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  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: The Benefits of Standardizing on Windows 7 and the Value of the Enterprise Edition

      Josh Condie – Adding to Woody’s great comments about the value proposition of Windows Intune.  I was preparing for a presentation on Intune recently and came across a whitepaper that IDC recently wrote about the value of Windows 7 for SMBs:  The Benefit of Using Windows 7 in Small and...
  • Blog Post: CRM Online Trial

    Q: (from Matthew) It was a pleasure meeting you today.  I hope you can help me with is dealing with our conversation around CRM seats.  If you have anybody I can reach out to or any sites that can help me take advantage of the new/old Online CRM I would be very grateful. A: Regarding the CRM...
  • Blog Post: Moving from Windows Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Ultimate

    Q: (from Bill) I need a sku or mfg. part # for anytime upgrade from vista home premium to win 7 ultimate?   A: There isn’t a single SKU that takes customers from Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Ultimate. It would be a two-step process: Upgrade Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Home Premium ($119.99...
  • Blog Post: Windows Intune or a couple of frappucinos, actually you can have both…

    By Ron Grattopp…..of course, with Windows Intune launching this past week one would expect a lot of commentary on it around the blogoshere.  This particular one, Microsoft's InTune: Price Too High for SMB? , from a “Channel Insider Staff” on the Channel Insider blog caught my attention, and after...
  • Blog Post: Now Available – Work Smart Guide for Windows 8 – The Quick and Essential Training for End-Users

    Josh Condie – For those of you who subscribe to the weekly Technet Newsletter, you may have already seen this.  For those of you who don’t, or may not have reviewed the entire newsletter, this resource is worth calling out.  The Work Smart Guide for Windows 8 is a condensed, visual guide to...
  • Blog Post: Is Windows 7 Bitlocker FIPS 140-2 Approved?

    Q: (from Josh) I need a little help researching a topic and I’m hoping you can get me started. I need to know if Windows 7 Bit-locker encryption is NIST Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 approved? I have a non-profit that will need to comply with some pending Department of Justice...
  • Blog Post: Will App-V resolve OS compatibility issues?

    Rob Waggoner   Q: (from Stuart) Is App-V OS independent?  By this, I mean can you run applications that are incompatible with Windows 7 by using App-V on a Windows 7 workstation? A:  No, App-V does not provide any OS compatibility assistance, MED-V does that.  Here’s a good article...
  • Blog Post: Practice Accelerator Sessions – Starting August 13th

      Josh Condie – Below is the schedule for all of the upcoming Practice Accelerator sessions scheduled for next 3 months.  The cost to attend a Practice Accelerator session is now only five Partner Advisory Hours!  A high-value training offering that can help your business expand across...
  • Blog Post: What Happened to Windows SteadyState?

    Rob Waggoner   Question from one of my Partners: My customer is looking for a way to ensure the state of their Windows 7 Kiosk machines are not inadvertently changed by a random user. What happened to Windows SteadyState?   A: Windows SteadyState was the way you accomplished that task in Windows...
  • Blog Post: Looking for Windows 7 resources, check out the updated Windows 7 Professional for Small Business site

    by Ron Grattopp…..Windows 7 continues to be a big hit as it heads into into its second year ( Windows 7 Earns High Marks from Businesses: Survey ) and most of the stats seem to indicate that IT spending is rebounding but businesses still need to understand the business value and potential ROI of Windows...
  • Blog Post: Free ebook: Introducing Windows 8: An Overview for IT Professionals (Final Edition); and More Win 8 Technical Training for Partners

    Josh Condie - We’re happy to announce that we have released the final version of this free ebook.       FREE DOWNLOAD FORMATS: PDF Introducing Windows 8- An Overview for IT Professionals - PDF ebook Mobi Introducing Windows 8-An Overview for IT Professionals – Mobi format for Kindle ePub...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 & Office 2010 Presentations

    Q: (from Mike & Lisa) We were approached by a group of healthcare office managers that are interested in a 1hr talk at their users group meeting.  They would like an overview on Windows 7 and the new Office products. A: Windows 7 Ready-to-Go Campaign materials Found at https://partner.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Getting more out of Windows 7/Office 2010 & how to have that “sales” conversation with your customer

      By Ron Grattopp…..As you should recall I’ve been doing the Microsoft / Intel ‘Building Solutions Together’ Tour roadshow events for the last 6 weeks or so.  If you read about those, or if you attended, you know that in the desktop session we reviewed the value proposition for Windows 7 and...