West Region News for Education

West Region News for Higher Education and K12 Institutions

West Region News for Education

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    Check out our new location at http://blogs.technet.com/education/
  • Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Availability & KMS Updates

    I wanted to give you an update on the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 release timelines. The following dates are 99% firm, but please remember the Windows product teams always reserve the right to make last minute changes. Finally, the prescriptive...
  • Bing Content Filtering

    Hopefully, by now you have checked out Microsoft’s new web search/decision engine, Bing.com .  In short, Bing is a decision engine that goes beyond what people have come to think of as search — it will help people use the Web to accomplish more complicated...
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 Arrive October 22, 2009

    Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM (Release to Manufacture) code is on track to be available to Microsoft partners sometime in the 2 nd half of July. Windows Server 2008 R2 will also be broadly available about the same time as the Windows 7 “General Availability...
  • Check Out Bing!

    Microsoft has just released a great new search service called Bing. Here’s some cool things you can try : BETTER RESULTS Get hard to find information, like customer service numbers, with authoritative results. Save time with a 5 day weather forecast for...
  • Free eBook “Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008���

    Right now is the perfect time to begin to enhance your skills on business intelligence with Microsoft Business Intelligence technology by checking out the new training resources, including an offer for a free licensed copy of SQL Server 2008 with training...
  • Microsoft Partner Resources

    There is significant momentum behind IT infrastructure and application platform Optimization that Microsoft partners often evangelize to help institutions be successful in their administration and deployment challenges.  To support this effort Microsoft...
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 RC Releases!

    Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 will be the next version of the Windows Server operating system from Microsoft. Building on the features and capabilities of the current Windows Server 2008 release version, Windows Server 2008 R2 allows you to create...
  • 2007 Microsoft Office Suite Service Pack 2 Released

    The 2007 Microsoft Office Suite Service Pack 2 (SP2) provides customers with the latest updates to the 2007 Office suite. Today’s download includes two types of fixes: Previously unreleased fixes that were made specifically for this service pack. All...
  • Forefront Security for Office Communications Server RTM Available

    I just received this update from the Forefront Security Blog . Forefront Security for Office Communication Server ( FSOCS ) provides fast and effective protection against IM-based malware for OCS 2007 and OCS 2007 R2 environments by including multiple...
  • Higher Education Technical Conference – Registration Open

    Each year we host IT Pros from universities all around the country (and the world) in Redmond for a three day conference.  This is organized by a committee from the Windows Higher Education (HIED) listsrv hosted by Stanford University and has a focus...
  • Service Pack Blocker Tool Expires

    I know of some institutions have implemented the Windows XP SP3 Windows Update “Service Pack Blocker Tool”. This tool was meant to delay the automatic Windows Update distribution of Windows XP Service Pack 3 for a one year period.  I just want to...
  • Higher Education Symposium: April 7th, Irvine, California

    This is an announcement for Higher Education Administrators and Managers in the West Region of the United States. At Microsoft, we believe that, by taking a proactive approach, you can not only sustain your institution through these trying times, but...
  • Cloud Computing: The Best of Both Worlds

    Anthony Salcito, Microsoft’s general manager for U.S. public-sector education, said during his appearance at the Educause Conference in Orlando, Florida, “We want people to have the best of both worlds,” he continued, “Flexibility...
  • Northwest Training Opportunities

    In the coming weeks there are some great training opportunities. Netdesk, one of the Northwest's leading Microsoft technical training companies, is reviving their FIRST LOOK events . Your staff get a first look at new technologies from one of their top...
  • Vista Praised as Ideal Solution

    Panelists praised Vista performance in Redmond Magazine’s coverage of Microsoft’s Springboard virtual roundtable earlier this month. The panel consisting of IT professionals who had actually carried out system upgrades, concluded that Service...
  • Higher Education Business Intelligence Panel and Summit

    Microsoft is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Microsoft BI Conference 2008 from October 6 – 8, 2008 at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in downtown Seattle, Washington. The Microsoft Higher Education Team is organizing a Higher...
  • Tech Talk Tuesdays

    Microsoft's U.S. Education team is hosting a series of technical discussions scheduled through the remainder of the calendar year. The structure of each webcast is to have an introduction followed by a 100-200 level overview. The final half hour or so...
  • Internet Explorer 8 Site Compatibility

    Consistent with our efforts to promote further interoperability across the Web, Microsoft will be releasing Internet Explorer 8 to render content in its most standards-compliant way by default. Giving top priority to Web standards interoperability allows...
  • SharePoint Server 2007 Internal Buzz Kit

    The SharePoint Server 2007 Internal Buzz Kit includes everything you need to run an internal communication campaign for your SharePoint Server 2007 launch. A lot of the material is intended for a company announcing a SharePoint deployment; however, much...
  • Producer for PowerPoint 2007 Beta Available

    Microsoft is pleased to announce that the beta version of Producer for PowerPoint 2007 is now available to customers on Microsoft’s Connect site! Microsoft is releasing this add-in because of the vocal requests we’ve been getting from customers...
  • Exchange Labs Added to Live@edu Services

    Microsoft just added no-cost Microsoft Exchange Labs e-mail for students and alumni to its Live@edu online communication and collaboration applications tailored for educational institutions. Live@edu with Exchange Labs gives students and alumni...
  • Enterprise Learning Framework Tool

    The Enterprise Learning Framework (ELF) is a tool that helps institutions develop a training and communication plan for employees during Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system deployment. The tool identifies the most relevant learning topics...
  • Early Bird offer for Tech-Ed North America 2008 has been extended!

    Sign up for Tech-Ed North America 2008 by April 18, and you'll save $200 off your registration fee. Tech-Ed North America 2008 is your opportunity to learn about the latest tools and technologies from the Microsoft experts and industry leaders who...
  • Blueprint for Education Architecture

    A common customer request is for a tool to help guide network designers with their implementation strategies. Network Managers want to see a blueprint for ALL devices and software – both operating system and application layers. That type of help from...