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February Live Webcasts from Microsoft
TechNet Webcast: Network Considerations for Deploying Communications Server 2007 R2 (Level 300) Tuesday, February 02, 2010 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time Desmond Lee, Senior Consultant, Winworkers Switzerland http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032439126&Culture=en-US...
25 Jan 2010
Sky Player on Windows 7 Media Center
Sky Player, Sky’s online TV service launches on Windows 7 creating a new and innovative way for people in the UK to watch live and on demand TV from Sky on a PC. The service is simple and easy to use and gives Windows 7 users access to the wide range of high-quality live and on demand pay TV currently...
2 Dec 2009
Microsoft is Having a Big Patch Tuesday – Webcast Announced
For October we are releasing 13 bulletins (eight critical and five important), addressing 34 vulnerabilities, affecting Windows, Internet Explorer, Office, Silverlight, Forefront, Developer Tools, and SQL Server. Most of these updates require a restart so please factor that into your deployment planning...
9 Oct 2009
Windows Vista to Get “Ribbon-ized” with Free Update
ComputerWorld has a great article about Microsoft releasing a “Ribbon” patch for all Vista users. This patch will enable people to use applications that have been specifically built with Windows 7 Ribbon on Vista. “That plan seems to be in tatters now. Starting in October, application developers...
25 Aug 2009
iPhone 3GS, Project Natal, Palm Pre, ZuneHD, Windows 7 ZOOOOM!!!
ZOOOOOM!!! Technology is great! It’s like a having a one-night stand every week though it never tends to be as good as your first. Take Apple for instance with their iPhone 3GS announcement. Bigger, faster, cheaper is their game. Any real buzz they had with the product was...
12 Jun 2009
Shout Out to Tim Heuer Who Fixed PDF Preview in Windows 7
Here’s a feature that I’ve been missing. I hate opening PDF files. I prefer them in a preview pane either in Outlook or Explorer. Credit goes to Tim Heuer for putting this awesome plug-in out there and my colleague James O’Neill who’s blog I read first. Download PDF Preview
19 May 2009
Windows 7 Adds Virtual Wifi Adaptors…SkyNet is Here
Every week, there is some new RC feature that gets uncovered that I don’t seem to know about. I suppose that says how many little tiny features are actually built into Windows 7 or if you’re cynical, show’s how Microsoft communicates :) Virtual Wifi adaptors will allow wireless cards to essentially...
19 May 2009
Windows Virtual PC Beta Supports Aero in Windows 7 VM
I was testing out Windows Virtual PC that is used for “XP Mode” and decided to create some custom VMs for Windows 7 as a demo. I went into it knowing full well that many cool features of Windows 7 wouldn’t be demoable simply because 3D support in a VM environment isn’t support…or at least I thought...
13 May 2009
What is New in Windows 7 Volume Activation?
Edge has a really great video with Ram Rathnam, Director of Product Management for Windows Activation Technologies. Windows Vista introduced new activation concepts like Key Management Server (KMS) and Multiple Activation Key (MAK). From a conceptual view, these technologies are the same...
8 May 2009
Run Windows 7 RC For a Whole Year Free!
An interesting ComputerWorld article discusses how Microsoft will essentially allow users to use Windows 7 RC for 13 months from release so that early adopters can thoroughly test the software. For those familiar with the Vista launch, 13 months is a significant extension which expired on June...
30 Apr 2009
How TechNet/MSDN Subscribers Can Make a Windows 7 RC Bootable USB
Oh is RC out already? Well it is if you are an MSDN or TechNet Plus subscriber! Booting from DVDs are so last decade. If you want to install your RC copy with class, follow the instructions my buddy James O’Neill has posted on his blog . Make that 30 minute installation into a...
30 Apr 2009
Windows 7 RC Tweaks Explorer Address Bar
There has been a lot of press about the leaked Windows 7 RC. For the most part, the press and bloggers have been extremely positive. One very minor but significant tweak that I’ve found useful as an IT Pro has been full path display in the address bar. In Vista and Windows 7 Beta looked like...
