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October, 2009

  • Updated Microsoft Office Live Meeting console and Outlook add-in now available

    Version 8.0.6362.143 of the Office Live Meeting console and add-in brings improvements and fixes that include: · Improvements to text display on PPT slides in recordings · Users using IE browser with security setting is set to “Do not save encrypted...
  • Create VHD versions of physical disks with new Sysinternals utility

    The Windows Sysinternals team as brought out a new utility, called Disk2vhd, that creates VHD (Virtual Hard Disk - Microsoft’s Virtual Machine disk format) versions of physical disks for use in Microsoft Virtual PC or Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines...
  • OCS 2007 R2 XMPP Gateway released, new public instant messaging licensing benefits for OCS users

    The Microsoft Office Communications Server team has released at no additional licensing cost the Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 XMPP Gateway , which enables IM and presence communication between Office Communications Server 2007 R2 and...
  • Download the New eBook: “Deploying Windows 7”

    Free for limited time, this Microsoft Press eBook provides selected chapters with guidance from the Windows 7 Resource Kit and TechNet Magazine on deployment platforms, planning, testing application compatibility and more. As an added bonus, you'll also...
  • Download the new IDP Guide for DirectAccess

    The Infrastructure Planning and Design team has released the new IPD Guide for DirectAccess . This guide provides guidance for designing a DirectAccess infrastructure in an easy-to-follow, four-step process that explains the infrastructure required for...
  • Microsoft and Red Hat now support each other’s virtualized environments

    Microsoft and Red Hat have completed certification of their respective virtualized environments under the cooperative technical support agreement the two companies signed in February. That means both companies have tested, validated, and now will support...
  • Free MS Press e-book: “Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2”

    Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2, by Charlie Russel and Craig Zacker, is a great resource for learning about the new features of Windows Server 2008 R2 in the areas of virtualization, management, the Web application platform, scalability and reliability...
  • Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 RC ready for download

    Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 allows your users to use the Internet without worrying about malware and other threats. It provides multiple protection capabilities including URL filtering, antimalware inspection, intrusion prevention, application...
  • Download Antigen 8 for SharePoint Service Pack 1 and Antigen 8 for IM Service Pack 1

    The Forefront Server team announced that Antigen 8 for SharePoint Service Pack 1 and Antigen 8 for IM Service Pack 1 are now available for download. It is important for customers to upgrade to these service pack releases before the AV engine mix is changed...
  • Pre-release News: Introducing PowerPivot for Excel 2010

    Microsoft today took the wraps off PowerPivot for Excel 2010 and provided more details on the data-analysis BI add-in. Check here to learn how it will enable manipulation of large data sets and about the features for sharing Excel 2010 workbook apps through...
  • New release of Windows Client Monitoring Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007 now available

    The Windows Client Monitoring Management Pack has been updated with bug fixes for Vista MP and support for monitoring Windows 7. It can detect, diagnose, and resolve hardware and software problems pertaining for computers running Windows Client 2000,...
  • Exchange 2010 RTMs

    The Microsoft Exchange Team has just announced that Exchange 2010 is now code complete and released to manufacturing. This means that Exchange 2010 is on schedule for general availability in early November. For more on this milestone announcement, see...
  • Download the Windows Automated Installation Kit for Windows 7 documentation

    The Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK) is a set of tools and documentation that support the configuration and the deployment of Microsoft Windows operating systems. This guide describes the current methods, tools, and requirements for deploying...
  • Two New System Center beta trials to download

    Microsoft yesterday rolled out two new betas of System Center products. Designed specifically for mid-size companies, the System Center Essentials 2010 Beta offers a unified IT management experience with a single console for managing your physical and...
  • What Windows Mobile 6.5 means for IT professionals

    The Windows Phones based on Windows Mobile 6.5 launched today and while the rest of the world is touting the features and functionality for consumers, there are some good reasons for using Windows Phones in business environments. Check out David Tesar...
  • New TechCenter for SharePoint 2010 (Beta) Products

    Visit the new SharePoint 2010 Beta TechCenter and learn how to get started with the new tools and resources to help you install and deploy the upcoming Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, including a series of video learning modules for IT pros. More...
  • New TechCenter for Project Server 2010

    Check out the new library content, downloadable models, forums and videos in the newly launched Project Server TechCenter . You’ll find resources for determining your hardware and software requirements for Project Server 2010, and links to training and...
  • Must-reads for performance testing Windows 7

    Let me guess… you’re thinking it’s time to upgrade from Windows XP or Windows Vista, but there is no budget for the new hardware you’ve come to associate with any operating system migration. Here’s what you do: First, buzz on over to Daniel Oxley...
  • System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 released

    Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 Update upgrades a Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 installation and delivers new platform support for Windows 7 client, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2. Download the entire Service...