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  • Blog Post: Yet another reason to get them off of Windows XP!

    Todd Sweetser Yes, Windows XP was retired back in April 2014.  Yet there are still many of those that continued to use it in the SMB space (and others.)  I wanted to share yet another reason to get them upgraded…. As of July 14th, 2015 Microsoft is no longer providing updates to Microsoft Security...
  • Blog Post: IE Support Policy Information and Resources

    We have been asked several times by partners what is the support policy and EOL of Internet Explorer. There seems to be a lot of confusion over this questions and the announcements we made around Microsoft Edge (Formerly Spartan). Here is some key information about Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading to build 10122 of Windows 10

    Good morning partners, If you or your customers are a part of the Windows 10 Tech Preview, you may have been taking advantage of the latest builds of Windows 10. Recently we released build 10122, and your installation may have stopped at 18% . Thanks to Pieter Wigleven and Antonio Vasconcelos who found...
  • Blog Post: Register today for a FREE course on how to design and develop a Windows Apportal. Space is limited!

    Tim Tetrick Hello Partners, Whether you’re an established developer or new to the field, this course will give you guidance on how to design and develop a fully functional Windows Apportal. Introduced in July, a Windows Apportal is a Windows 8.1 app that can integrate a customer’s entire line of business...
  • 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: Microsoft’s New Remote Desktop Clients for iOS, Mac OS and Android

    Josh Condie - Microsoft has just released the first official Remote Desktop clients for iOS and Android . Now, users can bring the Windows desktop (even Windows 8.1 which released earlier this month) directly to their mobile devices that may be running on competing platforms.  The apps let you connect...
  • Blog Post: Will my Pentium 4 or Celeron run Windows 8?

    Q: (from Paul) I have tried to install the Windows 8 preview on a machine with a Pentium 4 at 3.40 GHz and it says my processor is not compatible. Any suggestions or explanations?  I also tried a celeron machine with the same result.   A: I Bing’d “Can a Pentium 4 run Windows 8” and found the...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Essentials

    Recently while giving a presentation on Windows XP mode, which is the ability to run a “Virtual XP” environment within Windows 7, the conversation came up about managing and protecting the XP machine.  YES you need to manage and protect the machine like it is another computer in your environment...
  • Blog Post: New whitepaper gives added ammo for Windows 7 upgrade conversation

      By Ron Grattopp …..As you know, TS2 travels a LOT.  Of course, in my travels I see many folks using business laptops, and even though we all know that Windows 7 is rapidly gaining momentum I still see a significant number of laptops running Windows XP.  So I wanted to give a shout out...
  • 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...