Kent Compton

Software runs the world!

Kent Compton

  • 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...
  • Some Seriously Functional Wallpaper Eye Candy

    I have been a huge fan of SysInternals long before Microsoft acquired the company a few year ago and rebadged its founders/super talents Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell.  If you ever get a chance to see/hear Mark in person I highly recommend...
  • 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...
  • 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 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...
  • “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...
  • Windows Server "Centro" Technical Beta and Technology Adopter Program is looking for a few good testers...

    We are looking for a few good testers (OK, lots of) to help give us feedback on Windows Server “Centro”. If you have three 64 bit (x64) machines that you can use to test some next generation technology we’re working on then we can use your help. I know...
  • How much do you love EBS?

    This much? Oliver Sommer does.  It's his company car!
  • 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 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...
  • Do you have x64 Server Hardware?

    As I conduct research and go on customer visits with IT Administrators from midsize companies, one of the most interesting discoveries has been how little understanding their is around x64 processors.  For example, of the 82 customer visits we have...
  • You Deserve More Than "Good Enough"

    When I was an Enterprise Strategist and then Consultant in Microsoft's US Midwest sales district, one of the most frustrating situations I experienced were customers (mainly enterprise: 20K+ desktops, 1000+ servers) who didn't utilize technology to its...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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"...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • '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...
  • "Fresno" -- Whaa?!?

    As strange as it may seem, "Fresno" doesn't exist. I'm not talking about the city in California which I can say unequivocally does exist since I've been there :-) but the "Windows Server appliance" that was recently referred to in a CRN article . You...
  • RC1 is complete, only one more to go!

    It was a big day for the product group.  We signed off on Windows Essential Business Server release candidate 1 today!  It will be available on Connect and the Public Preview will be refreshed very soon. I can’t wait until we RTM (release to...
  • 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...