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The Microsoft FY08 Roadmap and searching my teams' blogs!

The Microsoft FY08 Roadmap and searching my teams' blogs!

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Kudos to Steve (via Long) for this first snippet of information.

Microsoft FY08 Roadmap

Like Steve says, it's not always easy getting hold of a Microsoft product roadmap, so when one does come along, it's worth taking note.  Now, although this doesn't give you specific dates to when products are released (bite tongue here), it gives you an idea of what's coming this FY.  Key ones for me include Windows Server (with it's accompanying updates and service packs: very brave to acknowledge them this early!) and the small and mid-market server offerings, namely Cougar and Centro.  My role will also focus heavily on the System Center family, and there is a plethora of them coming this FY.  Pay particular interest to Operations Manager, Virtual Machine Manager, Data Protection Manager and Configuration Manager; I predict big things from this foursome...

Aside from products that I'm intimately (steady!) involved with, FY08 just seems like a year of cool technology from a Microsoft perspective, and one that's full of opportunity.  Take the whole Entertainment and Devices section - Zune, Mediaroom, Xbox, and the fantastic Surface really are cool pieces of technology, and combine that with the ever strengthening Application Platform, with Popfly, Silverlight and above all, Visual Studio, there are big opportunities for a lot of people out there.

I also mentioned, conveniently in the title, there is also a convenient way to search not only my blog, but across all the blogs in my team.  Between us, as Steve rightly states, we cover a huge variety of topics around technology, from the web, to Windows.  You can search them all using a new feature in Windows Live Search; Macros.

Windows Live Search Macros

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So, this enables me to search across the blogs in my team.  As you can see, I've even been able to add the option to my search bar in IE7.

If you want to be able to access the PTS Search Macro, you can do so here: http://search.live.com/macros/ptsuk/blogs/?FORM=OIJZ.

So now, when I select that option in IE7, and search for a term, all my results are taken from the blogs - great!

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  • How can you/I expose that Windows Live Search; Macros functionality to search your team's blogs *on your blog" as a service to readers?

  • Hi Tony,

    I guess I forgot to include that piece of information!

    You should find a link to the relevant macro now, which you can use!

    I hope that's the information you were looking for!

    Matt

  • Huge thanks to Matt for this great bit of information. It always amazes me how many products Microsoft

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