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16,000 Microsoft Partners are attending our annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) this week in Toronto, and the atmosphere is absolutely buzzing with positive energy and excitement around many of the announcements this week! If you missed WPC this year, below is a recap of this week's significant announcements at WPC: Windows 8 will be released to manufacturing (RTM) the first week of August and reach general availability (GA) by the end of October. Click here for more details Several really cool Windows 8 devices were demonstrated to partners this week with jaw-dropping responses!  Some of the devices I was most impressed with include: Acer Aspire S7 - 13” and 11” Ultrabooks  .... AMAZINGLY thin! ASUS convertible - a tablet that plugs into a keyboard, and impressed me the most Fujitsu Stylistic Q702 – a business-ready Ultrabook HP Spectre XT Pro – full-featur... (more)

Managing App-V 5 Virtual Apps with System Center 2012 ConfigMgr SP1

In today's TechNet Radio show, I'm back again for another episode in our System Center 2012 ConfigMgr SP1 series with Wally Mead, Senior Program Manager from the System Center Client Management team and all-around ConfigMgr Guru.  Tune in as we discuss new support for App-V 5 virtual applications and virtual environments. In this episode, we'll be covering ... New Support for App-V 5 virtual applications App-V 5 Connection Groups Deploying App-V 5 virtual applications Converting App-V 4.6 applications packages to App-V 5 Managing App-V 5 Virtual Applications with System Center 20... (more)

Build Your Private Cloud in a Month

Are you virtualizing your servers? Yes, of course! Are you spending less time managing your servers as a result? Hmm … No! Server Virtualization is Great, But … Server virtualization has been a great set of technologies to reduce our capital expenses and some operating expenses by consolidating a larger number of virtualized server workloads in a smaller footprint of physical rack space.  As a result, we’ve been able to purchase less data center hardware and likely have lower power and cooling costs in running our data center. However, most IT Pros are not seeing a reduction in the... (more)

Microsoft Releases eBook for IT Professionals to Learn Windows Server 2012

With Windows Server 2012, Microsoft introduces a collection of new features to address the evolving business and technical needs of modern IT infrastructures. Core to this experience is the need to scale out, virtualize, and move workloads, applications, and services to cloud architectures. These cloud architectures, in turn, must  offer new levels of agility, efficiency and availability to provide an appreciable ROI back to the business organization. Windows Server 2012 incorporates Microsoft's experience with designing, managing and operating public clouds, all based on Windo... (more)

Windows Azure Offerings Are Expanded with New IaaS Offerings

On June 7th, Microsoft announced several new infrastructure-as-a-service offerings within the Windows Azure cloud that are now available as a customer preview: Windows Azure Virtual Machines, Virtual Network, Web Sites and Media Services.  A full release of these features is anticipated later this calendar year. In particular, the new Windows Azure Virtual Machine and Virtual Network capabilities offer increased flexibility in planning private cloud deployments through the introduction of "hybrid" scenarios that leverage both private and public cloud resources. Private Clouds, t... (more)