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  • Blog Post: Just For Fun: My Footage of the Grand Opening of the new Microsoft Store at the Mall of America

    Yeah… I had some fun attending this event, and shooting this video on Saturday morning.  A couple of fun things to notice: Ray Ozzie is in the house Not everyone knows how to spell MICROSOFT.
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: Finally! Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SHIPPED! RTM, Baby!

    RTM = Released to Manufacturing At 1:40pm Pacific (Redmond) time, the party started around the world, as both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 finally ship; that is to say, they are “RTM’d”. The bits are ready. They’ll be sent to OEMs, then made available to partners, businesses, TechNet and...
  • Blog Post: So do I have to throw out all of my logo’d shirts now?

    Today Microsoft is unveiling a new global brand.  The old is history.  Sure, you’ll see it around for quite awhile (like on my formerly-official presenter shirts), but going forward, this is the new face of Microsoft: “Seriously?  You’re changing the logo after all these years?” Yessiree...
  • Blog Post: BIG Breaking News: The Windows 7 RC wait is almost over..

    “Huh?!” Yep. Release Candidate 1 (and only, I’ve heard) will be available to TechNet and MSDN subscribers on April 30, 2009. “Says who? All I’ve heard is leaks and rumors of leaks.” Says the Windows 7 team on the Windows 7 Team Blog . “Can I get it now?” Do you have a TechNet Plus or MSDN...
  • Blog Post: If you can read this, it wasn’t you!

    Have you heard of “Botnets”? “You mean those legions of computers that are being controlled by criminals because they’re running malware that their owners don’t even know about; perhaps to use them to send spam e-mail?” Exactly. And if you’re reading this post right now, you can breathe a little...
  • Blog Post: SAVE MONEY on your TechNet Subscription: 28% off with NEW promotion code: TNITE04

    IMPORTANT UPDATE : This promotion and promotion code have expired. Please CLICK HERE for the most current promotion. Whenever I present a live TechNet Event , I ask my audience to raise their hands if they are a TechNet subscriber . Usually about 1/2 of the audience raises their hand. Considering...
  • Blog Post: What’s New for Active Directory in Server 2012 R2?

    Active Directory .  You know it.  You love it.  You’ve loved it since it made its introduction back in Windows 2000 Server .  Over 90 percent of the world’s business IT relies on Active Directory for local user and machine management, authentication, policy application, and directory...
  • Blog Post: Geeky-Cool Invention: Sixth Sense

    Sometimes you see something that just floors you, and floods you with ideas about what the possibilities such a device could (will?) create. What if you had some computing power behind what you’re looking at, or interacting with every day? Take the shopping aisle at the store, for example.
  • Blog Post: I’m a PC. Another Fun Commercial.

    I think this is number 3 in the series.. I like this one the best so far. http://www.microsoft.com/windows/default.aspx
  • Blog Post: Do your kids know what YOU did today?

    As a parent of four (count ‘em!  4) kids, three of whom are in High School or College, I think it’s great when someone provides easy-to-use resources for young adults to help them figure out what they want to do with their working lives in the near future.  So I’m thrilled to see this really...
  • Blog Post: Just For Fun: I’m Loving the New Lumia Windows Phone Ad

    Last night while watching TV I was thrilled to finally see another good ad for the best phone I’ve ever owned – my Lumia 920.  As my wife will attest, I literally did ROFLMAO.     Sure… I’m a Microsoft Employee.  But seriously, it’s a great phone.(Mine’s the red one.) Also – if...
  • Blog Post: Are you “what’s next”?

    Dear blog, Yes, I know… it’s been a while since I’ve written anything.  True, I shared some of my personal videos from TechEd , plus some resources for attendees to series of presentations I did a little while ago.. but nothing really from the heart; from my personal thoughts or opinions. ...
  • Blog Post: (Episode 17) Windows 8 Tips: Security and Privacy

    In part 5 of our Windows 8 Tips and Tricks series, Principal Technical Account Manager Lex Thomas   and I briefly introduce you to some of the new security-centric improvements in Windows 8 . There’s never been a better time to build for Windows!  Join the App Builder Program and learn about...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: IE8 Released!

