We all love a new gadget, don’t we? If you’re already an Arc Mouse fan you’ll be interested to see the latest incarnation, the Arc Touch. See it in action in Larry Larsen’s blog post, then watch a short interview with its designer, Young Kim.
Watch the blog for details of pricing and release dates.
I’ve been poking around in the TechNet Library this week, admittedly an area of the site I haven’t often visited before. There are some excellent technical resources right there at your finger tips, all easily catalogued by product or technology. The Microsoft IT Showcase area is rather good – you can get yourself an insider's view of the Microsoft enterprise IT environment. Here you'll find our latest content on Microsoft IT's best practices and lessons learned as we plan for, develop, deploy, and manage Microsoft products in our own global enterprise. You can also sign up to the IT Showcase RSS feed to keep track of regular updates.
Have you seen this fortnight’s TechNet Flash newsletter? If not, have a read and find out what’s happening in Microsoft IT pro world. This time our TechNet On theme is IT skills, so along with all the usual news and events, we talk about why this is a great time to evaluate your skill set. The next newsletter will be sending on 16th September - make sure you’re signed up to receive it direct to your inbox.
I’m sorry – that should have read ‘Windows 7 mug in action’, courtesy of David Gargan, one of our TechNet Flash competition winners. I’m just pleased the mugs survived their journey, so to see one in use is a special thing indeed. There seems to be some peanut butter missing from that toast, though.
following his interview with Microsoft intern, Jon Lickiss, Andrew Fryer’s written an excellent post, IT Professional vNext, in which he addresses some questions around the future for the IT pro. It makes for interesting reading – check it out on Andrew’s blog.
It’s been a short but busy week here in my little corner of Microsoft UK HQ. It’s been good to hear from so many of you and I’m pleased you’re enjoying our young blog. Here’s what I’ve been rambling on about this week.
Tuesday brought news of new Hotmail features that have already made my email life a lot easier. I also found the Hey! Scripting Guy blog while I was perusing TechNet and remembered he was always quite a popular feature in the TechNet Flash newsletter.
Wednesday’s posts saw me ferreting about deep within TechNet again to bring you some of the great information that we don’t always make it very easy to find. I found the latest updates to the Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) series, along with TechNet Virtual Labs, your passport to easy, free online evaluations of the latest Microsoft technologies.
Thursday (though the blog claims it was Wednesday, for some reason) was a fun day, with the results of last week’s TechNet Flash competition. We asked you to send in photos of your weird and wonderful workspaces, and send them in you did. Five of you are now the envy of all your colleagues at coffee break time. Also on Thursday we posted a great guest article from Andrew Fryer, along with his video interview with Jon Lickiss, Microsoft intern and aspiring IT professional.
It’s Friday again – I’m sure this place has some kind of time-altering cleverness built into its fabric because it always seems to be Monday or Friday to me. Anyway, today’s posts announced the arrival of this fortnight’s TechNet Flash newsletter and a quick tip of the day from TechNet magazine.
Have a great weekend!
...very lucky people indeed, because they are the proud recipients of a Windows 7 mug. Yes, that’s right, tea breaks just got glam. One of these beauties is winging its way to the chosen five as I write:
A special mention goes to Jammy Craig who sent in a delicious photo of his baby daughter, Emily. There’s a mug in the post for you two, too.
My personal favourite was David Masters' photo...someone's got the right idea in that organisation ;-)
I have to confess I never intended to be an IT professional or indeed to work in IT at all and although I love my career, it wasn’t planned in anyway. I had an inside track in that my dad was in at the ground (possibly 1st) floor of computing in the the UK when he started in 1963, however he never really articulated what he did and it was impossible to find out too much about he did as there was no internet or even books on the subject. Eventually the DNA kicked in and here I am.
I have many friends with similar diverse routes into their roles from naval architects to historians, and the more traditional mathematicians and engineers, but I have yet to meet too many IT Professionals who planned to their careers in this field. I think it is still hard to find out about what the world of the IT Professional is all about; it isn’t taught in schools, and the internet tends to be a flood of quite shallow and conflicting information.
You could argue that there is no future for the IT Professional anyway, as with the cloud they will go the way of the farrier, thatcher and weaver, so does this lack of educational and resources to encourage the next generation matter anyway. Microsoft would argue that the role is important as it’s ever been if only to manage the seamless integration of on premise and off premise resources in a secure and controlled way.
To this end the TechNet team have put a lot of effort into pulling together a whole collection of career guidance and IT Skills resources as part of the TechNet On initiative. The value of these resources is best explained by one of the new interns that have joined us recently Jonathan Lickiss. He elected to go for the most interesting internship role we have, working in the Microsoft Technology Centre (MTC) we have on campus. I got him on camera to discuss his decision to be an IT Professional and how he intends to fulfill that role and I posted that to TechNet Edge.
Finally if you have something you would like to share on this then the National Skills Academy are holding a workshop on 14th September to discuss curriculum and career paths for the IT Professional and they want to hear from you. It’s at e-skills UK, 1 Castle Lane, London SW1E 6DR
To take part , please contact Humeera Khan on 07584 235 020 or Humeera.email@example.com.
Newly updated, the Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) series provides guidance for Microsoft infrastructure products. The series is made up of a collection of documents that takes you through a sequence of core decision points to design an infrastructure for Microsoft products. It also provides a means to validate design decisions within your business to ensure that the solution meets the requirements for both business and infrastructure stakeholders.
The IPD documents are designed to be used by the following IT personnel:
Find out more or use the links below to get stuck in straight away.
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View the entire list of Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides available for download
Just take a look at TechNet Virtual Labs. Virtual Labs enable you to quickly evaluate and test Microsoft's newest products and technologies through a series of guided, hands-on labs that you can complete in 90 minutes or less. There is no complex setup or installation required, and you can use TechNet Virtual Labs online immediately, free.
Have a look around and let us know what you think.