Hi All,

The environment is high on the agenda of many corporate board rooms.   With this in mind and with IT services highlighted as a contributor to the company carbon footprint it seemed relevant to highlight the Microsoft website devoted to this subject.

Microsoft Environment – Innovating to improve the planet

You will find on this site News, Technical Guidance and Business Solutions to support customers and IT professionals in making a difference.   

http://www.microsoft.com/environment/

Here are links to three technical papers from the website which are relevant:

Energy Efficiency Best Practices in Microsoft Data Center Operations: Power and cooling costs are rising in data center operations. Learn best practices to improve energy efficiency.
http://www.microsoft.com/environment/our_commitment/articles/datacenter_bp.aspx

Application Power Management Best Practices for Windows Vista: The Microsoft Windows Vista operating system features significant changes to power management infrastructure, functionality, and user experiences. These changes impact all Windows components, including third-party applications and services. Application developers must be aware of the changes to power management in Windows Vista, and design and test their applications accordingly.

http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/system/pnppwr/powermgmt/PM_apps.mspx

Windows Server 2008 Power Savings: In Windows Server® 2008, Microsoft is introducing new features and technologies, some of which were not available in Windows Server® 2003, that will help to reduce the power consumption of server and client operating systems, minimize environmental byproducts, and increase server efficiency. This document describes some of these features and technologies.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=61d493fd-855d-4719-8662-3a40ba3a0a5c&displaylang=en

If you want to keep up to date – check out the Microsoft Environmental Sustainability Blog.

Microsoft Software Enabled Earth

http://blogs.msdn.com/see

Nick.