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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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Great New Windows 8 Training Resources on the OEM Sales Center!

      Woody Walton   Keeping in mind that there are many types of Microsoft partners, it is always a good idea to snoop around and see what training, readiness, and customer focused content is available for the partner community at large, even if it does not map to precisely what you do. We are...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Release Preview Now Available!

    Woody Walton Hot off the press! Windows 8 Release Preview is now available! Check out Windows News room at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/presskits/windows/Default.aspx ! You can read Steven Sinofsky's blog post at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2012/05/31/delivering-the-windows...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading to Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 ???

    B  V  A Question – Can I do an In-Place upgrades to Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 ? Answer – Yes you can, but the some old rules still apply – In-place upgrades from 32-bit edition of Windows Server 2008, upgrades from one language to another, or from one build type to another (chk to fre...
  • Blog Post: Power BI for Office 365

    Michael Kophs – Cloud PTS This summer I was fortunate enough to experience the gauntlet of Microsoft conferences:  WPC (our Worldwide Partner Conference), MGX (internal sales conference) and TechReady (internal technical conference) in three consecutive weeks!  Throughout these three weeks...
  • Blog Post: Creating Windows 8 USB Windows to Go Drive

    B  V  A One of my favorite new features that offers significant business value to move to Windows 8 is the USB Windows to go .  Windows To Go workspace is an enterprise feature of Windows® 8 that enables users to boot Windows from a USB-connected external drive. Windows To Go drives can...
  • Blog Post: More info on enhanced security in Windows 8 and trusted boot redux

    By Ron Grattopp …. You’ll hear us TS2 guys and others say the Windows 8 is “a better Windows 7 than Windows 7”.  One of the most important aspects of this is the improvements Windows 8 has made in the area of security.  I’ve made the case in other posts that Windows 7 is actually the most secure...
  • Blog Post: File History, fan favorite feature of Windows 8

    By Ron Grattopp ….Now that we’ve launched the new Get2Modern campaign to hopefully motivate and incent folks to move up to Windows 8, I thought it would be good to review one of the key business value propositions for moving to Windows 8.  When I call it a “fan favorite feature” I’m referring to...
  • 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...