Find the answer to this question in this new upgrade guide for IT professionals, covering issues like speed, privacy and security, deployment, management and compatibility. Use it to help you make the business case for Internet Explorer 9 to your organisation.
You’ll find all the other technical resources you need for Internet Explorer 9 in the Springboard TechCenter on TechNet.
The System Center team is pleased to announce the Community Evaluation Program. The program is designed to provide IT professionals a structured approach to evaluating System Center and Forefront products before their final release. Members of this program are able to evaluate early versions of products with guidance from the product team and by sharing of experiences and best practices among a community of peers. Multiple programs are now open and accepting applications including:
Configuration Manager 2012 Beta 2 - Program starts April 2011
· Download the Datasheet
· Apply to Configuration Manager CEP
Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Beta - Program starts May 2011
· Apply to Virtual Machine Manager CEP
Forefront Identity Manager 2010 R2 - Program starts June 2011
· Apply to Forefront Identity Manager CEP
Orchestrator 2012 Beta - Program starts June 2011
· Apply to Orchestrator CEP
Operations Manager 2012 Beta - Program starts July 2011
· Apply to Operations Manager CEP
To apply and for more information about the programs, please visit: https://connect.microsoft.com/site1211
I’ve seen a few pretty good offers on eLearning and certifications recently – have a look and see if they might be useful to you.
Microsoft eLearning for IT Professionals – 80% off until end of September 2011!
Until the end of September 2011 you can get 80% off the IT Pro Enterprise Deployment Bundle – a bundle of IT Professional eLearning courses providing you with a great opportunity to improve your knowledge of Windows Server 2008, Windows 7 and other technologies. Hit the link above for all the details and an outline of the courses included in the bundle.
For some totally free training on Windows 7, visit the Deployment Learning Portal, where you’ll find modules covering everything you need to know about Windows 7. These modules have been written by the same people that write the certification exams, so it’s great practice if you’ve got an exam coming up.
Speaking of exams…fancy 20% off Microsoft Certification Packs?
Give your IT career a helping hand to the next stage with Microsoft Certification Packs, which include our Second Shot offer (retake an exam if you don’t pass it first time). You can save up to 20% on Certification packages until the end of June 2011. Get all the details at the link above.
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If you didn’t have time yesterday to tune into Tech.Days online and hear all about Office 365 for the IT Professional, don’t worry, you can view the recording here.
Coming up next in the series on 7 June is The Dynamic Duo, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. We will cover how you can take advantage of technologies where Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 are better together to deliver the true experience to your users. Sign up here.
You can see what else is coming up in the Tech.Days online series here.
We’re pleased to confirm the full agenda for next week’s UK Tech.Days. Simply click the links below to download the agenda(s) of your choice. We look forward to seeing you in London!
Microsoft and the Web (Monday, Fulham Broadway Vue)
Building and Deploying Applications on to the Windows Azure Platform for Cloud Computing (Monday, Fulham Broadway Vue)
Deploying and Managing a Modern Desktop (Monday, Fulham Broadway Vue)
Windows Phone – State of the Nation (Tuesday, Fulham Broadway Vue)
Building and Deploying Applications on to the Windows Azure Platform for Cloud Computing - Repeated (Tuesday, Fulham Broadway Vue)
Transform your Datacentre with Hyper-V & System Center (Tuesday, Fulham Broadway Vue)
Building Rich Client Applications (Wednesday, Fulham Broadway Vue)
Windows Phone – What Lies Ahead (Wednesday, Fulham Broadway Vue)
The Public Cloud for the IT Professional (Wednesday, Fulham Broadway Vue)
Microsoft Solutions for your Mission Critical Enterprise (Thursday, Microsoft Victoria)
Connected Development (Thursday, Holiday Inn Leeds Bradford)
Windows Azure Bootcamp (Friday morning, Microsoft Victoria)
Windows Azure Bootcamp (Friday afternoon, Microsoft Victoria)
The Best of MMS UK 2011 spread the word about the latest IT management products, solutions and technologies from Microsoft and how to make them work in your business. Among other news, you might remember us talking on the blog and in the TechNet newsletter about significant management product releases and announcements planned for System Center 2012 in the next 6-12 months.
Well, now you can see all the presentation slides and video recordings from the MMS UK 2011 for yourselves. Pick and choose your best bits here.
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Today on Tech.Days online at 2pm it’s all about Office 365 for the IT Professional. Office 365 provides a way to rent rather than buy some or all of the Microsoft Office product suite. In this session we'll look at the role of the IT Professional in planning, migration and management in a mixed environment. Sign up here.
Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) will reach the end of support on July 12, 2011. From that date onward, Microsoft will no longer provide support or free security updates for Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1). In order to stay secure and continue support you must upgrade to Service Pack 2 (SP2).
Get the full guidance here.
Tech.Days is almost upon us, folks! We’re putting the final touches to plans and presentations and getting ready to meet those of you who’ve signed up. If you fancy joining us, pop on over to the Tech.Days website and register. We’ve got some great stuff lined up and we’d love to see you there.
Meanwhile, here are this week’s essential ramblings.