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  • Blog Post: Virtual Labs - Exchange, Vista and Office...

    So, you've heard about this three-headed beast on the horizon, which really is going to change the way we work, but you haven't had the chance to install it, don't have any spare hardware to test it on, or, you just don't want to install it yet. What can you do? Well, how about having a play around,...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2007 & Groove 2007 Training

    The Partner Readiness team is pleased to announce the release of SharePoint for Developers training. We also have some seats available on our Groove technical training delivery next week. 1. Developing with SharePoint Server 2007 This course explores the development opportunities with Microsoft’s...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Tool 5.0 hits Beta 1

    Way back in December, I blogged about the MAPs 5.0 Community Preview , and what was new to assist you on your infrastructure optimisation journeys.  Fast forward to March 2010, and Beta 1 is now available.  So, for those of you who need a recap… MAP Toolkit 5.0 is an agentless tool designed...
  • Blog Post: A real gem for Small Business - Office Live

    I blogged about this a few weeks back, but now that it has been released, I thought I would talk about it again, and hopefully you will gain an idea of how much value this could bring to a small business. In our last team meeting, my gaffer, Steve Clayton, was talking about Office Live, and how useful...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Partner? Know our plans for the next year?

    Are you a Microsoft Partner, and if so, would you like to be kept in the know as to what our plans are for the next year? I thought so. Well, the Virtual Partner Conference is a new concept that we've developed as a way to provide you, our partners, with the latest information on our plans in each...
  • Blog Post: No Longer Out of Office: Save to PDF and XPS

    It's back. Back in June , it was announced that Microsoft would no longer be including the ability to save to PDF from within the 2007 Microsoft Office System, which was a shame, because many users out there, as Steve Marsh mentions , would find it incredibly useful. Well, it's time to rejoice...
  • Blog Post: Academy Live for Partners – Upcoming (Important!) System Center Webcasts

    I know, I could have just posted all of the upcoming Academy Live Webcasts in one post, but I wanted to logically group them together to make it easier for people to find and filter those that they are specifically interested in.  The first batch were all Windows Server 2008 R2 related, and these...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Solution Accelerator v3.1

    Do you know some of the key IT Migration Challenges?  Heard these? Can my existing client machines run Windows Vista and 2007 Microsoft Office? Can my existing servers migrate to Windows Server 2008? What is the portion of physical servers that can be consolidated with Hyper-V? Managed by SCVMM...
  • Blog Post: Office Live on the Partner Portal

    Just a quick post to let you know that there is now a section on the UK Partner Portal dedicated to Office Live. It details the following information: • When to offer Office Live on it's own • When to offer Small Business Server on it's own • When to Start with Microsoft Office Live and Set the Stage...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment & Planning Solution Accelerator 4.0 Now Available

    Just under a month ago, I blogged about the beta release of the MAP tool , which, for those not familiar, is is an integrated planning toolkit that makes it easier for Microsoft customers and partners to quickly identify what servers, workstations, and network devices are in their IT environment. This...
  • Blog Post: Small Business? Is your Office Live?

    Now, if you're anything like me, from time to time you may find it a little difficult to figure out what is going on with all these 'Live' products, how they differ from the non-Live products, a-la Office 2003 / 2007 and how also, they differ from what kind of apps that other 'Search Engine' company...
  • Blog Post: Exchange, Vista, Office - 5 Steps to Success

    How, as a Microsoft Partner, can you ensure that you make the most of our biggest ever launch in the history of big launches in the world ever? Well, I've got 5 steps to ensure that you do ride the wave and don't fall off! Run your business on EVO Have you heard of the Action Pack? Well, if you subscribe...
  • Blog Post: Hey Microsoft, I'm a UK Partner, how do I get RTM'd?

    Now that Vista and Office have hit gold, more and more partners have been asking, particularly at the EVO Roadshows (Which you can still register for ) where they can get their hands on a copy of the RTM beauties, so that they can try to reproduce the infamous McSpirit 10-minute Speed Demo for their...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator 3.2 Released

    Baldwin and his team have done it again.  Release after release they are adding great features into the free MAPs tool, making it even more of a must-use tool in planning and analysing for an infrastructure change.  So, as a recap for those who are new to my blog, or who haven’t heard of the...
  • Blog Post: Free Microsoft eBooks all over the place!

    Love reading?  Love technology?  Like money? If the answer to those questions is Yes, then these eBook links are for you.  Covering a wide spectrum of technologies, from Office through to Virtualisation, and Windows Phone through to Visual Studio, this array of free eBooks should keep...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft UK – Sales and Licensing Induction for Partners – 13th November 2008

    We’ve just announced a day for all you Microsoft UK Partners out there, who want to understand, from a sales and licensing perspective, some of the Microsoft technologies that are currently available. This session is aimed to equip new starter sales people with the knowledge and skills that will enable...
  • Blog Post: TechNet UK Virtual Conference – 19th June 2009

    We’re pleased to announce the launch of the very first TechNet Virtual Conference taking place on 19 June 2009. You told us that time and budget pressures make attending in person events difficult – so to help both you and the environment we decided to take the TechNet Conference virtual. Now you and...
  • Blog Post: Webcasts and Virtual Labs - Update!

    These may be useful to some of you out there :-) Webcast Series Windows Vista: Build More Secure Applications Find out how Windows Vista makes it easier than ever to build applications that are more secure, reliable and manageable. Tune in to see how you can create user-experience breakthroughs that...
  • Blog Post: Friends again: Vista and SQL

    With the announcement of SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 (SP2), you can now be safe in the knowledge that your database system will not only run efficiently, but will be supported on Vista, and you can now take advantage of enhancements in the familiar and easy-to-use Windows Vista™ operating system and...
  • Blog Post: Launch, Launch, Launch! Ready for a new day?

    It's here! Today is the day. 30th November 2006. $20Billion of research and development is here, and it really will herald the new world of work by simplifying how people work together, find information, improve business insight, protect and manage content, and ultimately, reduce IT costs whilst increasing...
  • Blog Post: Office Communications Server 2007 R2 – now supported Virtualised

    Well, kind of. The newly released “ Running Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 in a Virtualized Topology ” whitepaper goes through what is, and what isn’t supported, along with recommendations, best practices, test cases and so on.  In a nutshell: We are introducing support for both...
  • Blog Post: Free 2007 Microsoft Office System eBooks!

    A big thanks to a colleague of mine from the Morrocan sub, Ahmed Hakkoum, who informed me of this pair of beauties available for download, for no cost to yourself (you can purchase the paperback version of the first document), from the Microsoft download website: First Look 2007 Microsoft Office...
  • Blog Post: Do you know your WIM from your BDD?

    Deployment is something both James and I have been chatting about lots recently, and with good reason. According to the latest market analysis and forecasts from Gartner Group, and others, the worldwide PC market will see a significant migration to Vista over the next 12-36 months. Driving deeper adoption...
  • Blog Post: UK Partner? Vista and Exchange Training is here...

    With billions of dollars of R&D coming to market this year in the shape of Exchange, Vista and Office we have a major focus on helping our UK partners get ready for "EVO" wave. This is a big team effort from the UK partner team and you will see lots of activity over the coming months both online...
  • Blog Post: Developing on Office Live? This is for you...

    Tim, a colleague here at Microsoft UK, forwarded on a link to Darren Johnstone's blog , or more specifically, a link to the Office Live section of his blog . Darren has written a number of excellent posts on Office Live, specifically, developing for Office Live. He's documented working with Windows Mobile...