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  • Blog Post: Windows Virtual PC and Win XP Mode Release Candidate - now available

    This morning we announced   the availability of Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP mode Release Candidate . RC is an important milestone in our path to final delivery of Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode. Windows Virtual PC (WVPC) is a client virtualisation software, which can be used on Windows...
  • Blog Post: final release of Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 available for download

    Get ready to deploy Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 with the final release of Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Click here to download MDT now. ( http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=159061 ) As you prepare to deploy Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, get a jump start with Microsoft Deployment...
  • Blog Post: Wellington - Wake up and Win Windows 7 on October 22nd

    Wake up and Win - Windows 7 on October 22 nd Microsoft and Hewlett Packard invite you to help celebrate the launch of Windows 7 and HP’s all new range of Windows 7 PC’s.  Be part of the moment when Windows 7 becomes available in NZ and have a chance to win a new Hewlett Packard Windows 7 PC. Help...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Webcast - Get started deploying Windows 7 and Office 2010

    Join us for a webcast technical presentation next month: Get started deploying Windows 7 and Office 2010 Businesses across NZ are rapidly deploying Windows 7 and Office 2010 to take advantage of a more productive desktop environment, and to avoid any issues as Windows XP approaches its End of Support...
  • Blog Post: Reminder - general availability of Windows 7 Beta to end shortly

    If you haven’t downloaded the Windows 7 Beta yet, and you want to, make sure you do so now! The public Beta program will shut down starting on February 10th (US date). Millions of people worldwide have already downloaded it and we announced at the start of the beta, the beta would not be available for...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 RC - now available for download

    Microsoft Deployment Toolkit is the recommended process and toolset to automate desktop and server deployment. MDT benefits you by providing: Unified tools and processes required for desktop and server deployment in a common deployment console and collection of guidance. Reduced deployment time, standardised...
  • Blog Post: Download Windows 7 Release Candidate

    Welcome to Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) testing.  Go download Windows 7 RC today! We’re on our way to Windows 7, and the RC is a great opportunity for IT professionals like you to take Windows 7 and begin testing it in your real environment. You get to see what’s coming, and we get to see if...
  • Blog Post: Some free Windows 7 eLearning content

    Microsoft Learning has just launched some free Windows 7 training content - three free eLearning Clinics. Specifically targeted at audiences : Consumers, IT Professionals and Information Workers What’s New in Windows 7 for Consumers (1 Hour) What’s New in Windows 7 for IT Professionals (2 Hours) What...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Beta 2 is now Available for Download

    Getting ready to deploy Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2?  Check out the recently released Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 Beta 2. MDT 2010 is the next version of Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, a free Solution Accelerator for operating system and application deployment. New features such...
  • Blog Post: TechNet UNPLUGGED June 09 Slide Decks Available

    A few of you have have posted comments asking when I will be making the PowerPoint decks from the last UNPLUGGED available for download.  I also received numerous emails asking the same thing.  I’m sorry it took so long, but I finally got the decks uploaded to my Windows Live SkyDrive location...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 webcast with Mark Russinovich tomorrow

    Springboard Series Virtual Roundtable - Windows 7: To the Beta and Beyond 8am-9am tomorrow morning Friday 13th, NZ time - join Mark Russinovich and a panel of experts for a live discussion of what's in store for IT pros with Windows 7. Learn about the evolution of features like Group Policy, BitLocker...
  • Blog Post: Do the first Windows 7 exam for free

    Keen to keep up with the latest certifications?  Take the Windows 7 beta exam and be one of the first in the world to be Windows 7 certified! The first exam is 71-680  Windows 7 Configuration, I suggest you put the date in your diary to book in and take the beta exam, we expect places to fill...
  • Blog Post: Windows Home Server (WHS) Power Pack 3 – available this week

    as announced on the Windows Home Server blog : Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 will be available worldwide on November 25th (NZ time)  Power Pack 3 will be a free update to anyone already using Windows Home Server through Windows Update.  WHS Power Pack 3 adds enhancements for Windows 7 and...
  • Blog Post: reminder - Windows 7 Release Candidate expiration coming soon

    just a reminder that if you’re still running a Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) then it’s time to move to the final release bits, because the RC will expire soon. Check of the Windows Blog for more information on how to move from Windows 7 RC, together with technical resources on deployment. The short...
  • Blog Post: latest Windows 7 Application Compatibility List for IT Professionals released

    The latest Windows 7 Application Compatibility List for IT Professionals has just been released for download .  This latest spreadsheet lists 7408 applications The Windows 7 Application Compatibility List for IT Professionals is a Microsoft Office Excel-based spreadsheet listing software applications...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft NZ IT Pro Early Adopters Programme

    Do you want some help to test/pilot the latest Microsoft infrastructure technologies? I’ve blogged about this before but just a reminder for everyone, we’ve had a lot of interest recently in using this programme for Windows 7 testing. Momentum is focussed on supporting “early adopters” - IT Professionals...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 RC download update

    Just spotted this on the Windows Blog . Windows 7 RC will be available for download on Friday 1 May next week, for TechNet and MSDN Subscribers, then Wednesday May 6 publically (New Zealand dates) Windows 7 Release Candidate Update http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/windows7/archive/2009/04/24/windows...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft IT – how we run our own infrastructure BranchCache

    Have you heard of Microsoft IT Showcase ? This is a set of content (articles, videos and web casts) that shows how we at Microsoft plan, deploy and manage our own internal Microsoft infrastructure.  Checkout some of the latest content from Microsoft IT – a technical case study. BranchCache, an exciting...
  • Blog Post: Get Insights into the engineering behind Microsoft Windows 7

    An official source of Windows 7 information - Steven Sinofsky and Jon DeVaan have started a new blog called Engineering Windows 7 .  If you’re interested in Windows 7, you should probably add this blog to your RSS reader. Not a lot of detailed information there yet, but expect many more posts as...