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  • Blog Post: Got questions for our Windows 7 Springboard Series Virtual Roundtable? Here’s your chance.

    I wanted to take a moment to offer our blog readers a direct invitation to submit questions for our upcoming Virtual Roundtable Windows 7: To the Beta and Beyond , airing live February 12, 2009 at 11:00am Pacific Standard time. The panel will be answering questions live during the show; any questions...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 RC is available for TechNet and MSDN subscribers to download

    We are pleased to announce that the Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) is available for immediate download to our TechNet and MSDN subscribers. If you’re not a TechNet Plus subscriber, please click here to learn about the benefits of becoming one. Windows 7 RC will be made available to the general public...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Beta Has Officially Launched!

    After much anticipation, Microsoft has now made Windows 7 Beta available for evaluation and testing to IT professionals! For TechNet subscribers, you can download Windows 7 Beta today here . On January 9th , the beta will open to all IT professionals on the Springboard Series for Windows 7 . In fact...
  • Blog Post: The Infrastructure Planning and Design team has released a new guide: Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization.

    This guide outlines the critical infrastructure design elements that will help ensure a successful implementation of Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V). This guide walks you through the four-step process of designing components, layout, and connectivity in a logical, sequential order...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Release Candidate Available for Immediate Download

    We are pleased to announce that Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) is available for immediate download to the general public here . Windows 7 Ultimate is the Release Candidate edition; it is available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions in English, French, Japanese, German, and Spanish. To learn more about Windows...
  • Blog Post: Beta 1 for Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization 1.0 (MED-V) is now available

    It’s been a busy week for beta software downloads—we had a tremendous response to the Windows 7 Beta, to the point where we needed to add server capacity just to keep up! And if you haven’t downloaded the Windows 7 Beta yet, you can still do so here . Right on the heels of Windows 7 is the Beta 1 for...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2009 is Now Available

    MDOP 2009 includes MED-V 1.0, App-V 4.5 CU1 and AIS 1.5 Updates I wanted to let you know that Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2009 is now available for purchase to Software Assurance customers. MDOP 2009 includes the first release of Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V 1.0)...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Release Candidate of Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

    As you probably know, the Windows Client team has been developing Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, representing our commitment to continuous improvement. Last week, on February 25, the Release Candidate (RC) was made available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers; this week we’re...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Beta Program Updates

    Response to the beta has been fantastic, and we now have more than enough customers enrolled in the Beta to provide the feedback that Engineering needs to finish the product. Because interest in the beta is so high, we have decided to extend availability of the beta through the Customer Preview Program...
  • Blog Post: New deployment tools available for Windows 7 Beta!

    We know many of you have downloaded the Windows 7 Beta (enough to overwhelm our servers!), and are likely putting the new operating system through its paces. Now that you’ve had a chance to explore the new UI and some of the advanced end-user features, it might be time to begin working with the management...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Beta Update Tests Begin February 24, 2009

    As part of the regular beta testing cycle, the Windows 7 Engineering team will be releasing “test updates” to Windows Update. Users of beta build 7000 will receive notification of the “test update,” but it will not install automatically. While these test updates will not contain any fixes or features...
  • Blog Post: Windows Service Pack Blocker Toolkit

    Here’s an update for those of you who have installed the Service Pack Blocker Tool for Windows XP or Windows Vista. This code temporarily prevents the installation of a service pack through Windows Update, typically for one year after general availability of the service pack. The expiration date for...
  • Blog Post: Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 is Released to Manufacturing

    Today we are proud to announce the Release to Manufacturing of Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. Service Pack 2 (SP2) represents the latest step in Microsoft’s commitment to continuous improvement. It includes all of the updates that have been delivered since SP1, as well as support...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista SP2 - What's Inside? What's Important?

    With today's launch of the Customer Preview Program (CPP) for Windows Vista® Service Pack 2 (SP2) , we wanted to provide a brief synopsis of the elements in this service pack, and encourage you to download and test this release. Windows Vista SP2 is a traditional service pack release with all cumulative...