Keith Combs' Blahg

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  • Blog Post: The Glass is 10% Full

    Do you ever look to the past to see what the future holds? You should. I cut my computer teeth long before most people. My computer heritage goes back to my diapers. Dear Dad was a career IBMer and I was playing with IBM Selectric typewriters and dictaphones long before most people had ever seen Lotus...
  • Blog Post: Anyone notice who wrote the April TechNet Magazine cover story?

    For those of you that get TechNet Magazine , you may have noticed the April cover story was written by none other than Matt “ Mongo ” Hester.  The article is of course about Internet Explorer 8 , and as usual Matt did a great job of describing many of the improvements that have been made to our...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 8 Release Candidate 1 – now available for download

    Peace of Mind Stay more secure and browse with confidence Privacy With industry-leading security features like InPrivate, you can browse and shop confidently using Internet Explorer 8, wherever you go on the web, knowing you have control over the protection of your personal information. ...
  • Blog Post: Get your Daylight Savings Time (DST) answers real time

    Join members of the daylight saving time team who will be online to chat with you about your specific questions February 24 - March 13: 06:00 A.M. – 06:00 P.M. Pacific Time. Join the chatroom at: http://www.microsoft.com/businesssolutions/chatroom.aspx . I logged in a little while ago and it appears...
  • Blog Post: IE9 Beta now available for download

    There are over a billion Windows® customers in the world today. Most of them spend more time browsing the web than any other activity on their computer. We build Windows Internet Explorer® for these customers. Our focus is on making sure that the number one activity that customers do is as compelling...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 8 Admin Kit (IEAK) - now available for download

    Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK) 8 Beta programs and tools make it easy for you to deploy Internet Explorer 8 and manage custom browser software packages. Here is a quick overview of the tools included: IEAK Toolkit. The IEAK Toolkit contains helpful tools, programs, and sample files, such...
  • Blog Post: Can your data center handle a hurricane? Ours can

    Usually we discuss hurricane or typhoon force winds in the warm tropical climates of the world. Well, unless you haven't been paying attention, Seattle and surrounding areas got hammered about 24 hours ago and a lot of essential services are still being affected. People got killed and the area will take...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 downloads

    Internet Explorer 8 is the latest version of the familiar web browser you are most comfortable using, helping you get everything you want from the web faster, easier, more privately and securely than ever before. Vista and Windows Server 2008 x86 download - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 8 screencasts – Faster, More Secure, More Reliable

    Matt Hester has done it again.  He has produced some nice screencasts that discuss and demonstrate the improvements being made to the Internet Explorer 8 Beta.  Like many of you, I am particularly interested in the new privacy technologies (InPrivate™) going into the product.  Here are...
  • Blog Post: IE 10 Release Preview Now Available for Windows 7

    In Windows 8, we reimagined the browser with IE10. We designed and built IE10 to be the best way to experience the Web on Windows. With the IE10 Release Preview for Windows 7 consumers can now enjoy a fast and fluid Web with the updated IE10 engine on their Windows 7 devices. The release preview of IE10...
  • Blog Post: Interop Road Show – Texas events this week

    Don’t forget we just started the Microsoft Interop Road Show and there are events in Dallas and Houston this week. The event in Dallas is actually at our office in Las Colinas, Texas (also known as Irving). Confused? Don’t be. See all of the information at http://www.technetevents.com/interop/index.htm...
  • Blog Post: The Windows Vista Product Guide was here...

    Every so often, something really kewl comes along that you just have to have. The Windows Vista Product Guide is one of those objects of affection. It’s a comprehensive look at the Windows Vista product line and explains the features, the differences between the product versions, screen shots,...
  • Blog Post: Watching the TechED 2006 action poolside

    Get your frozen margarita, dual core laptop and favorite rubber ducky and head to the pool. Might as well since this year you’ll be able to watch and listen to the festivities on the http://VirtualTechEd.com website. It’ll be interesting to see how much of the show, seminars and “social”...
  • Blog Post: How would you solve this security problem?

    Steve Riley sent me an email message about a post on his blog. He needs feedback from all of you on how to solve a challenging problem. The challenge revolves around using public computers or kiosks to access your corporate data. If we all used smartcards, and all machines had smartcard readers, then...
  • Blog Post: Closing the books on Fiscal Year 2007

    First of all, I want to say thank you personally and on the behalf of my company!!! Microsoft appreciates your business and the opportunity to help you solve problems, make money and have fun. FY07 has been a blast for me. Let's rewind a bit and see what happened. Back in July of 2006, the beginning...
  • Blog Post: Firefox Loves Silverlight

    One of the questions I get asked all of the time when I demo something in IE is, "Will this work in Firefox ?" It's a really good question especially when using technologies like OWA, web access to admin tools, etc. Recently we shipped a new set of visualization technologies on Silverlight. Matt Hester...
  • Blog Post: It's back !!! - The Book of Windows Vista - download now

    As you’ll recall, I posted a preliminary version of the Windows Vista Product Guide (also known as “The Book of Windows Vista”) a few weeks ago. It was in .xps form and initial feedback was very good. However, in order to view and print the must have information, you needed to install...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 8 RC1 Admin Kit (IEAK) – now available for download

    The Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK) 8 Release Candidate 1 (RC1) simplifies the creation, deployment and management of customized Internet Explorer 8 packages. IEAK 8 can be used to configure the out-of-box Internet Explorer 8 experience or to manage user settings after Internet Explorer 8...
  • Blog Post: Blitzkrieg of security offerings coming. Confused?

    Most people are probably familiar with the military term, Blitzkrieg . According to Wikipedia, it means “lightning war”. Of course I’m not talking about previous military wars but instead I am referring to the war against viruses, worms and other malicious exploits in the various operating...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Roundtable - IE Migrate and Compat replay now available

    If you have downloaded or plan to download Internet Explorer 9 Beta , make sure to visit the new Internet Explorer 9 Beta spotlight in the right rail of the Windows 7 TechCenter for an overview of the Beta, an FAQ, a video demonstration, and other resources created specifically for IT professionals....
  • Blog Post: Springboard Virtual Roundtable – Migrating from IE6 on XP to Windows 7 and IE8

    Deploying Windows® 7, but still running Web applications based on Internet Explorer 6? Join us live at 9:00 AM Pacific Time on Thursday, September 30, 2010 for a virtual, interactive roundtable discussion on migration strategies, standards, and support for organizations moving from Internet Explorer...
  • Blog Post: Got a phat internet connection? Download Windows Vista Beta 2 now!!!

    So I missed the date by a few hours, but you can help us bring the internet to it’s knees by downloading Windows Vista Beta 2 today!!! Ok, depending on your connection, maybe not today but hopefully shortly there after. After the download is complete burn the .iso image to DVD and you’ll...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 7 Rocks !!!

    If you haven’t bothered to install Internet Explorer (IE) 7 Beta 2, then please bother. I’ve been using it for a few days now and have yet to crash it, it works with all of my favorite sites and I like the speed. This is of course a beta and therefore it isn’t the final released and...
  • Blog Post: Podcasting is now available from blogs.technet.com

    Over the next few weeks, you’ll start to see more and more audio (podcasts) and video (screencasts) originate from http://blogs.technet.com . You may have noticed in the past couple of weeks we upgraded the website. One of the new features that was implemented is podcast support. We don’t actually store...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Beta 2 download registration

    Well I got all excited… I was poking around on the MSDN developer site and noticed they have this enticing link to become a member of the Windows Vista Beta program called the Windows Vista Beta Experience . The link takes you to a site where you can pick your country. Of course I looked for the...