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June, 2009

  • Sign up for Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 Beta 2

    The newly released Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 Beta 2 will help you prepare for your Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 deployments. MDT 2010 is the next version of the Solution Accelerator for operating system and application deployment...
  • Pre-Order Windows 7 today and save half

    Windows 7 is coming on October 22, 2009 and you can pre-order Windows 7 today at the Microsoft Store . You'll get it for at least half off and that translates into $49.99 for the Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade and $99.99 for the Windows 7 Professional...
  • Which enterprise search product is right for you?

    Whether you're just getting started with enterprise search or need the scale to support the most demanding search challenges, the Microsoft Enterprise Search site has put together a great comparison table outlining the three enterprise search products...
  • The rundown on Windows 7 pricing

    Heading toward general availability on October 22, Microsoft today revealed some great news in the pricing for Windows 7; the most popular retail product, the Home Premium Upgrade, will be reduced by approximately 10% (depending on the market), compared...
  • Join Hohm and save energy

    It’s not an enterprise app but, hey, it’s summer and that AC at home could be spiking your energy costs more than you think. Microsoft Startup Business Accelerator group has brought out a free online beta application called Hohm, which gives you personalized...
  • Check out the Microsoft Security Essentials Beta

    The Microsoft Security Essentials Beta is now available for download . You’ll get protection against viruses and spyware, including Trojans, worms and other malicious software. And best of all, there are no costs or annoying subscriptions to keep track...
  • Still on Windows 7 Beta? Time to move to the RC

    Just a reminder that the Windows 7 Beta trial is winding down fast. The trail period ends July 1, 2009, at which time your beta will start to reboot every 2 hours and expire completely on August 1, 2009. There is still time to get the Windows 7 RC download...
  • Get the Windows Server Hyper-V Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007

    Now available via the Downloads Center, the Windows Server Hyper-V Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 supports monitoring of Windows Server Hyper-V systems. This includes monitoring coverage of Hyper-V host servers, including critical...
  • Version 1.1 of Windows Optimized Desktop Scenarios now available

    This Solution Accelerator includes the following components: Windows Optimized Desktop Scenarios Assessment v1.1 (a guide) Windows Optimized Desktop Scenario Selection Tool v1.1 The new version of this Solution Accelerator updates both the...
  • Free Microsoft Office Communications Server E-Book Offer

    Take advantage of this offer while it lasts. Microsoft Press is offering Programming for Unified Communications with Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 for free until June 24, 2009. The step-by-step programming scenarios show you how to...
  • Compare the features of Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 and Windows XP SP3

    Download this comparison chart that shows the features that IT pros care about across the three latest versions of the client operating system. This handy charted categorizes the features around file organization and search, remote access, security and...
  • Bing helps companies filter explicit images

    The Bing Community Search Blog announced that potentially explicit images and video content will now be coming from a separate single domain, explicit.bing.net. This is invisible to the user, but allows for filtering of that content by domain which makes...
  • New Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Management Pack available for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2

    You can now download the new Exchange Server 2007 Management Pack and get an extensive set of monitoring, including synthetic transactions to effectively monitor Exchange 2007 and report on performance, availability, and reliability of its server roles...
  • Download Forefront Threat Management Gateway Beta 3

    The Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway is a e secure Web gateway solution that helps protect employees from threats on the Web with enterprise-class anti-malware scanning and blocking, URL filtering (new in Forefront TMG Beta 3), web proxy...
  • Microsoft receives Advanced+ rating in AV–Comparatives’ anti-virus test

    The results of AV-Comparatives’ Anti-Virus Comparative test show that Microsoft’s anti-virus offering is one of the best for proactive detection. In the independent test, which measured 16 anti-virus vendors, Microsoft anti-virus received one of only...
  • Take advantage of the new Microsoft Exchange Server Training Portal

    Check out the newly launched Microsoft Exchange Server Training Portal for training resources around both Exchange Server 2010 and Exchange Server 2007. Find a new suite of Exchange Server 2010 training resources designed to clearly differentiate technology...
  • Incredible Deal on TechNet Plus Direct subscriptions

    TechNet Flash US readers are being offered an incredible end-of-fiscal-year deal on a TechNet Plus Direct subscription. Get 12 months for just $249 (that’s an unbeatable $100 off the reg. $349 price) through July 3, 2009. Visit http://technet.microsoft...
  • Another reason to try out IE8: help feed America

    If you haven’t given Windows Internet Explorer 8 a whirl yet, now would be great time. With its Browser for the Better program, Microsoft is donating eight meals to Feeding America for every download of IE8. Help accelerate an end to hunger in this country...
  • Register for the Upcoming CTP of SQL Server 2008 R2

    Microsoft in the second half of 2009 will offer a Community Technology Preview (CTP) of SQL Server 2008 R2. Sign up now to receive an email notification of the availability of the CTP and, while you are there, check out the new features planned for the...
  • Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for June 2009

    This bulletin summary lists security bulletins released for June 2009. More to come, Mitch Subscribe to the TechNet Flash newsletter Follow us on Twitter
  • New Guide: SharePoint Online—Evaluating Software-plus-Services

    The Infrastructure Planning and Design team has released a new guide: SharePoint Online—Evaluating Software-plus-Services . If you are considering an online solution for your organization’s collaboration services, this new guide presents a clear comparison...
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 RC now available

    System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2008 R2 Release Candidate is now available for public download. The R2 is the latest upgrade to VMM 2008 and enables consolidation of physical servers, rapid provisioning of new virtual machines and unified...
  • See the new backup features in Windows Server 2008 R2

    This short video on TechNet Edge highlights some of the new backup features that arrive with the RC version of Windows Server 2008 R2 including: The ability to backup System State as a separate job as well as the ability to do incremental System...
  • Try the new Microsoft Automated Troubleshooting Services

    Here’s a very handy new online service that could get you out of some jams, or just save you time fixing other people’s problems: The recently-launched Microsoft Automated Troubleshooting Services . With one click, Microsoft can detect problems on your...
  • Download the New IIS SEO Toolkit Beta

    If you are a Web developer or administrator, improving your website’s relevance in search results is a big deal, and to aid in that endeavor, Microsoft is offering the IIS Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Toolkit Beta . The IIS SEO Toolkit includes the...