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New Features for Business in Windows 8.1
By Mike Halsey , Microsoft MVP Microsoft's first major update to Windows 8 is now in the wild and offering more new and enhanced features than any previous update to a Windows version before it. With this update Microsoft have put a great deal of focus on business productivity, and in this article...
8 Nov 2013
After Hours - Canon EOS talking to a Surface Pro over wifi
Please note This an after hours post, specifically about connecting a Canon EOS 6D to windows 8/8.1. I have written it for two reasons - so I can remember how to do it and because this you might need to do something like this for a camera enthusiast that you know who isn’t a networking guy...
29 Sep 2013
Become an IT transformer: Create a battle plan
By Asavin Wattanajantra , writer at Metia . In a busy IT department it can be difficult to think about long-term planning. But there are (rare!) times when you've successfully fought all the fires you need to that day and you’ve freed some time to strategically plan; to really think...
24 Sep 2013
Going beyond windows 8- What does the future of operating systems look like?
By Tom Carter - Senior Developer at Shaping Cloud With the release of Windows 8, Microsoft took a huge step into the Cloud unifying the user with their cloud profiles such as Twitter, Facebook and Linked-In and bringing a new level of integration into the apps themselves. Whilst this is a...
13 Jun 2013
May the Force be with you Spock! Free Rental of Star Trek (2009)
Do you like Sci Fi? Do you own a Windows 8 device? If the answers are both yes then read on....... My colleagues in the Home & Entertainment Division have just made me aware of a free rental: Xbox Video are giving away a free rental of Star Trek (2009) for all UK & Ireland Windows...
28 May 2013
Reminder: The Best of MMS UK 2013
Just in case you missed it, The best of MMS UK event is coming up very soon, the infrastructure track is now full but there are still spaces available devices track. We recently announced the availability of new solutions to help enterprise and SMB customers manage hybrid cloud services and connected...
10 May 2013
The TechEd Challenge - It's still not too late to enter if you've not done so - a sneak preview of what you could win!
Have you entered the Tech Ed Challenge yet? If not, why not? Just by entering you could win a ticket to TechEd Europe , that's right, just by completing a form and downloading one of the products, you are entered into the draw. If you download/sign up for all three then you've got three times the...
7 May 2013
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure – What are the licensing implications?
For those of you who were lucky enough to join is in sunny Southampton for the Windows 8 IT Pro camp last week, you would have had the opportunity to speak to our licensing guru Vicky Lea. The main focus was on Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and what are the licensing implications. PCs in organisations...
23 Apr 2013
The Deployment Sessions-009: Deeplinking a Windows Store app on Windows RT from Windows Intune
In this deployment sessions video I take a look at the Deeplinking process using Windows Intune to install an app on Windows RT . The deeplinking process essentially lets you place apps from the Windows Store in your own company store, or Company Portal – essentially letting you curate the best Windows...
17 Apr 2013
Tech Days Online - 24th April - 26th April - Speaker Announcements Part 1
With just over a week until Tech Days Online , we thought it was about time we started to let you know who was going to be presenting. When the team sat down to pull the agenda together, we wanted an agenda that had Microsoft technical experts as well as technical experts with more of a "real-world...
15 Apr 2013
The Deployment Sessions-008: Deeplinking a Windows Store & Installing on Windows 8 Using Windows Intune
In this deployment sessions video I take a look at the Deeplinkin g process using Windows Intune to install an app on Windows 8 . The deeplinking process essentially lets you place apps from the Windows Store in your own company store, or Company Portal – essentially letting you curate the best Windows...
15 Apr 2013
The Deployment Sessions–007: How To Sideload on Windows 8 Enterprise from Windows Intune
In this Deployment Sessions video I take a look at how to use Windows Intune to Sideload a Windows 8 app or Appx package (formerly metro app) onto a Windows 8 Enterprise device. Sideloading is the process of taking the appx package form the developer and loading the app onto the device without submitting...
9 Apr 2013
How To: Deploy modern apps for Windows 8 and Windows RT with Configuration Manager
At first glance you could be forgiven for thinking that deploying a Windows 8 to a bunch of enterprise devices is hard, complex or time consuming. The reality is that Windows 8 apps are actually quite easy to deploy once you understand the basic requirements and methods for deployment. The nomenclature...
