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August, 2010

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  • New push features for Hotmail

    Great news from the Windows Team blog – Hotmail now supports push email, calendar, and contacts with Exchange ActiveSync, so whatever you do on your phone will be reflected on the web. That means if you delete an email on your mobile, it’ll also be deleted from your web mail (and the other way around), so you’ll no longer find yourself juggling two different versions of the same inbox. Sounds good to me. Head over to the Windows Team blog to find out more.

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  • Hey, Scripting Guy!

    For all you fans of Scripting Guy out there, take a look at the Hey, Scripting Guy! blog. This time Scripting Guy Ed Wilson is retrieving Windows power plan settings using PowerShell.

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  • The week that was – 23-27 August

    As always, it’s been a busy week for the TechNet blog. If you’ve had a similarly hectic 9-5, this round up might help. Have a great weekend – it’s a long one for us in England, so we’ll be back with you on Tuesday.

    On Monday Simon May, aka Porridge Kid, told us what he loves about BPOS for the TechNet Flash newsletter, in Scenarios where BPOS is Brilliant.

    Tuesday’s top ten IT skills was a popular post – don’t we all like to know we’ve got what it takes? More top tens coming soon. In fact, if you’ve got any good ideas for topics, let me know.

    On Wednesday we brought you some learning snacks and they fit in nicely with today’s Windows 7 e-learning series info. There are lots of options for learning and development that don’t necessitate budget or time out of the office – keep an eye out for next week’s TechNet Flash newsletter where we’ll be going into more detail.

    Thursday’s musings were plentiful. If you haven’t seen the Windows 7 Springboard Series, check it out here. We also asked you what you want to see on your UK TechNet blog – I want to make sure you’re getting what you want from us. Availability of Exchange Server SP1 download rounded off our Thursday.

    So that brings us to everyone’s favourite day of the week (except for Rafal, our intern, who loves every single day – more about him in a future Microsoft Life post). Check out the latest news from TechEd Europe 2010 – the team’s sending regular updates full of news and offers, so I’ll keep you posted here.

    That’s all from me this week. Thanks for reading!

  • Free Windows 7 e-learning series

    It’s not always easy to find the time and budget for training, but you can explore a great variety of how to videos on TechNet to support your planning, deployment and management of Windows 7. The Windows 7 e-Learning series is free, easy to follow and enables you to learn at your own pace.


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  • Free TechNet subscription, anyone? Latest news from TechEd Europe 2010

    Here’s the latest round up of news and offers from the TechEd Europe team. Have you signed up yet?

    Brad Anderson to Keynote Tech∙Ed Europe 2010

    Microsoft CVP, Brad Anderson, will be a keynoter at this year’s Tech∙Ed Europe event.  More announcements on keynoters and sessions to come in September.  Join the TechEd Europe email newsletter, or visit the website for the latest news. 

    Register by 31st August and Save

    Don’t miss this chance to save on Tech∙Ed Europe – register by 31 August and save €200 off the full conference price (a €400 savings over last year’s full price).  If you book your hotel through the Tech∙Ed Europe accommodation booking service by 31 August, you’ll also receive a FREE, 6-day public transit (BVG) pass.  The BVG pass entitles you to full use of public transportation (metro/city train/tram/bus) in Berlin.  Visit the registration page for details on both offers.

    Attendees Receive a Free TechNet Subscription

    Tech·Ed Europe attendees will receive a free, one-year Microsoft TechNet Subscription, specifically selected for IT Professionals that support enterprise-wide environments. The subscription includes access to the complete stack of full-version Microsoft infrastructure and business solution software for evaluation and testing purposes, as well as access to upcoming beta releases, E-Learning courses and priority support on TechNet Forums.  The subscription benefit for attendees excludes the two (2) free support calls included in the Professional subscription level; all other benefits are the same.  > View benefits.

    Go Behind the Scenes of the TechEd Europe event, Win a Free Pass!

    Jennifer Ritzinger (event owner) and Mike Swanson (keynote owner) host a weekly video show to share the latest news and ‘behind-the-scenes’ details about the Tech∙Ed Europe event.  On the most recent episode, they talk to content owner, Steven Salazar, about the results of the session preference voting and the upcoming release of sessions.  Also, they announce how you can win a FREE pass to the event!  In case you’ve missed any, you can still view all the episodes.


  • Exchange Server 2010 SP1 now available

    Head over to the Microsoft Exchange Team blog to get the lowdown on Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1. The future of Exchange starts here!

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  • Help make the UK TechNet blog great!

    The UK TechNet blog’s been up and running for a few weeks now and I’d like to know what you think. It’s easy to check the stats to see which posts were most read, but I’d really like to know what sort of information you want to see. Which topics interest you most? What sort of content are you most likely to read – a technical article or a quick ‘top ten things you should know’ type of post? Drop me an email and let me know what you think. I’d really like this blog to be your one stop shop for technical info, and I think the best way to do that is to ask you, the readers.



  • Explore Windows 7 Springboard series

    The Microsoft Windows 7 Springboard series provides expert advice, whatever stage you’re at in the deployment cycle. Mark Russinovich digs in to Windows 7 Redux, while elsewhere you can walk through the process of creating a technical proof of concept to help you see how Windows 7 and Office 2010—as part of the Microsoft Optimized Desktop—will work in your environment. Alternatively skip to Managing Windows 7 for technical guidance and learning tools.

  • Fancy a learning snack?

    Microsoft Silverlight Learning Snacks are short, interactive presentations about popular topics created by Microsoft Learning experts. Each Snack is delivered by using innovative Microsoft Silverlight technology and includes various media, such as animations and recorded demos. At the end of each free presentation, you can view more Snacks, learn more about the topic, or visit a related Web site.

  • Top 10 essential IT skills

    Brien Posey’s TechNet magazine article outlines the top ten  skills you should keep brushed up in an ever-changing IT landscape.

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