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James Senior at Microsoft: Like a kid in a candy store

March, 2008

  • Windows Vista - still undecided?

    Springboard Series- Still Undecided About Windows Vista? Microsoft Technical Fellow and IT guru Mark Russinovich hosts a panel of top independent industry experts to drive an open discussion around Windows Vista adoption and deployment, and demystify...
  • News from the MCSE team

    Please let your customers and partners about these two upcoming Live Meetings on certification, below. As always, everyone can find recordings of past meetings here , and MCPs can download transcribed versions of the PPTs from the MCP site (log-in required...
  • Some Softgrid Gems

    I thought I would share a couple of gems from the superb Virtual World blog : MDOP ROI Calculator - show what the business benefit of Application Virtualization will be: Get the tool here: https://roianalyst.alinean.com/microsoft/mdop/ Softgrid Visio...
  • Answering questions about Windows Server 2008

    Last week I presented at an event on Windows Server 2008 down in Exeter.  Despite my jetlag the event went very well and the dialogue with the audience was great with lots of good questions.  Here are some of them: Which applications are going...
  • Comparing Windows to Linux

    I came across these new comparison webcasts and podcasts that take a look at the same roles on Windows and Linux and what the main differences are.  Worth taking a peek if you are considering linux as an alternative operating system. Windows UAC...
  • Office Live Small Business Technical Training

    Registration has just opened for a 2-day Office Live Small Business technical training course on the 22 nd & 23 rd   April in Chertsey. There is no charge for this training. We currently only have this one date scheduled; depending on demand...
  • Windows Server 2008 Videos

    The Technet team have recently released these great videos on all aspects of Windows Server 2008 - check them out: Ø Windows Server 2008 Deployment Overview - Michael Niehaus, Tim Mintner Ø The 10 Most Important Things About Failover Clustering...
  • Software + Services announcements

    Over the past month we've been making some announcements about Microsoft Online Services which is our first foray into the world of online service-based software.  This is somewhat old news but worth reiterating the main points here: Microsoft Online...
  • Get Ready for Small Business Server 2008

    Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2008 (formerly Windows Server Code Name "Cougar"), the latest version of the award-winning, integrated server solution, is coming in the second half of 2008. The enhanced platform--part of the new Windows...
  • Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2008

    Microsoft last week made available its set of IT deployment tools and practices called Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2008. The solution is designed to help IT personnel install Microsoft operating systems and solutions across servers. It helps IT...
  • Selling Virtualisation to the Technical Decision Maker

    This is one for Microsoft Partners: Learn how to present a compelling virtualization story to technology decision makers (TDM)—and create momentum behind new sales opportunities. Attend our March 25 webcast about the expanded role for virtualization...
  • Microsoft adCenter Community

    Mel just emailed to tell me about the new Microsoft adCenter Community they have launched here: http://www.adcentercommunity.com/ It's well worth a look if you want help or have a question for the experts on adCenter!  Interesting to see the momentum...
  • MDOP to get bigger; more value included

    The Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) continues to expand with the news about the intended acquisition of Kidaro .  Whenever I talk about MDOP one of the key points I stress is its subscription based nature which means that as long as you...
  • Virtual Earth Technical Webcast

    My colleague Johannes Kebeck who is the EMEA Virtual Earth technical supremo is presenting a technical session online covering off Virtual Earth in May.  Having seen Johannes present before I can assure you this will be one event that you won't want...
  • System Center Mobile Device Manager

    Today I talked to customers about System Center and using it to reach an state of IT nirvana using Infrastructure Optimisation . One of the management tools I didn't cover was Mobile Device Manager with which you can manage your mobile devices within...
  • Windows Vista SP1 Available

    Windows Vista SP1 is now downloadable via Windows Update.  Get the full story from Nick on the Vista Team Blog .
  • Making IT Work for you

    I maintain that small businesses have the biggest opportunity in the shortest amount of time to leapfrog their competition by using Small Business Server and get IT on their side.  I frequently talk to customers about Infrastructure Optimisation...
  • Partner Training on Implementing and Migrating to Hyper-V

    Currently there are three dates available for your Partners to sign up to – 10th/11th April 2008 - London 28 th /29 th April 2008 - London 6 th /7 th May 2008 - Wokingham Current Agenda for the Coures – Day 1 09:00    ...
  • I'm Back

    I'm back! Well, nearly.  I couldn't resist a pre flight blog post (that's my plane above) to get me back in the swing of things when I touch down in the UK in about 10 hours.  My business trip/holiday has been great.  I've been staying...
  • More details on Mesh are emerging

    Hat's off to the detective work the Live Side guys are doing to get to the bottom of Ray Ozzie's hinting at what is being dubbed "Mesh" network.  Catch all the details here: A killer app on the Horizon- - Live Mesh and the future of synchronized...
  • Vista After Hours video released

    Looks like the video that we showed at last year's Vista After Hours events got released.  They've changed some of the captions but the essence is still there. Enjoy and remember - "it's your digital life, go live it!" :-)
  • Grand Canyon and Deep Zoom

    One of the technologies announced at Mix 08 this year was Deep Zoom as part of Silverlight 2.  It allows you to zoom into incredible amounts of detail in high resolution photos and cleverly only brings back the amount of data you need based on your...
  • Web Harmony - where designers and developers kiss and make up

    I had the pleasure to visit the set of a filming session for a Microsoft advert last month - even got a bit of behind the scene filming done on the making of the advert!  Anyway this week the advert got published and I think the end result is pretty...
  • In Vegas for Mix

    It's quite a place Vegas.  I'm here for the next few days for our Mix 08 conference.  Looks like there's some early speculation on one of the announcements - support for Silverlight on Nokia devices . If you want to meet up, text me on +44 7970...