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  • Blog Post: Upcoming Microsoft Events: Do you want to stay informed?

    Whether or not you choose to believe me, here are a two things that I know to be true: Microsoft takes your privacy and preferences very seriously, and Microsoft wants you to stay “in-the-loop” about what’s coming. Often our marketing and operations people send out notices about up-coming events, such...
  • Blog Post: Join Early Experts: Enhance Your Skills And Career For Free!!

    In an increasingly multi-hypervisor world, more and more IT organizations are using Microsoft Hyper-V and Microsoft Azure to achieve superior performance and workload flexibility at the best possible price. With nearly two-thirds of businesses on more than one virtualization platform , adding Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: XAML, Silverlight, IE 9 and Windows 7 Oh. My! Calling Windows 7 Developers!

    What do WPF , Silverlight 4 , and Internet Explorer 9 have in common? No, that's not a riddle. Really, it's not a riddle. They are all FTW. What I mean by that is they all offer developers unique ways to exploit the power of Windows 7 , such as integrating with the taskbar, leveraging jump lists, or...
  • Blog Post: Published Again: What’s New in Internet Explorer 8?

    Hey Everyone, I was privileged enough to be published again in the April issue of TechNet Magazine .  I wrote an overview article on Internet Explorer 8 , that topics covered in the article: Standards-based browsing and compatibility Ease-of use features in Internet Explorer 8  A variety of...
  • Blog Post: IT Pro Momentum Combining the Power of Windows 7 and Netbooks for a Classroom

    This was a great project and if you have ever had to setup a training classroom, you will appreciate the story.  Check out Windows 7 really helped solve the problem. Objectives of the project:   Setup training environment at a non-profit organization for their users that travel across the globe...
  • Blog Post: Do you want to win* a Lenovo T61P ThinkPad or Xbox 360 Pro with 60 GB?

    Are you a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) ? Do you want to win * some great prizes just in time for the holidays? How does a 8GB or 120GB Zune sound or an Xbox 360 Pro? What you want something bigger, okay how about a: Lenovo T61P!!!! Okay do I have your attention now? First off...
  • Blog Post: Screencast: Windows 7 Enhanced Security and Control: Introduction

    So as some of you have seen I did 4 brief screencasts on Windows 7 and some of the security improvements.  Well I had a camera, got a liitle bored it was one rare moments I had some extra time,  and I had a green screen.  I decided to record an overview of the enhancements for Windows...
  • Blog Post: MAP 5.5 RTW

    The next version of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit—version 5.5— is now available for free download. Download MAP 5.5 Simplify planning for migration to the latest Microsoft products and technologies with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.5. This multifaceted tool...
  • Blog Post: Resources for IE 8 and Silverlight Deployment

    As some of you know I am very passionate about IE 8 and Silverlight is some great stuff as well.  However, you may be wondering what is the best way to deploy these technologies for your business. Top 5 Reasons to Deploy Internet Explorer 8 More Productivity – IE 8 is designed to help get tasks...
  • Blog Post: 'Last lecture' professor dies of cancer - Randy Pausch

    I was sad to find out today that Randy Pausch had passed forward into a better life. I was deeply moved by his speech and the way he lived. You can read the full article here: 'Last lecture' professor dies of cancer For those of you that have not scene the last lecture it is worth your time. ...
  • Blog Post: More Great IE 8 Beta 2 Resources: IEAK and Technical Overview

    Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Technical Overview for IT Pros Internet Explorer 8 is enterprise ready: Internet Explorer 8 is the business-ready browser with Enterprise-class deployment, management, compatibility and security as a standard. It is designed to be compatible with applications written for Internet...
  • Blog Post: No Fooling: Use the New TechNet Subscription code TNITQ406 to save 25% for your Favorite IT Pro

    Happy April, we had a change of the program and the code, the new code to get a discount ! I hope everyone is starting off with a great spring. What a better way to celebrate Spring than giving your favorite IT Pro a new TechNet subscription and you can save 25% with TNITQ406!!!!! Just Use TNITQ406...
  • Blog Post: Attention Ohio Area IT Pros, Register Now for Dayton IT Pro Camp Wed., Jan., 18, 2012

