Neil Hutson - Focused on Emerging Technologies for Microsoft

I am responsible for the adoption of emerging technology platforms by developers and it professionals at Microsoft

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  • Blog Post: IIS Media Services 3.0, including IIS Live Smooth Streaming, has been released!

    We just released IIS Media Services 3.0, a set of extensions for Internet Information Services 7 (IIS) that provide an integrated HTTP-based media delivery platform.  This includes the new IIS Live Smooth Streaming and the separate IIS Advanced Logging package.  So how did we get here? Well...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista / Windows Server 2008 SP2 Released

    You can now download the latest Service Pack (SP2) for Vista and Windows Server. The Service Pack, which is a consolidation of a number of small fixes into one larger downloadable, was uploaded to the Download Center on Tuesday. As before, there is only one service pack which supports both OS’s to make...
  • Blog Post: Getting Personal with Windows Server 2008 R2 File Classification

    During the Keynote at TechEd 2009, we announced a few new Windows Server 2008 R2 Features that come in the RC .  One of these features, File Classification Infrastructure, is getting alot of buzz at the event, so Joey thought he should sit down with Nir Ben Zvi, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: TechED US – Day One Wrapup

    Adam from Edge provided a 1.5 min update on the key highlights from day one of TechED straight after the keynote had finished. Key things Holiday Release for Windows 7 File Classification Infrastructure in Windows Server 2008 R2 Key new things in Windows 7 from an ITPRO perspective
  • Blog Post: Beta 2 release of “Geneva” Framework, “Geneva” Server and Windows CardSpace “Geneva”

    Today we announced the availability of the beta 2 release of the “Geneva” products : “Geneva” Framework, “Geneva” Server and Windows CardSpace “Geneva” . The new beta introduces new features, such as the seamless integration with Visual Studio, which make even easier for developers to take advantage...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the PHP on Windows Training Kit

    I want to announced the availability of a “ PHP on Windows Training Kit ” to the MSDN download center.  The kit includes demos and hands-on labs to help you understand how to build PHP applications using Windows, IIS 7 and SQL Server 2008. We will expand the kit over time, but the current version...
  • Blog Post: The ID Element

    Donovan and Vittorio have been putting together an Identity section on Channel9 called “ The Id Element ”. This will contain all kinds of information about Identity and Access Control such as weekly interviews with product team members, developer how-tos, news, aggregated resources and more. It starts...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 R2 – 5 Minute “HOW TO” Videos

    Phil in the team have been recording a pretty extensive set of 5 min Video about developing for certain segments of Windows Server 2008 R2. Areas include Powershell V2 , lots of Windows Server 2008 R2 Core development areas such as NUMA support and finally how to develop applications for Server Core...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista Service Pack 2

    Today we announced the final availability of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 SP2 RC to MSDN and TechNet subscribers. SP2 RC is an update to Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 that, along with improvements delivered to users via Windows Update and via our hardware and software partners, addresses...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 R2

      One of the key things that got announced yesterday were details about the next release of Windows Server 2008. Called Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, it will build on the features and capabilities of the current Windows Server 2008 release version. The key features are broken down into 5 key...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Hyper-V already has 23% share of new Virtulization Machines

    There was a report out from IDC late last week which provides a great summary of the Virtualization business. The key number that I was surprised by, was that Hyper-V has already taken 23% of the Virtualization market for new machines in its first quarter of release.   x86 Virtualization License...
  • Blog Post: New IIS7 Extensions Being Released to the Web

    Joey recently spoke with Mai-Lan Tomsen Bukovec who is a Group Program Manager for IIS. They talked about a number of new extensions for IIS that are being released to the web such as the URL-Rewrite and some very cool new media extensions for those of you looking at putting media on your websites. You...
  • Blog Post: Group Policy Preferences

    Chris Henley put together a really detailed screen cast on Group Policy Preferences which is a key feature which came out in Windows Server 2008. This makes it possible to setup computer or user settings without necessarily knowing how to script them.  The following screen cast goes into the admin...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Announce the "Dublin" Application Server

