Well, launch day has finally arrived and its been a day of some real excitement as Windows 8 devices have landed in Irish stores and people have been able to get hands-on with the new Windows 8 experience! There's been lots of press on the launch I know but if you haven't watched our very own Windows Client Business Group Lead, Patrick Ward, give his demo of Windows 8, make some time and check it out at Silicon Republic here - http://www.siliconrepublic.com/digital-life/item/29922-first-look-at-windows-8/.
I'm hoping that all of you reading this Blog have already downloaded the Windows 8 RTM to get hands-on, but if you haven't, make sure you check out your Microsoft Partner Software benefits to start looking at what new scenarios Windows 8 can enable in your own business - https://mspartner.microsoft.com/en/ie/Pages/Downloads/accessing-software-benefits.aspx.
With the launch, IT Professionals and Developers alike have plenty of new deployment and management skills to learn. With that in mind, it seemed appropriate on launch day to flag the free eBook preview of "Introducing Windows 8: An overview for IT Professionals" available at http://go.microsoft.com/FWLink/?Linkid=268295 as well as the Windows 8 Jump Start training at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/jj687764.
Don't forget there are also multiple Partner specific learning paths for Windows 8 (including Sales training) at https://mspartner.microsoft.com/en/ie/pages/training/learning-paths-by-product.aspx and there are full Windows 8 Partner Resource Kits available in the Partner Marketing Centre at https://readytogo.microsoft.com.
Get involved and let us hear your thoughts on what new scenarios Windows 8 will enable both for your business and our joint customers!