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  • Blog Post: 10 Tablets to be given away at Windows 8 & Office Partner Summits

    Are you ready ? All attendees will be entered in a drawing for 1 of 10 Windows 8 Tablets to be given away.  Windows 8 and the new Office and Windows Server 2012 are coming soon, and because you’re a valued Microsoft Partner, we would like to invite you to the Microsoft Windows and Office Partner...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 to Windows XP Downgrade Rights

    Q: (from Sal) Concerning the Windows XP downgrade rights,  can you verify if these rights have been extended? See here:  http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-20010285-56.html   A: (with support from Khody Golshan) I’ve found several references to the Windows 7 OEM downgrade rights being extended...
  • Blog Post: Eliminate UAC for Printer Driver installation in a Domain

    I've already talked about how to eliminate UAC for a stand alone Vista machine, now I am going to show you how to set a domain Group Policy to eliminate UAC for all of your Vista workstations. My original post is here . I apologize for the delay in getting this posted, but there were a few pre-requisites...
  • Blog Post: Direct Access Demo

    Q: (from Keith) We have a customer interested in possibly deploying Direct Access technology. He is interested in seeing a demo. Does MS have anything online (virtual lab) or anything we could use to demo this to a customer? Any help you could provide would be appreciated. A: Short of setting up your...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 Tech Guarantee

    Q: (from Mailee) Could you please confirm if the below information applies to upgrades as well? A: “Yes”, from the www.office2010.com/techguarentee FAQ website: http://office2010.microsoft.com/en-us/tech-guarantee/microsoft-office-2010-technology-guarantee-faq-HA101812304.aspx specifically: “Version...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 with downgrade to XP – Going away???

    Not Exactly, which is why I am writing this post.  As I have been training several OEM partners of Microsoft, I thought it was important for all to understand what is upon us. For those of you that didn’t know the OEM license of Windows 7 gives you N-2 rights for downgrade.  What does that...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Deployment & Activation

    Q: (from Stephen) My customers are starting to move from Windows XP to Windows 7 and I’m starting to see more volume activation opportunities. Where can I go to get a quick overview of the deployment and activation tools available for Windows 7? A: I recently recorded 20 minutes in LiveMeeting on that...
  • Blog Post: An overview for partners of the Mobile PC market

    by Ron Grattopp….. If you’ve followed my blog (or Microsoft) for any length of time, you’ll recognize the name Mary Jo Foley, she publishes the “All About Microsoft” blog.  Back on Jan 24th, she published a post, How Microsoft plans to market against the iPad , in which she also published slideshots...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Downgrade Rights - Your choice Vista or Windows XP - For a Limited Time

    (republishing from archived my blog site) Several news articles are out in circulation regarding the recent announcement that Windows XP will be an optional selection for the downgrade rights, which has spurred a lot of questions at the SB2@TS2 events around the reasoning behind this decision. When this...
  • Blog Post: More ammo on browser security for your customer conversations

    By Ron Grattopp …..Back in September, I did a post called “The greatest browser security technology you probably never heard of…” which was a security focused post around the idea that socially-engineered (SE) malware is a far more prevalent threat today than the classic vulnerability exploit (aka drive...
  • Blog Post: Next Rev of Windows Intune Is Now Available

    Josh Condie – Last Monday, Microsoft announced that the next release of Windows Intune is now available (as of 10/17/2011). With this update, we are delivering on our promise of frequent updates to address top customer feedback and enable new scenarios. While the core architecture of Windows Intune...
  • Blog Post: Celebrating Windows 7 first birthday - but that’s not really all of what this post is about (see yellow highlights below)

    by Ron Grattopp…the fact the Windows 7 was a year old yesterday isn’t breaking news but as I ran across some other blogs on the subject, I thought of something that I felt was worthy of a post of my own.  Even though Windows 7 has been a critical success and is breaking records for new OS adoption...
  • Blog Post: Update: Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR v12)

      By Ron Grattopp …..Well, it’s been over 2 years since I’ve blogged about the SIR (last one I did was for V8, Apr 2010), so I thought it might be time for a reprise.  You might remember that the SIR is published twice a year for the previous 6-month period, so this one (V12) is for the time...
  • Blog Post: Why Windows 7? Why now?

