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April, 2009

  • New Windows 7 Learning Snacks (short videos) now available

    Just a heads up about the recent posting of more new Learning Snacks for Windows 7. Learning Snacks are short, interactive presentations delivered via Silverlight. Here are the new Windows 7 “snacks” for IT professionals: · Implementing User Account...
  • Download IIS Media Services 2.0 - 64-bit for IIS 7.0

    IIS Media Services is a set of media-related extensions for Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0 that provides an integrated HTTP-based media delivery platform. IIS Media Services 2.0 contains three extensions: Smooth Streaming – on-demand adaptive...
  • Upgrade SQL Server 2008 with Service Pack 1

    The SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 is now available. Primarily a roll-up of Cumulative Update 1 to 3, Quick Fix Engineering (QFE) updates, and fixes to issues reported through the SQL Server community, SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 also includes capabilities...
  • Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for April 2009

    For details on the security updates check this page . To download the updates directly and manage the updates, proceed to this page . And as always, PC users with Automatic Updates turned on will receive the updates automatically. More to...
  • Build a killer resume with Microsoft Office Online and Monster.com

    Microsoft has teamed with Monster.com to provide job seekers with access to Microsoft Office Online and the Office Online Career Center, a new all-in-one portal. Through the portal, users can find new opportunities from Monster’s job posting and career...
  • Run Windows XP Apps on Windows 7

    Check out the Windows Blog to learn about the new Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC. Windows XP Mode is a virtual Windows XP environment running under Windows Virtual PC which enables you to run many older productivity applications on a Windows 7...
  • The Win7 Taskbar .NET Sample Library—a must for app developers

    If you’ll be developing or migrating applications for Windows 7, the Windows 7 taskbar includes new functionality that you’ll need to understand to take full advantage of the new user experience. A great place to start is a recent post on the Windows...
  • Get ready for Windows 7 with the new Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) 5.5

    Just released today, ACT 5.5 allows you to assess and prepare your applications for Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8. With the new version you can also control information sent to the Compatibility Exchange, and label data collection packages by role...
  • SharePoint Designer 2007 is now free

    Office SharePoint Designer 2007 provides the tools you need to deliver compelling and attractive SharePoint sites and quickly build workflow-enabled applications and reporting tools on the SharePoint platform. Download the free Office SharePoint Designer...
  • New entry-level server platform for small businesses

    Microsoft expanded its Windows Server family today with the Windows Server 2008 Foundation , designed and priced for small businesses with 15 or fewer employees. Available through Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) only, pre-installed and ready to...
  • Migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7

    Some things need repeating. With the continued reporting about Windows XP users being left out in the cold when it comes to upgrading to Windows 7, here’s some warm information (not hot, since we’ve talked about this before) about using the latest...
  • Protecting mobile workers with Windows 7 security

    The Windows Security Blog features a great high-level look by Paul Cooke at the security features in Windows 7 that help mobile workers access the information they need to be productive. He describes the benefits of Windows 7 support for multiple active...
  • A new way to protect inbound and outbound e-mail

    Microsoft today is rolling out Microsoft Forefront Online Security for Exchange , part of the Business Ready Security strategy. Forefront Online Security for Exchange is a Microsoft Online Service which protects businesses’ inbound and outbound e-mail...
  • Microsoft Releases BizTalk Server 2009

    BizTalk Server 2009 delivers new capabilities to help customers more effectively integrate disparate systems, enhance end-to-end enterprise connectivity and more quickly exchange data across multiple platforms, resulting in increased efficiency and lower...
  • Microsoft Online Services available for purchase

    Microsoft announced today that the Business Productivity Online Standard Suite , part of the Microsoft Online Services, is available to businesses in 19 countries worldwide. The suite, including Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft SharePoint Online,...
  • Exchange Server 2010 Beta is ready

    The public beta of Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 , part of Microsoft's unified communications family, is now available. Exchange 2010 is the first server in a new generation of Microsoft server technology designed and developed to work on-premises and...
  • ServerQuest II now ready to play

    Check out ServerQuest II and prepare to be ushered into a world where the IT pro rules. As an IT Pro you’ll have to dig deep into your surroundings, solve puzzles, and uncover Easter Eggs and mini games that will help you inch your way closer to the prize...
  • Try the Exchange Remote Connectivity Analyzer service beta

    Verify that your Internet facing services are setup and configured properly with the new Exchange Remote Connectivity Analyzer . With the tool, you can remotely test the Exchange Active Sync, Outlook Anywhere and Inbound SMTP services. Each test simulates...
  • Two security must-haves, including "Stirling" Beta 2

    Evaluate Microsoft Forefront codename “Stirling” Beta 2 Microsoft Forefront codename “Stirling” is an integrated security suite that delivers protection across endpoint, servers and the edge that is easier to manage and control. By delivering simplified...
  • Updated Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack now available

    MDOP customers can now get updates with the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack 2009 . MDOP 2009 includes the first release of Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V 1.0), a Cumulative Update to Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V...
  • Updated preview of .NET Services SDK available

    Microsoft .NET Services, part of the Azure Services Platform, are a set of Microsoft-hosted, highly scalable, developer-oriented services that provide key building blocks required by many cloud-based and cloud-aware applications. Released yesterday, the...
  • How to get the Windows 7 Release Candidate

    The Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) is now available for immediate download if you are one of our TechNet and MSDN subscribers. If you’re not a TechNet Plus subscriber, please click here to learn about the benefits of becoming one. They are many, in...
  • 2007 Microsoft Office system SP2 now available

    Microsoft today announced the availability of Service Pack 2 (SP2) for the 2007 Microsoft Office system. The update includes major performance enhancements for Office applications, most notably Microsoft Office Outlook and Microsoft Office SharePoint...
  • Happy Earth Day, go green with TechNet Magazine

    TechNet Magazine has published a special online-only Green IT issue for IT professionals. It’s chock-full of the tools and techniques to help you start taking the steps toward a more environmentally sustainable IT environment. Learn how to plan your Green...
  • Operations Manager 2007 R2 Release Candidate (RC) now available

    Evaluate the Operations Manager 2007 R2 Release Candidate and see the new and enhanced capabilities, including: · Monitoring capabilities for Unix and Linux servers and workloads · The ability to report on service levels across IT availability...