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

April, 2008

  • Get Office Communicator in Outlook

    Julian (the UC and Exchange guru in my team) send around a link to an add-in for Outlook that allows the tight integration of Office Communicator.  Now I can click to call or IM anyone really quickly from Outlook without having to open up the Office...
  • Live Maps switches to Multimap

    I spoke the the Live Product Manager the other day and he said this was coming, but I didn't realise how quickly! Just goes to show how easy it is to develop on Virtual Earth! This switch is only for the UK, Multimap has the biggest share of Map visitors...
  • Customer Satisfaction with Vista

    Every year we do customer satisfaction studies to see how the market feels about Microsoft and its products and services.  One of the things we ask them about is Windows Vista and there are some interesting results to take note of. When we asked...
  • Vista Power saving stats

    Andrew in my team forwarded an interesting article from Infoweek which has the following nuggets of information relating to the power savings of Vista.  For companies that are looking to be more "green" and environmentally conscious this...
  • Windows Server 2008 - Eight month free trial

    Just wanted to say hi to the partners I visited up in Scotland over the last few days.  Great conversations and fever pitch interest in our new products - good to see! Back to the post.... Great (old) news for our customers - but worth a mention...
  • Live Maps in the UK - normal service is resumed

    You'll be glad to hear that Live Maps UK is no longer redirecting Multimap - well done for all your feedback - we made a difference and changed their mind! Power to the people!
  • Vista and Office 2007 Technet Deployment - Why and How

    If you have a Microsoft licensing agreement * there are resources you already have to help explain why and how you can effectively deploy Windows Vista and Office 2007 in your organisation.  Following on from a successful event last year on this...
  • Windows Live Vision

    This mashup was forwarded to me today which maps on Virtual Earth all the recently updated Live Spaces pages.  Pretty nice example of how you can pull this information together.  In fact you could do something pretty similar with Popfly with...
  • Office Live Workspace

    Earlier this month we announced the release of Office Live Workspace, here are the important bullets: Public availability of Office Live Workspace beta at http://workspace.officelive.com with immediate access and no waitlist (English language version...
  • MDOP Training - Configuring and Supporting MDOP for Medium Sized Companies

    Summary This Microsoft® Desktop Optimization Pack training is a two-day course to provide an in-depth Instructor Led Training environment for IT professionals to become capable of successfully engaging mid-size organizations (50-500 pcs) in projects...
  • Essential Business Server videos

    Some of our MVPs have been busy making some quite amusing videos that help explain the different between our standalone server product and Small Business Server (SBS) and Essential Business Server (EBS) our new product for mid sized companies.  Hat...
  • EasyBCD 1.7.2 Released

    I noticed via the Neosmart blog that a new version of EasyBCD is available.  EasyBCD allows you to edit setup the boot options for Windows Vista (and other OS) very easily without having to modify any text files etc. Get the latest version here ...
  • Final Call for Office Live Business Technical Training

    Venue : Microsoft Chertsey Training Centre Dates : 22 nd and 23 rd April 2008 Course description : This free, 2-day session is designed to provide Microsoft Partners with support & information needed to bring your applications to the Small Business...
  • Server 2008 Hyper-V Training

    Date 27 th -28 th May 2008 Course Virtualisation – Implementation and Migrating to Hyper V Location Wokingham Start Time 10 am Current Agenda for the Course – Day 1 09:00     Introduction 09:15     Module...
  • Windows Server Compute Cluster used by Callaway

    I'm a keen golfer and have been following The Masters the last few days with a keen eye.  There's been some great golf out there and the course at Augusta looks stunning.  It was nice to see this blog post then, on the Windows Server team blog...
  • Silverlight in the enterprise

    By "enterprise" I of course mean "business".  Many partners have asked me over the past couple of months about best tactics to manage the deployment of Silverlight effectively within their businesses.  Tim Sneath has posted...
  • Infrastructure Planning and Design

    Are you evaluating server technologies in your quest toward a dynamic IT infrastructure? Use the Infrastructure Planning and Design Series guides to make the right decisions about planning infrastructure architecture. Planning the next generation of technical...
  • Vista bonuses for Partners

    The sales opportunity – Customers who purchased OEM XP and Vista in 2007 Where you have customers who have purchase new PCs with OEM XP or Vista in 2007, for a limited period, you can attach SA to these licences (The usual limit is 90 days after...
  • Puzzled by Microsoft Licensing? Get the essential knowledge you need!

    TechNet Event: An Introduction and Overview of Microsoft Licensing This session is aimed at providing IT professionals with a complete understanding of Microsoft’s Software Licensing. The course is not in-depth or technical, but will help you evaluate...
  • Vista Incentive for Partners

    We've just launched a great incentive for our partners to drive the conversations with their customers on the business value of Windows Vista.  Using the Windows Vista Business Value Assessment tool you can build a really good case for upgrading...
  • Make sure Vista can install future updates and service packs

    System Update Readiness Tool (KB947821) When SP1 came out some people experienced issues with installing it with problems like looping reboots.  This tool that was released Tuesday checks to make sure that your copy of Vista is susceptible to such...
  • How to build your own Operations Manager 2007 Management Packs

    It was only today that I was discussing with Andrew Driver - the expert on Management in our team - about the virtues of System Center Operations Manager and how as a software developer you can build you own management packs so that the IT department...
  • System Center Data Protection Manager - product of the year

    Well almost :)  System Center Data Protection Manager is up for the eWeek product of the year in the storage management category!  Not many people know about DPM, it's basically backup for all your Microsoft apps like Exchange, SQL Server etc...