8 Apr 2013
The Deployment Sessions–006: Sideloading on Windows RT with Windows Intune
So far in this series we’ve looked at Sideloading and deeplinking apps using System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 and Windows Intune linked together. In this and the next few videos we’ll take a look at using Windows Intune only, in isolation from Configuration Manager. This will be the preferred...
4 Apr 2013
The Deployment Sessions–005: Sideloading on Windows RT with Windows Intune & System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1
Sideloading is the process of installing a Line of Business (LoB) app onto a Windows RT or Windows 8 device without the need to publish the app to the Windows Store. System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 is able to publish apps for sideloading on Windows 8 Enterprise devices natively and can use...
25 Mar 2013
The Deployment Sessions - 004: Deeplinking Windows Store Apps on Windows RT from System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 and Windows Intune
In this video I explain the process of making a Windows Store app available to Windows Intune clients using System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 to publish the apps through the Windows Intune company portal. This process is known as deeplinking and allows an enterprise to publish apps from the...
22 Mar 2013
The Deployment Sessions-003: How to Connect Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 to Windows Intune to Enable Mobile Device Management Including Windows RT devices
System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 can be connected to Windows Intune to enable mobile device management of Windows RT, Windows Phone, iOS and Android devices. This is a great solution because these types of devices expect an “always on” connection to the Internet and Windows Intune provides...
20 Mar 2013
The Deployment Sessions-002: Sideloading Windows 8 app with Configuration Manager 2012 SP1
In this Deployment Sessions video I take you through deploying a line of business app using System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 to “side load” a Windows Store app. The app is in the form of an appx package, something that an ISV might give to a customer for them to deploy internally. The Deployment...
18 Mar 2013
The Deployment Sessions–001: Deploying a Windows Store App with Configuration Manager 2012 SP1
This is the first in a new series of videos I’m working on that show how deployment works for modern apps , Windows Store apps, Windows 8 apps, Windows RT apps or Appx packages – whatever you like to call them. There are a few ways that you can deploy these types of apps to Windows 8 and Windows RT devices...
13 Mar 2013
Power Tip–Use launch PowerShell from File Explorer in one second
You know how you often need to launch PowerShell from the current location you’re looking at in File Explorer on Windows 8? Well there are a couple of quick ways to do it, you can select File > Open Windows PowerShell then that’s pretty quick but a simpler trick is to hi ALT + D to jump to the address...
9 Mar 2013
Event: Microsoft Windows 8 & Bing Maps Conference
Microsoft Bing Maps would like to invite you and your customers to our Windows Store Aps (including Windows 8) & mapping event. Supporting this event will be experts in their field such as Microsoft specialists and evangelists and business partner speakers who will be presenting the market...
8 Mar 2013
Want to Jump Start your Windows 8 at Work Experience?
Take advantage of free, online, fast-paced training courses designed specifically for experienced IT professionals with jobs that demand that they know how to best leverage the emerging features and technologies in Windows 8. Module 1: Tips and Tricks for IT Pros See what's new in Windows 8 for the IT...
25 Feb 2013
Guest Post: The Top 15 Windows 8 Apps to Boost Business Productivity
The top 15 Windows 8 apps to boost business productivity Author Bio: Marcus Austin works for Firebrand Training as a Technical Author. Marcus has over 25 years’ experience in the technology and business sector. His recent work includes constructing a mobile strategy for the Guardian Media Group, together...
22 Feb 2013
How does Windows 8 licensing work at home?
The sun is shining as I sit at home and write this blog entry, and it is giving me cause to think! When it comes to the licensing of Windows 8 we need to think about the flexibility of how we can deliver Windows 8 to a client device and the opportunities it gives us as users to work in different locations...
19 Feb 2013
Enable and Activate TPM for BitLocker Pre-Provisioning in WinPE
I have to say this one caught me out. I’m just setting up a task sequence to deploy Windows 8 and pre- provision BitLocker (which is wicked fast by the way!) and got caught with enabling and activating the TPM from WinPE . The solution I came up with works for me, on a Samsung Series 7 Slate but...
5 Feb 2013
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