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  • Knowledge Base articles move to TechNet and MSDN

    Microsoft is moving its Developer & IT Professional primary support content (also known as Knowledge Base – or KB - articles) from http://support.microsoft.com Web site to MSDN and TechNet, respectively. This move is to ensure that Developers and...
  • Speaking of security, make sure you've patched/scanned for the Conficker Worm

    Just in case you had not heard, Microsoft is offering a $250,000 USD reward for information that results in the arrest and conviction of those responsible for illegally launching the Conficker malicious code on the Internet. We have a resource-packed...
  • Blue Skies

    The Seattle area is notorious for its darkness during the winter due to the combination of latitude and weather. (A little-known fact is that Seattle is farther north than the majority of the Canadian population - check the map !) Contrary to popular...
  • Refreshed Sysinternals TechCenter

    The Sysinternals TechCenter is one of the most popular TechCenters we have on TechNet, so I'm sure that many of you have seen this already, but this week we refreshed its look and feel. If you've never visited, take a look. There are some great, free...
  • Fifteen Years of Port 80

    In a few months, it will have been fifteen years since I set up my first web server on a spare Mac II at www.hsas.washington.edu using Mac httpd . (You can check Netcraft to see what it's running today.) The genesis of that box was frustration. Frustration...
  • New Microsoft Download Center

    Bits. You want 'em, we got 'em. And we serve 'em up from the Microsoft Download Center , which has just been refreshed with a great, new Silverlight home page. Take a peek. Chris FIN
  • Windows 7 Everywhere - Even on a Mac

    ars technica has a short article about installing the Windows 7 beta on a Mac . It's worth a look if you support multiple platforms. Chris FIN
  • More Frequent TechNet Home Page Updates

    Regular visitors to the TechNet home page might have noticed that we've been making more changes around the content we feature. Previously, we were featuring a variety of blogs at the top of the page, but we realized that the chance of a blog post...
  • Refreshed Windows Client TechCenter

    It's Spring, (well, here in the Seattle area, it was snowing this morning, so Winter isn't quite ready to release it's icy grip...) so it's time for Spring cleaning on TechNet! We've started with the Windows Client TechCenter . Notable changes:...
  • Refreshed Windows Server TechCenter

    Spring cleaning continues on TechNet with a refreshed Windows Server TechCenter ! Our big changes here include: A vertical left navigation strip that appears on every page of the site, exposing the most requested downloads and tasks We changed...
  • Videos, videos and more videos on TechNet

    Reading white papers, product documentation, blogs, forums or any other textual information can only go so far when you're trying to learn how to do something or get up to speed on a new technology. That's why we've been adding more and more video...
  • Featured TechNet Books

    With the geometric explosion of ever briefer (hello, Twitter !) electronic resource materials the past few years, you might think the need for long-form books is declining. Think again. From ancient history's clay tablets to today's print on demand...
  • SQL Server 2008 SP1 is Now Available

    Good coverage at the Data Platform Insider and PSS SQL Server Engineers blogs, and as always, product documentation is in the TechNet Library . Chris FIN
  • Happy Earth Day from TechNet Magazine

    In honor of Earth Day, TechNet magazine has released an online-only edition, with articles around reducing energy consumption in the data center and other ways you can do more with less. Check it out at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/default...
  • Sunny days and disasters - get prepared!

    The sun is shining here in the Seattle area today, and for some reason, it got me thinking about disaster recovery. I guess I'm weird that way, but then I have dreams about command lines from time to time. Anyway, thinking about how to recover from...
  • Running Win 7 Beta? Time to upgrade to the RC!

    Starting July 1, the beta will start to reboot every 2 hours and then expire on August 1st. If you want the RC, you'll only be able to download it until August 15th. Download the Windows 7 RC today! Chris FIN
  • Windows Phone 7 Series Unveiled!

    I changed gigs at Microsoft last June by joining the Windows Phone team. We've been pretty quiet up until Monday, when we unveiled the Windows Phone 7 Series. My new role is on the developer documentation team, and I'll be able to talk more about how...
  • When coax ruled the world (or, your humble author enters the scene)

    I used to work at the Univeristy of Washington (UW) for a guy named Stan who was a home brewing and bungee jumping nut . He also was pretty darn good at TCP/IP networking. When Stan wasn't busy slurping on his ramen noodles, (they were inexpensive and...
  • The new Windows Client TechCenter

    Sometimes you go looking for projects that you can sink your teeth into and sometimes projects sink their teeth into you . After many hard weeks of toil, I can finally unclench my jaws and put a wound sealer (inside MSFT joke) on my posterior . I ...
  • TechEd Redux

    What a week! It’s always great to be able to get out and talk with you folks face-to-face to get raw, unedited input, and TechEd IT Pro was no exception. :-) I spoke with close to 40 people while I was in the booth, and a few others on the show...
  • New Microsoft Office Project Portfolio Server TechCenter

    Yesterday we launched the new Microsoft Office Project Portfolio Server TechCenter . Take a look! We've linked to it from our Office System page, Office System Products page, main TechNet Products and Technologies page, Project Server TechCenter...
  • New Exchange Hosted Services TechCenter

    Tuesday we launched a new Exchange Hosted Services TechCenter underneath the Microsoft Online TechCenter . We've incorporated more content in the following areas: Blogs Community Links 'Expert' Resource Links Forums Webcasts and Video...
  • From 3.5 million TechNet Search Results to 9 in Four Easy Steps

    TechNet and search. Hey, we know you mostly use Google to look for things on TechNet and hit the back button to go back to Google if you didnt' find what you were looking for, and that you do this over and over and over until you find what you're looking...
  • SQL Server 2008 Tech and Developer Centers Updated for Release!

    Big news! SQL Server 2008 has been released, and we have updated the TechCenter and the Developer Center to match. Key updated pages are: TechNet · SQL Server home: http://technet.microsoft.com/sqlserver/default.aspx · SQL...
  • Speaking of TechNet/MSDN search...

    I did a post a few weeks ago about search scoping using the TechNet/MSDN search engine to highlight how we are continually improving our search engine for TechNet and MSDN. Chris Slemp has an interesting post on the results of asking 12 IT Pros and...