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  • Blog Post: Quick Reminder – Windows 7 RC expiration looms

    Effective February 15, 2010 , the expiration notification process begins: Windows 7 RC users receive an expiration notification in the task bar one time per day. Windows 7 RC users are presented with the Notification Wizard one time every four hours and then one time every hour. Effective March...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 RTM is now available for TechNet subscribers !!!

  • Blog Post: HDHomeRun PRIME and PRIME 6CC finally go on sale - scheduled June shipping

    HDHomeRun PRIME: Premium digital cable TV for your PCs Triple tuner - watch/record three channels at once from one or multiple computers CableCARD - all the digital cable channels you subscribe to, including HD and premium channels in 100% digital quality Windows 7 Windows Media Center - full featured...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Rocks Screencast Contest – creative types apply here

    Time to have some fun! Once again Matt Hester and Keith Combs would like to invite you to demonstrate your mad skillz in the form of a screencast. This little contest at first brush sounds like it’s going to be pretty easy, but I have a feeling there is going to be some serious competition this time...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 RTM – now available for download

    Deploy Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 with the newly released Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010. MDT is the recommended process and toolset for automating desktop and server deployment. MDT provides you with the following benefits: Unified tools and processes required for desktop and server deployment...
  • Blog Post: Acer AspireRevo 3610 ATOM 330 Dual Core – first impressions

    Yesterday afternoon I received the Acer AspireRevo 3610-U9012 . It’s classified as a consumer desktop or nettop but HDTV and media center enthusiasts like myself are looking at this device for a different purpose.  In fact, I want the Revo for one purpose and only one purpose.  To replace my...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7: To the Beta and Beyond – Springboard Virtual Roundtable

    Join Mark Russinovich and a panel of subject matter experts for a live discussion of what's in store for IT pros with Windows® 7. Learn about the evolution of features like Group Policy, BitLocker To Go™, DirectAccess, BranchCache™, and AppLocker™ then get tips on troubleshooting, deployment, and application...
  • 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: IT Pro Momentum Program Results – Anon Company 2

    Company Location - Pennsylvania Objectives of the Project -  “We need to be preemptive on Evaluating Windows Server 2008 R2   and windows 7 to  address remote access and security concerns.” Are you piloting or deploying the products? “Our organization is behind in the Server space ...
  • 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: Did you miss the PDC this year? Here's another chance!

    Missed the PDC? Catch the content LIVE at the MSDN Developer Conference . Register Today! We’re bringing the PDC to you! For just $99 you’ll get the best of the PDC in your own backyard and hear all of the exciting announcements around the Azure Services Platform and Windows 7. Other sessions...
  • Blog Post: New Efficiency Microsoft Launch Event Live from San Diego today !!!

    Experience The New Efficiency Microsoft Launch Event Live from San Diego October 26th Virtually! View and download 18 IT Professional and Developer focused live sessions from San Diego starting at 9am PDT October 26th . Focusing on Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Exchange Server 2010, you can...
  • Blog Post: BranchCache Deployment Guide for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

    BranchCache is a wide area network (WAN) bandwidth optimization technology that is included in some editions of the Windows Server® 2008 R2 and Windows® 7 operating systems. To optimize WAN bandwidth, BranchCache copies content from your main office content servers and caches the content at branch office...
  • Blog Post: Security Audit Events for Win7 and R2 – download now available

    You can use Windows security and system logs to record and store collected security events so that you can track key system and network activities to monitor potentially harmful behaviors and to mitigate those risks. You customize system log events by configuring auditing based on categories of security...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Attack Surface Analyzer - now available for download

    Attack Surface Analyzer is developed by the Trustworthy Computing Security group. It is the same tool used by Microsoft's internal product groups to catalogue changes made to operating system attack surface by the installation of new software. Attack Surface Analyzer takes a snapshot of your system state...
  • Blog Post: Windows Command-line Reference - now available for download

    The Windows command-line tools are used to perform various tasks related to Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows 7, and Windows Vista. You can use the command reference to familiarize yourself with new and enhanced command-line tools, to learn about the command shell...
  • Blog Post: Time is running out to download the Windows 7 Beta

    Brandon LeBlanc posted a reminder and some information this evening you should take note of if you haven’t already downloaded the Windows 7 Beta.  Here’s and excerpt: First off: thank you for your interest in beta testing Windows 7! As we near January 24th, we wanted to update everyone again on...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 - Service Pack 1 Docs Now Available

    Microsoft® continuously collects feedback on Windows® 7 and Windows Server® 2008 R2 operating systems from its customers and partners. This feedback results in enhancements that help improve compatibility, reliability, performance, and user experience. These enhancements are typically made available...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals - Free Training - Register Now!

    Just one week after Microsoft Management Summit 2011 (MMS), Microsoft Learning is hosting an exclusive three-day Jump Start class specially tailored for VMware and Microsoft virtualization technology pros. Registration for “ Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals ” is open and will be delivered...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server BranchCache Step-by-Step Guides

    BranchCache is a wide area network (WAN) bandwidth optimization technology that is included in some editions of the Windows Server® 2008 R2 and Windows® 7 operating systems. To optimize WAN bandwidth, BranchCache copies content from your main office content servers and caches the content at branch office...
  • Blog Post: Audit and Compliance Reporting for DirectAccess

    I had the pleasure of talking to one of the authors of “ Compliance Reporting: First Step in Controlling Client Cloud Access ”.  Dan Griffin is a Microsoft MVP and Security Software Consultant with JW Secure Incorporated and co-authored this article with Microsoft Architect Lee Walker. The conversation...
  • Blog Post: Zune and Zune Pass expand to international markets – hello Windows Phone 7

    REDMOND, Wash. — Sep. 20, 2010 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the further international expansion of Zune, its digital entertainment service. This fall, Zune will expand its music and video footprint and bring the free Zune software, Zune Marketplace online store, Zune Pass 1 music subscription service...
  • Blog Post: Windows Automated Install Kit (WAIK) - published again with new languages in WinPE

    The Windows® Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows® 7 helps you to install, customize, and deploy the Microsoft Windows® 7 and Windows Server® 2008 R2 family of operating systems.  The WAIK was re-published to the download center at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID...
  • Blog Post: Tell your story, get votes, win a HP Envy 15 ? Windows @ Work Contest

    Submit an entry about your Windows 7 experiences and thoughts to the community. What are you looking forward to in Windows 7? Share a business or personal success, or cool and innovative feature. Your fellow community members will vote, so may the best story win. Prizes: 1st place - HP Envy...
  • 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...