Kent Compton

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Kent Compton

  • What do YOU want in Windows Server "Centro"?

    I'd to get your opinions on the types of functionality and features you'd like to see in Windows Server "Centro". The skies the limit! Please note: I won't reply to your comment unless I need clarification (we might already plan on doing the feature)...
  • Managing your applications?

    If you are an IT administrator who has 25 - 500 PCs I'd like your opinion. Would you rather manage your applications independently or would you like to be able to manage them in one place? Said another way, if you had a single console to administer your...
  • THE Outlook Connector

    In addition to the product planning I do for Windows Live, I also work with the Microsoft Office Outlook team on the Outlook Connector.  What is the Outlook Connector you ask?  It is a grossly underutilized sync solution for people who are both...
  • EBS has Released to Manufacturing BABY!

    After 3.5 years of development, I am happy to announce that we have released Essential Business Server 2008 to manufacturing (aka RTMed)!  I have seen the product come along way in that time and am very proud of the work the team has put into EBS...
  • The Windows Essential Server Solutions Family

    Today, we publicly announced the product family in which Essential Business Server is a part of-- Windows Essential Server Solutions --and the new family web site .  The Essential Server Solution family also includes Small Business Server and the...
  • Windows Server "Centro" Community Technology Preview (CTP) has RTMed!

    Another milestone for Windows Server code name "Centro" occurred this afternoon with the official signing off of the CTP (5241) build. The CTP builds on the foundation established in Beta 1 while moving into new areas such as enabling legacy Active Directory...
  • Essential Business Server video shot at IT Forum is now online

    As I've mentioned in previous blog posts, we had a session on Essential Business Server at the IT Forum in Barcelona, Spain during November 2007.   Recently, the TechNet team posted the video of that Essential Business Server session so you...
  • 'Assistance' for the IT Administrator

    One of my favorite features in Essential Business Server is one that simply lets the IT Administrator help his/her users without having to leave his/her desk.  You might be saying, "well duh, Remote Assistance has been a feature in Windows client...
  • The Outlook Connector Part 2

    For those of you who want to only download the Outlook Connector you can go to http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9A2279B1-DF0A-46E1-AA93-7D4870871ECF&displaylang=en . 
  • EBS RIP…

    I haven’t been on the EBS team for a while now but this news came as a huge shock.  If there’s some consolation I’m really glad to see Microsoft is making the existing EBS 2008 customers whole by getting them to the stand-alone server products for...
  • Windows Server "Centro" has a New Name

    I'm happy to announce that my product, after being called Windows Server code name "Centro" for over two years, finally has a name-- Windows Essential Business Server !  Essential Business Server will be in Beta 2 in the next couple of...
  • Thank you San Diego and Chicago!

    A number development team members and myself recently went to visit [potential] Essential Business Server customers in San Diego and Chicago.  Visiting the latter is always an enjoyable trip [despite the temperature <g>] because I lived in...
  • Windows Essential Business Server Plays Well with Others

    One area that I'm especially proud of in Essential Business Server is how the product accommodates and enhances other products from ISVs (independent software vendors) and other Microsoft product groups whose products are not in the box.  "Extensibility"...
  • Heros Happen Here Comic Strip

    While you're waiting for you Windows Essential Business Servers to finish installing have a laugh by jumping on your client computer and browsing to the new HHH Comic Series .  The art and dialogue are very well done and the humor is funny and IT...
  • I’ve got a new job

    After 3.5 years as the product planner for Windows Essential Business Server, today I began a new job in the Windows Live Experience team.   I will be one of the “desktop communications” product planners which basically means I’ll be contributing...
  • The NEW Windows Live Essentials is now available!

    The “gold” version of the Windows Live Essentials applications (e.g. Mail, Photo Gallery, Writer--which I’m using to write this blog, the Outlook Connector, etc.) are available now at http://download.live.com   This final version was in beta when...
  • Gadgets – Do you Love them or Leave them?

    Gadgets seem to one of those things in computers that polarize people.  Gadgets , in the Windows world, are little pieces of code, jscript and/or XML (depending on the gadget) that sits primarily in the Sidebar in Vista and anywhere on the desktop...
  • Updated: What would you like changed/improved in Windows Live?

    Updated Post (posted on March 4, 2009): Several keen observers sent email to me about my newly established livewish email address gently reminding me of an already established communication vehicle to get feedback to the Windows Live team.  The official...
  • The Power of the Blog

    I am humbled by how much traffic my blog post yesterday generated.  It was apparently linked to/picked up by a couple of sites with quite a readership.  I/we got an amazing amount of email to the new account.   Wow.  However,...
  • “I’d like to try Hotmail but I already have an existing Email account”

    Do you have existing non-Hotmail/Live email account that you’ve had for a number of years?  Are you intrigued by the some of the new features and functionality of Windows Live Hotmail?  Perhaps you’re running into the other provider’s email...
  • Thanks to our Boston Customers

    The Essential Business Server Development Team and I were in Boston this past week (April 14 - 17).  I'd like to again thank Keith, Paul, Todd, Alan, Rob, Lee and Chris for taking time out of their busy schedules (they're IT Administrators in a midsize...
  • Thank you Paris and Berlin!

    I wanted to take a moment to thank the many IT Administrators the dev team and I met with in Paris and Germany during the last two weeks of April.  I find it comforting to know that their needs aren't much different from here in North America while...
  • EBS' Licensing and Pricing and Public Preview!

    We revealed some new Windows Essential Business Server information today.   Take a look at: Licensing Pricing System Requirements Want to give EBS a spin?  Sign up for the Public Preview here (the red indicates its important <g>)...
  • EBS Documentation on TechNet

    I know its not possible for everyone to run EBS RC0 through its paces but if you're like me and good at visualizing (not virtualizing <g>) the written word into near reality then you'll be glad to know that EBS' documentation is now online. ...
  • Virtualizing EBS RC0

    The document describing how to virtualize EBS RC0 on Hyper-V has just posted.  I don't expect virtualization to be a mainstream case in most midsize businesses because we have loaded each EBS server already.  That said, virtualization is a great...