    Rob Waggoner Windows 7 is now a year old and I’m still hearing questions like “Why Windows 7?” or statements like “XP is good enough”. Other people are still saying things like “I’m waiting for SP1”, or “I want to see someone else do it first”...
  • Blog Post: What are the Top Issues for Bitlocker?

    Rob Waggoner   Q: (from Anthony) I want to know the top issues (problems) in BitLocker and their solutions.  What should I be aware of from an architectural perspective as well?   A: I’ve spent a lot of time with BitLocker and I think it has addressed a big need in our industry. ...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 SKU Lineup – Understanding your options

    In the graphic below, you’ll find a total of 6 different SKU’s listed for the new Windows 7 family. If you are wondering what makes sense for you, let me help you understand your choices. Let's start at the bottom and work our way up. The Windows 7 Starter SKU is designed for an entry level solutions...
  • Blog Post: Want to win a Camcorder?

    We have some new Windows 7 and Desktop training available and you could win a new Camcorder just by taking time to take the training now.  We are giving away a Flip SlideHD and a Flip Ultra Camcorder.  You know you need to learn about Windows 7, so why not take a few minutes to go through the...
  • Blog Post: Intel/Microsoft “Building Solutions Together” roadshow coming May-June

    By Ron Grattopp…..I’m excited to announce a limited engagement roadshow co-sponsored by Microsoft and Intel.  You can read the registration blurb below and then follow the “Register now” link to get more information on when and where we will be.  The big thing that will differentiate this tour...
  • Blog Post: Marketing your Windows 7 or Office Event

    Q: (from Barbara) Our company is planning to host a Window 7 Seminar for clients in April. The first need I have is for postcard that we can send out about our event. I have found one on the MS  website but it is a PDF copy and needs to modified to include in our event information, do you have this...
  • Blog Post: You can now P2V of a Windows XP machine into a Windows 7 machine

    Rob Waggoner How else could I say that?  I took a look at TechNet Edge this morning and saw this article.  It was so cool that I had to repeat it.  P2V Migration for Software Assurance Beta with Jeremy Chapman This is still in beta, but you can download the bits off the connect site. ...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Practice Accelerator Sessions for Partners – Starting May 7th

      Josh Condie - Practice Accelerator is a Microsoft offering designed to help partners build a technical services practice around Microsoft solutions. Practice Accelerator is a comprehensive set of reusable tools, resources, and best practices introduced in training delivered via Microsoft Live...
  • Blog Post: You may be in for a surprise if you haven’t worked with the latest versions of Windows Live apps (in Windows Live Essentials 2011)

    by Ron Grattopp…. I have been doing a series of events lately known as the Intel Channel & Embedded Conference.  Even though this series is targeted to our OEM audience, one of the subjects I present on at these events I believe is important for all partners, and that’s Windows Live, especially...
  • Blog Post: Free Window 8 Jump Start Course - Developing Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS & JavaScript – Oct. 10th and 11th

    Josh Condie – Jump Start online courses are specifically tailored for experienced IT pros whose jobs demand they know how to best leverage new, emerging Microsoft technologies. These advanced courses assume a certain level of expertise and domain knowledge, so they move quickly and cover topics in a...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 isn’t just a pretty face

    By Ron Grattopp ….Earlier this week I put together my first Windows 8 presentation/demo.  One of the things I did for that presentation was to develop what I called my “ Top Ten New Business-oriented Features in Windows 8 ” and I thought I would share that with you.  Of course, the list is...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 for VARs

    If you’re not deploying Windows 7 yet, you need this information. Check out the following Partner site for more information to see how VARs can easily deploy Windows 7. https://partner.microsoft.com/40103868?msp_id=windows7vars Value added resellers (VARs): Now is the time to migrate...