    With the announcement of Visual Studio 2010, one thing that was not highlighted as much as the announcement of a new application server technology, codenamed “Dublin,” that will surface in Windows Server. This was combined with discussions about new enhancements to Windows Communication Foundation...
  • Blog Post: Best Places to find Windows HPC Server 2008 Resources

    Within the team we compiled a great lists of "best places" to find information about Windows HPC Server 2008 which just RTM'd. Community Sites which contain a lot of screens casts and interview content TechNet Edge - A collection of Windows HPC topical demonstrations for the IT Professionals...
  • Blog Post: Windows HPC Server 2008 ( V2) goes to RTM

    This morning we just announced the release of Windows HPC Server 2008 to manufacturing. This is a major milestone and ensures that the HPC offering supports the Windows Server 2008 release. Wenming in the team believes that this release will enable no scientist to be left behind in their pursuit by making...
  • Blog Post: Mark Russinovich: the future of Sysinternals, Security, Windows

    David interviewed Mark Russinovich for EDGE the other day and asked him some interesting questions about life at Microsoft such as big shocks, meetings with Bill Gates and the future of sysinternals. Take a look at the following location ( http://edge.technet.com/Media/Interview-with-Mark-Russinovich...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 RTM

    So SQLServer 2008 made it to RTM today. This is a pretty big release of the product and combined with the Data Access technologies such as the Entity Framework which is part of the Visual Studio wave, there is a lot of innovation to get developers and ITPRO excited. For the ITPRO there are some great...
  • Blog Post: DNS is like a toilet? Software like beer (18:25)?

    One of the last interviews at TechED was with Mark Minasi . He is one of the externals which has an amazing 8 session at TechED US this year. As you can see he is pretty animated. He talks a lot about DNS, IPV6, Command lines and his passion for Server Core... Pretty cool perspective on the industry...
  • Blog Post: So What does it feel like being a celebrity at Microsoft?

    So what does it feel like being a TechED presenter and a celebrity? Do people turn up because they want to listen to the presenters or the content. Here is an view into what it is like for most presenters at TechED. They have already spent 2 weeks getting their demos working ( I know I have been following...
  • Blog Post: Bob Muglia Gets a Grilling From An analyst

    At TechED, Bob Muglia got a answer some tuff questions from a leading analyst. There are some key questions around Dynamic IT ( what happened to the vision ), Virtualization and being late to market, VMWare's advanced capabilities and what is the next big bets ( a soft ball ). See how he did? Bob Muglia...
  • Blog Post: Application Support is still the biggest challenge to Virtualization

    From a hardware and software perspective the virtualization industry has made leaps and bounds over the last year with the support of hardware chipset technologies from AMD and Intel to support hypervisors which are coming on strong from Microsoft and VMWare. However the biggest challenge still seems...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft migrates MSCOM (MSDN and TechNet) to Hyper-V virtual machines

    MSCOM have been working for a while to get their infrastructure completely virtualized. If you were at MMS 2008 and heard Bob Muglia’s Keynote , you already know that MSDN.microsoft.com (MSDN) and TechNet.microsoft.com (TechNet) have been successfully running on Hyper-V. Late last week we provide more...
  • Blog Post: SMALL BUSINESS SERVER & ESSENTIAL BUSINESS SERVER preview and demo

    So this feels like Demo week for me. Essential Business Server (EBS) demo with Bjorn We just shipped the first public preview of Small Business Server and Essential Business Server(EBS). David on the EDGE team had an interview with one of the program managers for EBS.  Bjorn Levidow has been at...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Application Compatibility Labs RELEASED

    Jason has just finished the first four labs in a series of Windows Server 2008 Application Compatibility labs have been released on MSDN. You can find them as follows: - MSDN Virtual Lab: Windows Server 2008 - Access Rights, Impersonation - MSDN Virtual Lab: Windows Server 2008 - Impact of Code Signing...
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