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  • Blog Post: The Path to Windows 10 Webcast–Replay

    Recently I co-delivered a webcast called the Path to Windows 10 with Simone Ando, Product Marketing Manager, Windows and Devices. In the webcast we talked about how Windows 10 will be the best business platform ever – enabling our business customers to be more productive, simplifying management and deployment...
  • 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: Ramping up on Windows 10 --- Get Ready With Upcoming Training!

    As you know Windows 10 is right around the corner and will be available shortly. We want to ensure you have all of the right tools and knowledge on the new operating system before your customers start inquiring. Please attend these webinars and in person training to learn more on how to keep current...
  • Blog Post: Azure Backup now backs up your Client OS’ as well

    Rob Waggoner During my recent Hands on Lab events, we spent time setting up Azure Backup. During these events, only Server OS’ (Server 2008 R2 + SP1 and above) were supported. The common question during these events was “Can I backup my Client OS’ with Azure Backup?”. During the events, the answer was...
  • Blog Post: Free Windows 8 book from Microsoft Press

    Rob Waggoner If you haven’t seen this yet, Jerry Honeycutt authored the Microsoft Press book Introducing Windows 8 An Overview for IT Professionals .  The book looks great, and you can download the preview of it here .  People have said that Windows 8 is a better Windows 7 than Windows 7 itself...
  • Blog Post: More Windows To Go USB Drives

    Q: (from Gary) I was at the seminar and asked you about the specs on a jump/flash drive for Windows to Go setup. Could you let me know the which one would work best for me? I have tried LEXAR, KINGSTON, Data traveler and a few off brands that we have here. I haven’t been successful with any 32G or 64G...
  • 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: How Windows 8 addresses the changing security landscape, having a customer conversation

    By Ron Grattopp   ….You should know by now that security is something of a continuing focus for my blog.  In this vein I want to call out a recent blog by Stella Chernyak from the Microsoft Windows team called The Unsung Hero: Windows 8 Security .   In the post she mentions that she’ll...
  • Blog Post: New USB Flash Drives Certified for Windows-to-Go!!!

    Woody Walton   In my previous post Client Disaster Recovery, Yet another Reason to Consider Windows 8 Enterprise and Windows To Go! on September 30th I discussed one of the many advantages of Windows To Go, which is available through Windows 8 Enterprise.  If you still need to brush up on all...
  • Blog Post: So you want to use Windows 8 with a mouse and keyboard?

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Over the past few weeks, I have been speaking with Partners about my experience with Windows 8…. and I LOVE it! I now use my Windows 8 tablet exclusively. And of course I always show it off when I get the chance Inevitably, people ask me how they can...
  • Blog Post: One Tablet to Rule Them All

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- “We wants it, we needs it. Must have the precious!” As I do more and more demos with my Windows 8 tablet, I literally hear these words coming from the audience. This slide sums it all up: I always start off by asking, “Who in the audience owns some type...
  • Blog Post: Client Disaster Recovery, Yet another Reason to Consider Windows 8 Enterprise and Windows To Go!

    Woody Walton   Earlier today my peer Ron Grattopp posted a nice recap on the value proposition of Windows 8 Professional and more specifically, Windows 8 Enterprise in his Windows 8 Professional and Enterprise feature overview .  It is a good overall summary and I encourage you to read it,...
  • Blog Post: EXTRA! EXTRA! – Take a look at the revamped Touch Wins Program for selling Windows Touch Devices

    Woody Walton For those that know me, they know I am a skeptic.  I would classify myself more as a pragmatist however.  When an incentive comes to market I instantly seek to rip holes in it and figure out where is does not work.   initially I was skeptical of the Touch Wins program...
  • Blog Post: The Windows Desktop Upgrade Volume License: Is reassignment an option?

        Woody Walton   When it comes to Microsoft licensing, most know that it is necessarily or unnecessarily complex depending on who you are! And although I am by title a Partner Technology Advisor, my support of Microsoft partners in the transaction process expose me to a lot of licensing...
  • Blog Post: How do I get Windows 8 RTM ?

    B  V  A Recently I have had several questions from Partners around Windows 8 and downloading the RTM, as well as, when it will be on the Volume licensing price sheet.  We have a number of programs that provides various audiences early access to the Windows 8 RTM code to help prepare for...
  • Blog Post: How do I get the All Apps View in Windows 8.1?

    Rob Waggoner Q:  When I swipe up from the bottom of the Start Screen, I don’t get the All Apps View ,  I get the Customize View .  How can I access the App Apps View in Windows 8.1? A:  In Windows 8.1, like Windows 8, the traditional “swipe from the bottom of the screen” still gives...
  • Blog Post: Windows RT, the rest of the story

    By Ron Grattopp …. If you’re a consistent follower of this blog, you might remember that I recently did a post around “what you need to know about Windows RT”.   The intent of that was to highlight 2 key points that anyone selling Window RT (WinRT) devices should insure their customers know...
  • 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: 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: SkyDrive Pro Apps for Windows 8 & iOS are here!

    Woody Walton This is important.  We cannot all follow every blog and with all the static in the blogosphere right now over Windows 8.1 I wanted to make certain you did not miss this.  SkyDrive Pro is the new brand for My Sites in  Office 365 & SharePoint online.  We have had a...
  • Blog Post: A Revised List of Learning Plans

    Woody Walton   Although not the end all be all from a training resource perspective, the MPN learning plans are a nice distillation of what is out there.  I often find that they save me time from canvassing the MPN site looking for training resources.  Below you will find an updated list...
  • Blog Post: Being a Nerd: Wireless VGA/HDMI

    OK… So I’m a self proclaimed nerd AND a presenter. This naturally leads to a frustration around showing Windows 8 to customers while using a tablet: the tablet computer is all about mobility and freedom but I had to be “tethered” to the projector with a VGA or HDMI cable. Now I found several devices...
  • Blog Post: Help your customers “Get2Modern” with Windows 8 and Office 2013

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- On April 8, 2014, Microsoft will end support for the decade-old Windows XP as well as Office 2003. This means your customers will no longer receive updates, including security updates, for Windows XP from Microsoft. The security and privacy implications...
  • Blog Post: Windows Intune Licensing Changes Announced

    B  V  A On September 10th, 2012 Microsoft previewed the roadmap for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 and the interoperability of Windows Intune and System Center Configuration Manager Console SP1 and Windows Intune.  This is extremely useful with Windows 8, Windows...