    The Dayton IT Pro Camp is a FREE , daylong Camp for IT Pros featuring Microsoft Cloud Technologies. During the day, we will have presentations on Hyper-V, SharePoint, Office365 and Azure. In addition, we will have a cloud security presentation and presentations from the Vendors who have agreed to support...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Screencast: More Reliable and Interoperable Browsing

    Okay this is the last screencast in this quick 3 part series I hoped you enjoyed all 3 screencasts and let me know what you think. For the last but not least part I wanted to talk briefly about the new improvements in reliability and compatibly inside IE8.  While IE8 displays content in its most...
  • Blog Post: Still accepting entries for the Windows 7 Rocks Screencast Contest: Only 15 days left!!!!!!

    It is crunch time folks there are only 15 days left in the Windows 7 Rocks Screencast Contest .  We are still accepting entries into the contest! For the original post and more about the contest take a look here: Announcement: Windows 7 Rocks Screencast Contest: Now Accepting Applications! In a...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 8 Gets 21 more languages

    Yesterday,  the IE team  is pleased to announce the availability of Internet Explorer Beta 2 in 21 additional  languages. The languages released today are fully localized versions of the IE8 English Beta 2. The Complete List of IE8 Beta 2 Languages Arabic Chinese (Hong Kong) Chinese (Simplified...
  • Blog Post: Coming Back to my roots at DANPA - August 14th

    Nope, that is a misprint, I will be at the meeting on the 14th.  It has been too long since I have been back and I am very excited that I have the opportunity to reconnect with everyone! Dawn Gordon and I will be having a fun conversation with you about Internet Explorer 8.  We are going to...
  • Blog Post: Interview: Talking IE 8 Compatibility with Pete LePage @ TechEd Barcelona

    I caught up with Pete LePage again, this in time in Barcelona.  More importantly I caught up with him on my own turf at TechEd among all the wonderful IT Pros.  Now he was the stranger in the strange land.  We had a great conversation around how to think about Internet Explorer 8 and compatibility...
  • Blog Post: Excellent Internet Explorer 8 RC1 Technical Documents and Resources

    I wanted to put together a quick post that highlights some great resources to get you up to speed with Internet Explorer 8.  I specifically have two great resources on Group Policy: Here you can find a list of most of the 1300 settings in Group Policy: Group Policy in Internet Explorer 8 Here is...
  • Blog Post: IT Pro Momentum Program: Still Accepting Applications

    As I blogged last month: Want Some Help on Piloting Microsoft Technologies like Windows 7? The program is still looking for people like you to take part, so if you answer yes to any of the following questions send me an email at mhester@microsoft.com Interested in learning more about the newest...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio Interview: What's new in Internet Explorer 8?

    I had a chance to sit down and talk with Jane Maliouta, Program Manager on Internet Explorer team and talk about what is coming with Internet Explorer 8. During the interview we talked about some of the fantastic new functionality that everyone can expect. We even spend some time talking about some of...
  • Blog Post: Brief History of the Web from MIX09 IE 8 launch!

    Check out this fun video!
  • Blog Post: Evaluation Downloads for Virtualization, Management and Training Resources

    One of the fun things I get to do everyday is point people to products and resources.  With IT there seems to be an ever changing world and transformation on the tools and resources we use almost happens daily. have a had a few folks ask where can I get the tools and resources to test some the new...
  • Blog Post: Unleashed Events, Columbus, Cincinnati, and Detroit Q/A from the events

    Good morning everyone.  I finally got a little time off the road to post the Q/A from the live events I have done over the last few weeks.  Please let me know if I have missed any or if you have any additional comments, I am sure I probably forgot some questions let me know and enjoy! Before...
  • Blog Post: Windows Client Road Show Featuring Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8

    Spring brings not only rain and flowers (you know, April shows and May flowers), it also brings our spring technical events. And this time our technical events are taking on a slightly different form. Okay, to be completely honest, we are still calling the sessions ArcReady (our event for architects...