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: Registered for the Office 2010 launch events? Go for it!

    See http://www.microsoft.com/business/2010events/ITProEvents.aspx or click the pic.
  • Blog Post: Security in Office 365 White Paper - now available for download

    Moving productivity services to the cloud requires a serious consideration of security and privacy issues and technologies. Office 365 is designed to deliver the enterprise-grade security you require to move to the cloud with confidence. Our data centers are designed, built, and managed using a defense...
  • Blog Post: Springboard Tour comes to Dallas 5/11 - register now!

    Slate Devices and the Windows Enterprise Slates are among the hottest consumer and enterprise devices today and consumerization of IT has driven lots of discussion and analysis about how and when to leverage these devices in the Enterprise. In this session we will detail Microsoft’s Strategy around Slate...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Lync for Mac 2011 14.0.1 Update

    This update resolves an issue for users of Mac OS X 10.7.2 (Lion) that causes Microsoft Lync for Mac 2011 to close unexpectedly when you sign in. This update also resolves an issue that prevents users from signing in to Office 365. This update is required for all users who use Lync for Mac 2011 with...
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 Security Guide – now available for download

    The 2007 Microsoft Office Security Guide provides prescriptive Group Policy setting and security configuration recommendations to help strengthen the security of computers running the 2007 Microsoft Office release on computers that run Windows Vista or Windows XP in domain–based environments. Go get...
  • Blog Post: How would you like a complimentary copy of Office Professional 2007?

    Unless you're still partying like it was 1999, you realize it's now the year 2007. A little bit has happened since 1999 and we've been busy producing great products. We're going to give away one of those products at the TechNet events... you might have heard of it... Microsoft® Office Professional 2007...
  • Blog Post: Have you seen the VHD repository lately?

    Using the power of virtualization, you can now quickly evaluate Microsoft and partner solutions through a series of pre-configured Virtual Hard Disks (VHDs). You can download the VHDs and evaluate them for free in your own environment without the need for dedicated servers or complex installations. Start...
  • 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: Here are some great UC demos – Roundtable and Laptop UC

    John Weston is the subject matter expert on our team for the Microsoft unified communications products.  He recently setup his camera at a meeting and captured some demos while talking to the audience.  If you haven't seen these products in action, be sure to watch both of the following videos...
  • Blog Post: Seattle wind storm - webcasts canceled

    FYI, there was a rather serious storm last night in the Pacific Northwest area of the US. As a result, many people are without power and that is having an impact on a variety of services. As I understand it, we won't be delivering the 10 webcasts that were scheduled for today. A lack of power has impacted...
  • Blog Post: The Ultimate Steal – returning August 20th

    Looks like a great deal goes back online this week.
  • Blog Post: Desktop Deployment Tools - one stop shopping

    Each week for the next couple of months, my team will demonstrate a variety of tools that make operating system and application deployment easier. The demos of course show off how to deploy Windows Vista and Office 2007. However, you can also use the new tools to deploy Windows XP and Office 2003 if...
  • Blog Post: Lync for Mac 2011 Released to Manufacturing

    See the blog post at http://blog.officeformac.com/lync-for-mac-2011-released-to-manufacturing for more information.  See http://www.microsoft.com/mac/enterprise/lync for the product marketing site.
  • Blog Post: Office for Mac 2011 hits RTM milestone !!!

        Houston, we have RTM! It’s a big Friday in MacBU as we are celebrating the “Release to Manufacturing” of Office for Mac 2011. This means we’ve signed off on final testing and the product is officially getting sent on its way to production and to customers. We’ll be cranking the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: MDT 2010 Update 1 for Office 2010 – released to the web

    Deploy Windows 7, Office 2010, and Windows Server 2008 R2 with the newly released Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Update 1 . MDT is the recommended process and toolset for automating desktop and server deployment. MDT provides you with the following benefits: Unified tools and processes, including...
  • Blog Post: OneNote Released for the iPad

    Today, just in time for the holidays, we’re releasing OneNote 1.3 for iOS. Since the launch of OneNote for iPhone nearly a year ago, a recurring request from our customers has been for a version that can be used more easily on the iPad's larger screen. We're happy to announce that today's new release...
  • Blog Post: Viva La Springboard - The Springboard Tour Dates and Cities Announced!!!

    May 2 – Toronto | May 4 – Detroit | May 6 – Chicago | May 9 – Indianapolis | May 11 – Dallas | May 13 - Columbus The Springboard Series Tour is back! This 6 city tour brings the top product teams from Microsoft to you. We understand the questions and issues that IT pros deal with every day. How do I...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista and Office 2007 free promotion

    Yes, you read that correctly. We have a viral promotion site that will ship you a free copy of Windows Vista Business and Microsoft Office Professional 2007 if you complete the requirements listed. As always, this promotion is limited by the number of copies available and there is a deadline. Looks...
  • Blog Post: The Impact of Groove on Your Network

    The Microsoft Office Groove 2007 client communication architecture is considered a hybrid because the Groove client can communicate directly to peers it discovers on the network, or it can use native network protocols and firewall-friendly ports to communicate through a Groove server. Client communication...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 Resource Kit Group Policy Book - now available

    This book contains information about how to use Group Policy to deploy and configure an installation of Microsoft Office 2010. The audience for this book includes IT generalists, IT operations, help desk and deployment staff, IT messaging administrators, consultants, and other IT professionals. The content...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 for Business Announced

    REDMOND, Wash. — Feb. 27, 2013 — Microsoft Corp. today announced worldwide availability of a major new update to its Microsoft Office 365 services for business. Microsoft’s most complete Office cloud service to date has new features and offerings tailored to the needs and budgets of small, medium-size...
  • Blog Post: The Office blog network expands

    The Office team has a blog network at http://blogs.office.com .  As you might expect, they post information on the various products in the Office family of products.  Today they added a couple of new blogs.  The Office Next blog and the Office News blog.  Add them to your favorites...
  • Blog Post: Ready for a new day?

    Yesterday is was 80 degrees at my house. Today it's a little different. We'll be in the single digit chill factors by this afternoon. That's a pretty big swing even by Texas standards. We call that a "Blue Norther". See http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0474 for the current mess. I'm ready for...
  • Blog Post: Office for Mac SP2 - now available for download

    Microsoft has released an update for Microsoft Office for Mac 2011. This update provides the latest fixes to Office for Mac 2011. Additionally, this update contains stability and reliability improvements. See the list of fixes @ http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2685940 . Go get the download @ http://www...