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July, 2009

  • Redistributing the workload after a layoff

    If your company recently went through a series of layoffs, you’re probably faced with the problem of how to redistribute the workload to effectively maintain the same quality of work while avoiding stoppages. You need and action play and the Microsoft...
  • Windows Server User Research wants your feedback

    Windows Server User Research wants to understand how you manage servers and what needs to improve in our software. Help them out and receive a retail Microsoft software or hardware item for participating. If your company has at least 500 PCs and offices...
  • Windows Sysinternals Process Monitor Update

    If you’re a regular user of the Windows Sysinternals system utilities, there is some significant news around Process Monitor . First off, the venerable Filemon and Regmon utilities will be replaced by the more advanced and scalable Process Monitor. They...
  • Get the Microsoft Security Update Guide and Microsoft Office Visualization Tool

    Want to better understand and use Microsoft security release information, processes, communications, and tools? Download the new Microsoft Security Update Guide for IT professionals, designed to help you manage organizational risk and develop a repeatable...
  • The other big RTM: Windows Server 2008 R2

    Not to be forgotten in the well-deserved excitement around the RTM milestone for Windows 7, the simultaneous Windows Server 2008 R2 release to manufacturing goes hand-in-hand with Windows 7, especially for IT professionals. Get the skinny on how this...
  • When can you get your hands on Windows 7 RTM?

    The answer to that question is “sooner than you might think.” The Windows Team Blog has posted details on when customers will be able to download the RTM (Release to Manufacturing) bits, and the availability depends on who you are. For instance...
  • New: Windows 7 Upgrade Paths

    For a quick view of the supported and unsupported upgrade paths for Windows 7 SKUs, download the Windows 7 Upgrade Paths document which outlines possible upgrade scenarios from older versions of Windows. For a Web version of this document, see Windows...
  • Microsoft contributes open source Linux drivers for Hyper-V

    Microsoft announced today that it has contributed 20,000 lines of code to the Linux kernel community. The code contribution, a Linux device driver, will be published on CodePlex , and will be immediately available to the Linux Community and customers...
  • Just released: Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 Beta

    Windows Home Server is getting ready for Windows 7. The Windows Home Server team has announced the Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 Beta which provides backup and restore of computers running Windows 7, Windows 7 Libraries integration, enhancements for...
  • Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides updated for Windows Server 2008 R2

    The following guides in the Infrastructure Planning and Design series have been updated to reflect new features and capabilities available in Windows Server 2008 R2: Active Directory Domain Services Internet Information Services 7.5 File Services...
  • Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway 2010 (UAG) Beta now available

    This beta brings together many remote access technologies, including DirectAccess , SSL VPN, Remote Desktop, Web publishing, etc. under one user/admin experience. That means you can provide access to every type of user from virtually every location while...
  • Take part in the Code7 Contest to win $17,777 plus prizes

    Build an original, consumer-oriented client application that runs natively on Windows 7 and enter the Code 7 Windows 7 Developer Contest to be eligible for prizes, including a trip to PDC09 in Los Angeles and a grand prize of $17,777. Download the...
  • What it means when Windows 7 reaches RTM

    The Windows 7 Team blog has posted a great update which describes what happens once Windows 7 hits that all-important milestone, Release to Manufacturing (RTM). See the blog post to read about the nuances of RTM, but here’s the gist of what to expect...
  • Win a Surface unit with The Microsoft Surface Developer Challenge

    Now it’s your chance to develop a Microsoft Surface application and win you own Microsoft Surface Developer unit. The Microsoft Surface Developer Challenge isn’t about retro-fitting existing applications for Microsoft Surface. The challenge starts and...
  • Office 2010 reaches Technical Preview; get a sneak peak at SharePoint 2010

    Microsoft announced today that Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, Microsoft Visio 2010 and Microsoft Project 2010 have reached the technical preview engineering milestone. Sign up here to be considered for the Technical Preview Program...
  • Silverlight 3 and Expression 3 released today

    Microsoft today rolled out Silverlight 3 and Expression 3 , which together form a highly collaborative development and design environment that simplifies the process of delivering engaging user experiences. New features in Silverlight 3 and Expression...
  • Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 Beta 2 has launched

    For those who didn’t sign up in advance last week for notification on the availability of the MDT 2010 Beta 2, just click here to get the toolkit . If you are already a member, click here . MDT 2010 is the next version of Microsoft Deployment Toolkit...
  • Microsoft SQL Services to become Microsoft SQL Azure

    The Data Platform Insider reports that Microsoft is updating the branding for SQL Services and SQL Data Services to Microsoft SQL Azure, and Microsoft SQL Azure Database, respectively. Expect more news and updates related to the Software + Services strategy...
  • Service Update coming for Microsoft Online Services

    The Microsoft Online Services team has targeted the next Service Update for Microsoft Online Services to be available by mid-July. The Service Update for July 2009 began deployment into production data centers yesterday. The Service Update for July...
  • New From the Windows Sysinternals Team

    · ProcDump v1.0 -- This new command-line utility is aimed at capturing process dumps of otherwise difficult to isolate and reproduce CPU spikes. It also serves as a general process dump creation utility and can also monitor and generate process dumps...
  • Enterprises to get IE8 via Windows Server Update Services next month

    If your organization uses Windows Server Update Services, Internet Explorer 8 will be made available as an update rollup starting August 25, 2009. If you have WSUS configured to auto-approve update rollup packages, IE8 will install automatically on computers...
  • How to save time with Internet Explorer 8

    It’s true. New Accelerators for Internet Explorer 8, found at the Internet Explorer 8 Add-ons Gallery , can actually saves you time and clicks, so you get things done more quickly. To showcase how this is possible, the Windows Experience Blog is featuring...