Simon May

Client and cloud

September, 2010

  • How to migrate from IE6 to IE8

    IE8 logo

    A couple of days ago I blogged about how you shouldn’t be slowing down your migration plans to wait for IE9.  DON’T WAIT.  Go to IE8 life will be easier for you.

    If you’re looking for great advice on the IE6 to IE8 migration then this Springboard live event is probably for you:

    Migrating from Windows® Internet Explorer® 6 on Windows® XP to Internet Explorer 8 on Windows® 7:Strategy, Standards, and Support

    Go to the site and register and it’ll drop into your calendar for tomorrow at 9am PST (thats 4pm GMT)  after the event it will be available on demand.

  • A Steady State for PCs that don’t change

    There are times when you don’t want things to change, things are setup just so and those pesky users keep changing things.  It could be when you need kiosk machines, say at en event or in an internet cafe or in a school classroom or lab.  In XP and Vista we had a tool called Steady Sate that made it easy to revert changes to before the users had used the PC.  Windows 7 doesn’t include this so we’ve created guidance to help use the tools at your disposal to provide a steady state, that’s group policy and other free tools.

    I’m not going to go through the white paper in depth but Stephen L Rose, who’s going to be in Reading November 1st for the Springboard tour, has the low down.  Check out his post for details but if you want the whitepaper immediately it’s here.

  • Springboard tour UK–Free deployment training for Win7 and Office 2010

    Springboard Series Tour

    Springboard is the place to find great resources for Windows 7 and Office 2010 deployment (as well as my blog obviously!)  The Springboard team will be hitting the campus Reading in the UK on November 1st to talk about:

    • Riding the Windows 7 and Office 2010 Wave
    • Office 2010 Investments for IT
    • Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Application Compatibility in 30 Minutes
    • Application Virtualization and Deployment
    • Moving from XP and Office 2003 to Windows 7 and Office 2010 – A Deep Dive into MDT and P2V
    • Desktop Management and Support

    All wrapped up with a panel Q&A.  There will be lunch and coffee obviously as well as the rare opportunity to talk to the gang.  You’ll need to register for the event here

    I’m really excited about this event, so the first three people to register and tweet me @simonster will get a copy of Windows 7 Pocket Consultant when I see you at the event!

  • IT Pros and IE9 what should you do


    There’s a lot going on with Internet Explorer at the moment with the IE9 Beta having just launched and you might be wondering what the best course of action is for your business.  Well we just published some guidance on what to do, but I’ll summarise it for you.  Roll out the Windows Optimized Desktop: Windows 7 with IE 8, Office 2010 and Silverlight using the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) to help.

    What you shouldn’t do is wait for Internet Explorer 9 or delay your rollout in any way.  Why? 

    Because your business will loose out in the short term when it could be making strides in efficiency.  And everyone* loves Windows 7 as this lifehacker poll shows.  And also, there will always be v-next.

    Internet Explorer 8 is a great browser for the corporate desktop, it’s secure, it’s manageable and it’s really easy to roll out.  It will also be easy to move to IE9 when you have IE8 rolled out and we’ll have tools when we go to full release to help with that migration and additional group policy settings to help with management.  I’m reminded of iconic “Don’t Panic, Carry on” posters, mugs and other tut.

    That said, evaluate everything with IE9 starting now – there’s no need to wait to make sure stuff works, like your intranet sites, it’s a pay it forward exercise.  Get to know HTML5 and other improvements and if you need to test sites along side IE8 then you can use the Platform Preview (version 5 was released at the same time as Beta)

    *everyone is hyperbole but most people do

  • Free learning

    XP mode is one of the tools in your armoury for deploying Windows 7 if you want to learn more about it check out this: Installing, Configuring, and Managing Windows XP Mode.  It’s official courseware for Implementing and Managing Microsoft Desktop Virtualization and it’s a great introduction to the technology.

    For more of this stuff you might want to check out Springboard.