29 Apr 2009
Windows 7 to Include “Windows XP Mode” for Application Compatibility
The Windows Product team have made a really smart decision to put in some effort around the Windows XP Virtual PC experience . This feature will is aimed at businesses that need to maintain XP compatibility with line-of-business applications. Essentially, prior to this feature announcement...
27 Apr 2009
Windows 7 to “Nag” 29% Less than Vista
Interesting article from ComputerWorld about UAC improvements and a reduction in prompts to the end-user by the operating system. “Among the changes Microsoft's made to UAC that will drive that decrease, Cooke cited several specific examples, then pointed to the new "slider bar" that will let...
23 Apr 2009
How to Upgrade Windows XP to Windows 7 Using USMT
In my earlier article I discussed a strategy about how to upgrade Windows XP machines to Windows 7 using an in-place method. My method essentially used Windows Vista as an interim OS. If done properly via automation and deployment tools, it would only add about an additional 30 minutes to...
10 Mar 2009
Need to Validate Windows 7 Application Compatibility? Use ACT 5.0
Microsoft releases a lot of free tools and high quality documentation for IT Pros. When I do presentations, I often urge people to refer to our TechNet database but more importantly to read our whitepapers. Microsoft whitepapers are not only highly prescriptive but are pragmatic in the way...
9 Mar 2009
Windows 7 Cuts Cord to Internet Explorer
Windows 7 Engineering today confirmed that that Windows 7 will allows users and IT Pros the ability to disable or turn-off IE8. Although IE will on by default, administrators who want to standardized on a different browser will be able to turn off the IE components. Read the Engineering 7...
7 Mar 2009
Windows 7 Feedback Stats That Will Make Your Mind Explode
Many of you reading my blog may have heard about the Windows 7 Engineering Blog . This is the blog that gives the everyone a unique peak into the world of Windows OS engineering. When a single product entails about 90% of the market, you can bet that every single feature, check box, and decision...
5 Mar 2009
How To Upgrade Windows XP to Windows 7 In-place
There has been a lot of noise about the fact that Microsoft is not providing an in-place upgrade for Windows XP users to Windows 7. This is ironic considering that during the Vista launch, I got laughed at every presentation for actually recommending an in-place upgrade to Vista. No one believed...
24 Feb 2009
Windows 7 SKUs Not That Bad But I Want Bitlocker Lite
http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2009/feb09/02-03Win7SKU-QA.mspx My initial reaction to this was very negative. Can Microsoft really “screw up” again? But the more I thought about it, more it became clear that if Microsoft pushes the marketing dollars in the right places, namely...
4 Feb 2009
Two Nerds Arguing About Windows 7
Did you ever wonder what it would sound like if two nerds were arguing about Windows XP vs. Vista vs. Windows 7? Neither did I, but by some satanic curse, I clicked on this ridiculous article on InfoWorld which is driving me crazy. It’s like watching a boxing match play by play except with...
22 Jan 2009
Toshiba Announces Windows Media Center Extender Support in TVs
My buddy James Senior has a quick post highlighting the new features in Windows 7 Media Center that was recently shown at CES. The I found most interesting was Toshiba’s announcement that they will integrate with Windows Media center with a range of TVs, LCDs, and network players. New Windows Media...
19 Jan 2009
Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts for Power Users
I read Tim Sneath’s blog and he had a massive post on some secrets in Windows 7 . He had some great tips around keyboard shortcuts so I thought I would consolidate them for everyone’s benefits. Taskbar Shortcuts In Windows 7, you now permanently pin applications to the bar, internally, we call...
14 Jan 2009
Windows 7 Training Videos
My good friend Jamie Burgess was kind enough to upload some great training videos around Windows 7 Beta. This growing list will be getting larger and larger over time as new features are exposed and discussed. Check our Youtube channel “ukdpe” and our blogs for interesting videos. 1. Peek...
12 Jan 2009
Windows 7 Battery Life Needs Manufacturers to Get On-board
Techradar has an excellent piece on the engineering efforts around Windows 7 battery life. Although the headline is definitely sensationalist and inaccurate, the meat of the article is quite good. An interesting paragraph describes how configuration settings are largely to blame around the...
28 Nov 2008
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