (SP2) is available now and provides customers with the latest updates to the 2007 Office suite.  This download includes two types of fixes: Previously unreleased fixes that were made specifically for this service pack. In addition to general product...
  • Blog Post: Future Proofed: Find Out How to Buy Office 2007 Today & Get Office 2010 When Available

    Buy Office 2007 today and download Office 2010 when available* Buy and activate a qualifying Office 2007 product (with or without a new PC) from a participating reseller between March 5 and September 30, 2010. Then download Office 2010 by October 31, 2010, or have a disc sent to you for a fee 2 . Either...
  • Blog Post: More Bing for your Buck

    Why do you search? To find information. What do you do with the information you find? Make decisions. So, why only use a search engine? You need a decision engine. Enter Bing . Microsoft’s Bing is a new Decision Engine providing you with a first step in moving beyond search to help make faster...
  • Blog Post: NXE: New Xbox Experience

    The NXE for Xbox 360 is here!  It will automatically download like any other system update would * .....but, your dashboard is going to look a whole lot different when it's finished!  * Assuming of course you have your console connected to the Internet The new experience revolutionised my Xbox...
  • Blog Post: MOSS + PerformancePoint = BI to the masses

    The latest news around SharePoint and PerformancePoint is great news for anyone who owns, or is considering, SharePoint.  Based on customer feedback, the scorecard, dashboard and analytical capabilities from Office PerformancePoint Server are being consolidated into Microsoft Office SharePoint Server...