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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 Virtual Roundtable Q&A: Part Two

    As noted in our previous post , our recent Springboard Series Virtual Roundtable— Windows 7: To the Beta and Beyond —with Mark Russinovich resulted in numerous viewer-generated questions on the Windows 7 Beta release that the panel was unable to address, given time limitations. Here is the second batch...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Beta Expiration Correction

    Over the weekend, some of you may have received an email from us reminding you that “the Windows 7 Beta expires on August 1st, 2009. In that email, we ask that if you are still on the Windows 7 Beta that you should consider moving to a “non-expired” copy of Windows such as the Windows 7 RC or Windows...
  • 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: Windows 7 Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.5: Interview with Jeremy Chapman

    Hello again from Redmond. Let’s talk compatibility – a big component of any operating system deployment project is knowing what applications, hardware and devices your users have and whether they will work on the new OS. With Windows 7 approaching fast, Windows Senior Community Manager Stephen Rose sat...
  • 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: Plan Ahead for Windows 7 Beta and RC Expiration Dates

    Attention Windows 7 Beta and Release Candidate (RC) testers! To avoid interruption, you’ll need to start planning now to rebuild your test machines using a valid version of Windows before the software expires. Windows will notify you that the expiration process is beginning and two weeks later your PC...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Deployment Tools Interview with Jeremy Chapman, Part 1

    We see the Springboard Series blog as a place to communicate important information and updates for desktop and laptop-focused IT professionals—what you need to know to effectively perform your job. Now on to a discussion on Windows 7, and what you’ll want to know as you begin looking at your application...
  • Blog Post: Springboard Series Virtual Roundtable on June 18th

      Windows 7 Application Compatibility: Your Questions Answered (Part 1) Date: Thursday, June 18 Time: 11:00am Pacific Time https://ms.istreamplanet.com/springboard Windows 7, is approaching fast and from the application standpoint is very similar to Windows Vista. We’re going to examine Windows...
  • 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: TechEd 2008: Windows Vista and the Road to Windows 7

    Hola from TechEd 2008 IT Professionals in Barcelona! Tuesday marked the first public overview to IT professionals of several new features in Windows 7, providing greater security and manageability for remote and local PCs, while improving on the fundamentals of performance and reliability. There were...
  • Blog Post: Are Your PCs Ready For Windows 7?

    When planning for migration to Windows 7, specific knowledge about each computer on the network and its readiness for migration is essential. Manually conducting a detailed network inventory is time consuming and costly; and existing assessment management tools typically require software agent installation...
  • 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 7 Virtual Roundtable Q&A: Part One

    In our recent Springboard Series Virtual Roundtable— Windows 7: To the Beta and Beyond —with Mark Russinovich, we fielded numerous questions on the Windows 7 Beta release that the panel was unable to address, given time limitations. As promised, we have collected these questions and will be providing...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Deployment Tools Interview with Jeremy Chapman, Part 2

    Before we dive into part two of our interview with Jeremy Chapman, Windows Senior Product Manager, on new image management and deployment technologies in Windows 7, we want to remind you to join Mark Russinovich for a Virtual Roundtable discussion on Windows 7, airing live on February 12, 2009 at 11...