    Breaking news: The browser that you are using right now is quite possibly out of date. Today Microsoft released the new version of the Internet Explorer browser. Internet Explorer 8 , or “IE8”. http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/default.aspx It’s fast . It’s cool . It’s easier...
  • Blog Post: INTRODUCING: Microsoft Desktop Player - Find Technical Content and Useful Microsoft Resources Easily

    The Microsoft Desktop Player is now live and in Beta. “What does it do?” Using either your browser (It’s a Silverlight application) or an installed desktop application, you can easily and contextually find webcast recordings, podcast recordings, whitepapers, etc. So, let’s say you’re interested...
  • Blog Post: Geeky-Cool: An IT Evangelists Wedding

    An IT Evangelist (so you know he’s cool), Narenda Wicaksono just shared an interesting story with those of us on an internal e-mail distribution list. The story could have been titled: How true love (and technology) overcame all obstacles (and costs!). His e-mail described it like this: ...
  • Blog Post: Talking About Windows

    Just thought I’d share a cool/useful web resource. It’s a “video blog” (pronounced “vblog”, I presume) called “ Talking About Windows ”. http://www.talkingaboutwindows.com Ever wonder about the details around the deep inner-workings of some of your favorite features in Windows ? Want to hear...
  • Blog Post: Kevin's "the NEW efficiency" Windows 7 Launch Event Resources

    E-mail Technical Questions: Kevin Remde – Kevin.Remde@microsoft.com Feedback e-mail to my boss: Brian Moore – BriMoore@microsoft.com Future Live, In-Person Event Information: TechNet (for IT Pros): http://www.technetevents.com/kevinremde MSDN (for Software Developers): http://www...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: It’s here! RCs are RTW! (for some)

    RCs = Release Candidates RTW = Released to Web “for some” means “for TechNet and MSDN subscribers” You remember several days ago we announced that the RC for Windows 7 would be available to TechNet and MSDN subscribers on April 30th . “Hey, that’s today!” Yep. And of course the first thing...
  • Blog Post: Toolbox for IT – Tools and Community

    This is pretty cool.  There’s a huge online community of IT people growing.  It’s the “ Toolbox for IT ”.  There are forums, topics, whitepapers, blogging, Wikis… basically an entire Web 2.0 smorgasbord all centered around resources and networking for IT Professionals. Here’s a screen...
  • Blog Post: Are you ready for a more beautiful web?

    On August 4 we released the fourth platform preview of IE9 for people to try out. As with other technology previews, the point was to give developers a first-look at what the compatibility and performance capabilities are going to be like. “Yeah, I tried it. It is fast.” Exactly. And...
  • Blog Post: BIG News: Microsoft Office 2010 + SharePoint 2010 RTM!

    (RTM = Released to Manufacturing) It’s a big day for Microsoft , and for the world of people who work with information and documents on their computers. Or on a SharePoint page using a browser. Or on their phone. Today marks the “ship” day for Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010. It’s done. It’s ready...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: The sound of found is “Bing”

    A few minutes ago I got an e-mail from Steve Balmer. Microsoft today announced the new name and new functionality of the new search engine. The new name is the sound I suppose I should hear when I find what I’m looking for. But I can’t help but thinking of old Christmas TV Specials with a large family...
  • Blog Post: Facebook Is for Old Fogies?

    This article had me chuckling , thinking of what my boys (age 17 and 16), who are big Facebook fans, will say when they read this.
  • Blog Post: WAG – It’s like Bacon Flavored Dog Treats for the IT Professional

    WAG = Windows Administrator Groups Last week I decided to try something new, and it’s catching on in a big way. I wanted to create a new set of user groups for IT Administrators who primarily work with MIcrosoft Windows -based infrastructures. So I came up with the acronym WAG. I’m also a recent...