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February, 2008

  • Virtual Earth

    Loving this video.  It captures the essence of Virtual Earth and all you can do on this world leading platform.
  • Windows Server 2008 Security Guide

    The Windows Server 2008 Security Guide is now out - essential reading this.  Go download. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc264463.aspx
  • BigSnapSearch.com

    The Live Search team in the UK have come up with a cool promotion where you can win stuff by searching using Live Search - I've not won anything yet but I'm still trying! Check it out on on BigSnapSearch.com
  • WorldWide Telescope Video

    I'm off tomorrow to California for a few weeks of holiday and also off to Mix 08 in Vegas next week.  If you're in the Bay area or the valley and want to meet up for a coffee then drop me a note at james@microsoft.com . I'll be checking in with the...
  • Video demo of NAP + Forefront

    Spotted this little gem on the Enterprise Networking Group at Microsoft which shows off the combined power of Windows Server 2008's NAP (Network Access Protection) and Forefront Client Security - very nice!  Get more details here: http://blogs.technet...
  • Get to a Windows Server 2008 Launch Event

    Yesterday we launched Windows Server 2008 - congrats to the whole team!  Now you have the opportunity to find out all about it at a TechNet event at venues up and down the UK.  Here are the details: TechNet 2008 Launch Roadshow Following the...
  • Vista: less support required than XP

    Found an interesting quote from IT Pro today : For customers who do switch to Vista, there are fewer issues than with XP; fewer users are calling Microsoft or the OEMs for Vista support compared to the first 90 days of XP and the call volume is decreasing...
  • Vista makes deployment and management easier

    Today sees the launch of Windows Server 2008 and the campaign we're pushing out into market is one of turning IT guys and girls into heroes within their companies.  Don't get it? Imagine turning the perception of your IT department as a cost centre...
  • Free Live Meeting Licenses for Partners

    What is Live Meeting? Microsoft Office Live Meeting is a hosted Web conferencing service that connects and engages audiences in online meetings, training, and events through a reliable, enterprise-class hosted service. With meeting attendees participating...
  • Forefront for Exchange on SBS 2003

    I received a question today on whether you can run Forefront for Exhchange on SBS 2003.  Turns out it's tested: “Whilst Microsoft haven’t yet made any public statements about the Forefront server Products – we can confirm that Microsoft...
  • How to tell when a computing paradigm is on the mind of a lot of people

    When Dilbert covers it of course...  http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization http://www.dilbert.com/comics/dilbert/archive/dilbert-20080212.html
  • Will I get down to 0?

      Today was admin day. This morning I started with around 200 emails that needed actioning. With under an hour to go until the weekend I've promised myself to clear my inbox - I've never seen my inbox this empty it feels great! 
  • Still undecided about Vista?

    Microsoft Technical Fellow and desktop guru Mark Russinovich will be hosting an interactive virtual roundtable—broadcast LIVE over the Internet on Wednesday, March 5 th . The subject? Windows Vista adoption and deployment. On the panel with Mark...
  • System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Training

    Day 1: · Intro · System Center / Microsoft Management strategy System Center Configuration Manager: Overview & Deployment · Introduction · What’s new · Prerequisites · Typical Deployment · Deploying Site Systems...
  • System Center Operations Manager 2007 Training

    At the completion of this 2 day training, you will leave with knowledge, tools, and hands on experience to deploy and configure System Center products such as Operations Manager 2007 confidently and predictably. The content covered in the boot camp is...
  • Mix 08 Excel Timetable

    Long's just posted about the Mix timetable on the site which he says is way too confusing.  I can't confirm either way but still thought it was worth mentioning that he has published an Excel Spreadsheet version of the timetable for your download...
  • Windows Server 2008 Training

    Take advantage of these limited time Launch offers from the Microsoft Readiness Team: Windows Server 2008 Accelerated Learning Course - 6 Days Technical Training Windows Server 2008 Upgrade Skills & Certification. Academic, strategic and hands-on...
  • DreamSpark - Free software for students

    Bill Gates has just announced free developer, designer and server products for Students.  DreamSpark allows students to download Visual Studio, Expression, XNA Game Studio and Windows Server for free.  Here's the Channel 8 interview with Bill...
  • Virtual Earth at Realcomm

      Today I had the pleasure to talk at the Realcomm Europe conference in London.  Realcomm is the main conference for everyone in the property industry and talks about how you can apply technology in this particular industry.  Talking about...
  • Loving Palm's smartphone adverts

    Thanks to Jason for this .  Not many people realise all the extra servers/services/costs of running a Blackberry environment.  With Windows Mobile it's much easier (and cheaper). This great diagram from Palm's site is really fun:
  • Busting Vista Myths

    I'm at a Microsoft Partner office today where the team are talking to customers about Windows Vista.  There was a customer on the phone earlier who said he didn't want to upgrade to Vista because of the following myths: “I can’t manage...
  • Upgrade your 2003 MCSE to 2008

    Upgrade Your MCSA or MCSE on Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008 Certification (Worldwide) If you are currently an MCSA or MCSE on Windows Server 2003, you are eligible for a special opportunity to transfer your skills to Windows Server 2008 before...
  • Office Live Small Business Launches

    Microsoft Office Live Small Business is the award-winning, easy-to-use suite of Web-based software and services designed to help small businesses affordably take, promote and manage their businesses online. Used by nearly 600,000 customers worldwide,...
  • The Diskless PC and Vista Enterprise Centralised Desktop

    What's the beef here then?  Well in a nutshell Diskless PCs and Vista Enterprise Centralised Desktop open up new methods for IT departments to roll out and manage their desktop estate.  These new methods introduce different benefits so allow...
  • Sequencing applications in Microsoft SoftGrid

    The more partners I talk to the more they tell me that customers are showing hunger for information on our Application Virtualization technology aka Softgrid.  One of the common questions I'm hearing is how do you "sequence" which means...