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  • Blog Post: Why Window's Vista Won't Suck

    Interesting article about Windows Vista advances http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1697,1931913,00.asp “It’s hard to take a real look at Vista, both on the surface and under the hood, and consider it just another Windows rehash. This is a dramatic, whole-hog upgrade of the Windows platform...
  • Blog Post: Invite to the Technical Training Sessions on Vista & 2007 Office

    The Connect ’06 Technical Training Sessions are coming to Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland during May: Wellington – 11th May – Intercontinental Christchurch – 17th May – Grand Chancellor Auckland – 22nd May – Sky City Agenda, registration and more info at www.microsoft.co.nz/techsessions...
  • Blog Post: All Blacks Rugby Gadget released

    Just released by the New Zealand Rugby Union - grab the All Blacks Rugby Gadget from http://www.allblacks.com/gadget/default.htm    The gadget regularly updates including fixtures, results, streaming video, news and also information on our team. The gadget runs on Windows Vista 32bit, and also...
  • Blog Post: So whats in the latest Windows Vista (December) CTP?

    The December CTP (Community Technology Preview) build released out through MSDN Subscription downloads yesterday, build number is 5270. This build will also be going out to TechNet Plus subscribers too. The December Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Community Technology Preview (CTP) is the third in a series...
  • Blog Post: Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) is live

    Microsoft Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) enables IT administrators to remotely manage roles and features in Windows Server 2008 from a computer running Windows Vista with SP1. It includes support for remote management of computers running either a Server Core installation or the full installation...
  • Blog Post: See Windows Vista www.seewindowsvista.com

    Checkout the new website www.seewindowsvista.com going live today where you can see more about Windows Vista and the possibilities that are possible with the platform through demonstrations of how partners and customers are using it. Be sure to watch what theNZ company Right Hemisphere is doing with...
  • Blog Post: NZ Daylight Savings Time Zone Changes

    As was announced recently by the Government , daylight savings will be three weeks longer than it has been previously. Specifically clocks will go forward one hour a week earlier than usual on the last Sunday in September, and back one hour on the first Sunday in April instead of the third Sunday in...
  • Blog Post: Tablet PC User Group is tonight (Wellington)

    TUG Meeting Tomorrow The next meeting of the Tablet PC User Group will be held on August 3rd. This is a little later than it should be but we wanted to get the best speakers for the topics. We are over half way through the year now and suddenly Office 2007 and Windows Vista are not very far away. Both...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Unveils Windows Vista Product Lineup

    The Windows Vista product lineup consists of six versions, two for businesses, three for consumers, and one for emerging markets: Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Ultimate and Windows Vista Starter. The number of offerings...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista RC1 is available for download

    "Release Candidate 1" of Windows Vista RTMed in the early hours of last Saturday morning NZ time and is now available to TechNet and MSDN subscribers, as well as those people who signed up for the Windows Vista Customer Preview Program (CPP) with the release of Beta 2 in June. TechBeta and TAP customer...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Beta 2 is now available

    Windows Vista Beta 2 is now available for IT professionals and developers with MSDN and TechNet subscriptions. In the coming weeks, Microsoft will start the Windows Vista Customer Preview Program (CPP) for developers and IT professionals who are not members of the subscription services. The Windows...
  • Blog Post: Making the best Desktop ever ... (free training in NZ)

    We have a handful of seats available for some Windows Vista training, this week in Auckland and next week in Wellington. Read on for details, BTW this is free: You are invited to come along to one of a very limited number of two day interactive technical briefing and discussion sessions to be held at...
  • Blog Post: Presentation decks from 2007 Tech Briefing online

    Now that the Microsoft New Zealand 2007 Technical Briefing's are over, the slide decks are available for download Check them out here from the MSNZ Events site My Vista Deployment deck is still jumping through hoops getting uploaded onto the site, in the meantime you can get it from here (this...
  • Blog Post: NZ Tech Ed 06 – Early Bird Registrations Go Live

    The Tech Ed 2006 Early Bird Registration launches TODAY at www.microsoft.co.nz/teched I'm organising the Windows Client track across both New Zealand & Australia, and will be back shortly with the draft list of sessions we are looking to run. Will be a good mix of infrastructure and developer...
  • 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: Ultra-Mobile PC team unveils "Origami"

    A new Mobile PC form factor. Full Windows functionality with an enhanced touch screen, pen and keyboard input. UMPCs combine the power of the Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition operating system and other innovative new technologies from Microsoft and its partners, making them more mobile and simpler...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Interactive Virtual Roundtable with Microsoft Technical Fellow Mark Russinovich

    Microsoft Technical Fellow and desktop guru Mark Russinovich will be hosting an interactive virtual roundtable—broadcast LIVE over the Internet on Thursday, March 6 (NZ time). The subject? Windows Vista adoption and deployment. On the panel with Mark will be independent industry experts and IT...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft @ CES

    The 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is about to start in Las Vegas at the moment. Bill Gates is doing a keynote this afternoon NZ time and its available as a live stream, or ondemand tomorrow. If you're watching live this afternoon, its on from 330PM to 5PM NZ time, today Monday...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Step-by-Step Guides for IT Professionals

    There is a new version of the Windows Vista Step-by-Step Guides for IT Professionals out and up on the download centre at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=311f4be8-9983-4ab0-9685-f1bfec1e7d62&displaylang=en There are some new guides up there that have been rev'd for...
  • Blog Post: Public Availability of Windows Vista Beta 2

    Hanging out to try Windows Vista? Windows Vista beta2 is now available for download - the New Zealand download site just went live earlier this evening. download Beta 2 of the 32- and 64-bit versions via the Community Preview Program (CPP). You have the choice of either downloading the appropriate...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista SP1 available for Download on TechNet Plus

    Good news for TechNet Plus subscribers eager to download the official Windows Vista SP1 bits.  The Windows Vista SP1 "Update" is now available for download through the Top Subscriber Downloads section at http://technet.microsoft.com/subscriptions .   What's available? Windows Vista...
  • Blog Post: BDD 2007 Release Candidate 1 Now Available

    One of the things I've been busy with over the last couple of months is educating NZ IT Pro's on Windows Vista deployment. Well we're getting closer to releasing the final version of Business Desktop Deployment 2007, and here is the download of RC1 of those tools. The final release is really close now...
  • Blog Post: Going to TechEd in NZ or AU? Come and say hi...

    I'll be at both TechEd New Zealand in Auckland and TechEd AU in Sydney next week. In Auckland I'll be on and around the Microsoft stand for most of the time Mon/Tues/Weds and then in Sydney Thursday/Friday I'm also presenting a couple of sessions - during lunchtime in Auckland on Tuesday & Wednesday...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista SP1 is available for download

    Windows Vista SP1 is now downloadable via Windows Update.  Get the full story from Nick on the Vista Team Blog .   Get the x86 standalone package @ http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=b0c7136d-5ebb-413b-89c9-cb3d06d12674&DisplayLang=en . Get the x64 standalone package...
  • Blog Post: Post-RC1 Vista build available for download

    Over the weekend we released an interim build of Windows Vista, also known as an EDW, or External Developer Workstation. This build is number 5728 and serves as an update to RC1 and runs in parallel with that release. The build is available as an ISO download in both X86 and X64 versions from http...