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  • Blog Post: Windows 7 pricing and availability announced

      Windows 7 pricing and availability has just been announced, along with a couple nice benefits to help put you into Windows 7 at half the price . First, Windows 7 will be rolling out on new PCs starting October 22nd. But starting tomorrow if you buy a new PC from a participating retailer you'll...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Live, eh?

    Want a chance to learn more about Windows 7? What about RTM, Direct Access, AppLocker, Mobility, BranchCache? Then you won’t want to miss this opportunity. I will be in Vancouver, Winnipeg and Calgary speaking to IT pros on Windows 7. Bring your friends, come with your questions and most of all, come...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Enterprise 90 Day Evaluation Now Available

    These are the fun blog posts for me—I get the honor of announcing the availability of a resource so many of you have been asking for—a Windows Enterprise Trial edition you can use to continue testing Windows 7 in your own environment is now available from the Springboard Series on TechNet ! Many IT pros...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 + You = Your Success Story = Dell Latitude E4300 – Microsoft’s Partner Video Contest

    Excited about the experiences you’re having with the Windows 7 Release Candidate operating system? Been thinking about what Windows 7 can do for your customers and your business? Create a short 4-minutes video that tells your Windows 7 story. Submit it to DigitalForumTV.com using this contest code: W7PVC...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Group Policy Settings In Internet Explorer 8

    This weeks post is from Carl Luberti, a Senior Support Escalation Engineer with the Internet Explorer team. To start, I wanted to address that Internet Explorer 8 has over 1300 Group Policy entries that can be configured, which is great for keeping your environment managed and safe. That can also create...
  • Blog Post: New On TechNet Edge - AlignIT IT Manager Podcast #30 - Straight Talk about Windows 7

    Click to hear the podcast I did with Ruth Morton while in Canada a few months back.   In this episode of the AlignIT IT Manager Podcast, I talk separately with Rob Geller, Microsoft’s Senior Product Manager for Windows Client, and Stephen Rose, Microsoft’s Senior Community Manager for Windows Client...
  • Blog Post: The Windows 7 Summit – In New York and Atlanta in June!

    Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 will revolutionize the way we manage Windows environments. This is the greatest Windows platform, ever... Are you prepared? During a full day technical event you'll learn to master the new features, all presented by leading computer industry experts. Meet the team...
  • Blog Post: Get On The Bus Tour Presentation

    Some of you had asked for the presentation I used on the Bus Tour.   Thank you again all of you who attended the sessions. Bus Tour Windows 7 Deck (Full) View more presentations from Stephen L Rose .
  • Blog Post: Understanding Activation and Validation in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

    6/26/09- 11:00am PT Duration: 11:00 am- 12:00 pm Title: TechNet Webcast: Understanding Activation and Validation in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032418316&Culture=en-US 300 Level Abstract: Learn how volume activation supports new...
  • 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: The Windows 7 RC is AVAILABLE!

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

    Thank you Vancouver for a great time last night. You guys were great. As promised, here is the deck from last nights presentation. Feel free to email me with any questions!   Canada Windows 7 Tour View more presentations from Stephen L Rose .
  • Blog Post: Windows Release Candidate

    You have all been asking so here it is. The RC will be available to TechNet+ and MSDN+ subscribers on April 30th and to the general public on May 5th. To download the bits, go to www.microsoft.com/springboard on the 5th.   After you download the RC, let me know what you think and if you love it...
  • Blog Post: Springboard Windows 7 Deployment Learning Portal

    We are delighted to announce the world wide release of the Springboard Windows 7 Deployment Learning Portal on TechNet.  The Springboard Deployment Learning Portal is an online assessment and learning tool, designed to help IT Pros identify their knowledge strengths and information gaps around Windows...
  • Blog Post: The Springboard Series Tour–Free Microsoft Windows, Office and MDOP Deployment Workshops

    Amsterdam - 25 Oct | Stockholm – 27 Oct | Helsinki – 29 Oct | Reading – 1 Nov | Rome – 3 Nov | Vienna – 4 Nov The Microsoft Get On the Bus Tour is taking a winter hiatus to bring you a new tour – the Springboard Series Tour: Microsoft Windows, Office and MDOP Deployment Workshops!  Amsterdam marks...
  • Blog Post: Missed Our Application Compatibility Virtual Roundtable?

    Did our VRT wrap-up post wet your appetite for more? Looking to learn about virtualization as a application compatibility tool? No need to worry if you missed the live event as the is now available to stream or download here . Windows 7 Application Compatibility Part 2: Virtualization In part two of...
  • Blog Post: Want to win a free copy of Windows 7 ultimate and a Windows 7 T-shirt?

    Want a chance to win a copy of Windows 7 Ultimate when it becomes available in Oct? How about a cool Windows 7 T-shirt? Fill out this quick survey for a chance to win. Hurry, survey closes early next week. Click here to get to the survey:  http://is.gd/Z2Te
  • Blog Post: Piloting Windows 7- Part 2 : Initial Project Planning for a Windows 7 Pilot

    Continuing the series with our guest blogger, Jeremy Chapman. As with any IT project, the first part of planning is about building a plan. There are several things you’ll want to accomplish with a pilot and depending on your organization, the importance of each validation area will vary. I think of the...
  • Blog Post: The Get On The Bus Tour Comes To Philadelphia

    Yesterday, Microsoft’s Get On The Bus tour came to Philadelphia, PA. We got to see the sites, try some Cheesesteak sandwiches and meet with some amazing IT pros, We even got to meet the Mayor of Philadelphia, Michael Nutter. It was a great stop with many more to come. If you in DC, Charlotte, Richmond...
  • Blog Post: Improving Your Image: Sector-Based, File-Based, and Sysprep - What Makes the Most Sense? Part 2: The Pros and Cons.

    Welcome to blog number two in the series where we’ll look at file-based images versus sector-based images. We’ve already done the tools primer and defined the terms again in the last blog post . Now we actually get some real work done by comparing the “tried-and-true approach” of sector-based images...
  • Blog Post: MGX Update

    Joining us at MGX? My friend and coworker in Redmond, M3 Sweat (twitter- @M3sweat) offers a great post titled Surviving MGX Atlanta 2009: A few helpful hints to help you get here and get around. What have I learned? Day One Some cool first looks at Windows Live. Cool stuff coming! Watch for more seamless...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Release Candidate Now Available for Download

    We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of the release candidate of MDT 2010.  This release contains numerous bug fixes since MDT 2010 Beta 2. MDT 2010 RC has been tested and will work with Windows 7 RTM and Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM as well as all previously supported operating systems...
  • Blog Post: Understanding XP Mode

    After we announced Windows XP Mode, I sat down again with Jeremy Chapman at the Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas to find out what he thought about Windows XP Mode as a solution for solving application compatibility issues. Stephen Rose: Hi Jeremy, seems like I’m interviewing you a lot lately...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming STEP Events

    Looking to learn more about Windows 7? Want to connect with IT pros like yourself? Here are some opportunities to do so:     John Baker – STEP member and Microsoft Evangelist GA, Alpharetta - June 11, 2009   1PM-5PM PA, Pittsburgh - June 17, 2009   1PM-5PM PA, Malvern - ...
  • Blog Post: Piloting Windows 7 - Part 1: Intro and Targeting Users for the Pilot

    We once again welcome guest blogger, Jeremy Chapman. Now that I’ve written the most informal white paper ever published about operating system deployment , I’ve been inundated with requests to talk about piloting Windows 7. There were some excellent resources written in the Windows Vista timeframe from...