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  • Blog Post: Program Updates for Free and discounted training resources from Brainstorm now available to resell

    Based on feedback received, we have made some updates to simplify this Thru-partner To-customer training resource offer for Windows 8.1 & Office 365. See below for details and updates. What are the Details? Partners can support every customer with simple to use, highly effective training resources...
  • Blog Post: In case there is any doubt: Windows XP End of Support is an “Official” Problem

    Woody Walton I have been speaking around the country to VARs and other Microsoft Partners about the opportunity that Windows XP End of Support represents. I know I may sound like a broken record, but we need to make sure we are crystal clear in dialogues with customers. …and in case you have been unsuccessful...
  • Blog Post: Windows tablets! Get your Windows tablets!

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- As I prepare to speak to more partners and customers about Windows devices, I am so pleased with the diversity of form factors that Microsoft and our partners have put together. What is also amazing is the affordability and value that we have now been...
  • Blog Post: MEC Demo 5.5 is now available!

    Todd Sweetser MEC Demo 5.5 Now Available! MEC Demo 5.5 has launched! The latest demo version of the MEC (5.5) is now available at www.usmec.com .   MEC Demo is the lightweight MEC program alternative that empowers Microsoft and Partner sales teams to deliver the Microsoft platform value and...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Client Security Features

    Kathleen Molosky   With the upcoming availability of Windows 8.1 you will start receiving questions from your customers as to what is new with Windows 8.1.  One of the areas normally of focus for your customers is security.  They want to make sure their information is safe once they move...
  • Blog Post: Get to Modern Partner Opportunities

    Kathleen Molosky, PTS   As your customers plan to move away from XP (hopefully well before April 8th, 2014) there is a lot you can do to help them make this a smooth and productive transition.  Based on my experience deploying several versions of the client OS and applications within Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 feature preview – unified smart search

    By Ron Grattopp ….One of the most underrated (IMHO) yet important productivity aspects of the desktop OS is the search function.  Way back in Vista we introduced the Instant Search (or search-as-you-type as some call it) functionality which was a huge step up over XP, and actually changed the way...
  • 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: Windows 8.1 Preview License Expires Jan 2014

    Thank you for using the Windows 8.1 Preview. Partners should communicate with their customers to make sure they move to the final released versions of Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 before January 2014 when the license for the preview will expire. Plans should be made to move to the released version...
  • Blog Post: If you’re a OneNote aficionado, and using Windows 8, you need to know this

    By Ron Grattopp ….OK, so I’m a die-hard OneNote user – it’s probably more important to my daily productivity than any other app – and from way back I’ve used the Win+S shortcut to get screen clips from web pages and other screen shots that I use in documents (including this blog).  In fact, the...
  • Blog Post: Tailoring the Windows User Experience using Group Policy

    Kathleen Molosky, PTS Group Policy As I am out visiting our partner community I receive many inquiries as to how to tailor the Windows client user experience to accommodate business and security requirements.  One of the best ways is through deployment of Group Policy Objects (GPO).  In addition...
  • Blog Post: Being a Nerd: Wireless VGA/HDMI Part 2

    Q: (from Jeff) When you find a minute if I could trouble you to send me links to the HDMI connector for surface pro, as well as the device that allows you to connect to your television for both video and audio. A: This is a follow up question from my original post Being a Nerd: Wireless VGA/HDMI . In...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 R2 Work Folders–The On-Premise Solution for Controlling Sensitive Data

    While many small and medium size businesses are moving their IT infrastructure to Azure for hardware and operational cost savings, there are still times when technology solutions will need to stay on premise due to the sensitivity of data as the prevalent reason.  Microsoft provides excellent hybrid...
  • Blog Post: Delivering a Windows To Go Demo

    Q: (from Jeff) So, I wanted to show a customer the Windows to Go.  They previously consolidated their enterprise on Open value in Windows XP, but have since upgraded to a mix of Vista Business and Windows 7 pro with OEM licensing.  I can’t seem to make one of the Windows to Go USB sticks work...
  • Blog Post: How do I “Boot to Desktop” – Windows 8.1

    B  V  A Recently I installed Windows 8.1 Preview on my Samsung Slate, in prep for questions at WPC – See J.J.’s Post - http://blogs.technet.com/b/uspartner_ts2team/archive/2013/06/18/worldwide-partner-conference-2013-is-less-than-3-weeks-away.aspx Anyway I wanted to enable the “Boot to Desktop...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 feature preview – enhanced security

    By Ron Grattopp ….You should remember that I’ve previously discussed how Windows 8 significantly ups the security bar with features like Secure/Trusted/Measured Boot, Malware Resistance technology, and corporate business data protection (see my post on 12/31/12).  So what does Windows 8.1 (aka Win8...