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  • Blog Post: System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 has RTMed!

    Microsoft is pleased to announce the release to manufacturing (RTM) of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 – the next generation of Microsoft’s solution for managing the virtualized infrastructure. A key member of System Center – a centralized, enterprise-class suite of data center management...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 Released!

    Hi All, Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008, a bare metal hypervisor-based server virtualization product, is now available as a no-cost Web download at http://www.microsoft.com/Hyper-VServer . Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 provides a simplified, reliable and optimized virtualization solution for customers...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft and Partners Help Customers “Get Virtual Now”

    Today more than 20 partners announce plans for Microsoft virtualization solutions; Microsoft Hyper-V Server, Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 and System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 available within 30 days. New Server Virtualization and Management Products Product-related news at today...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Now Available

    Hi All, We’re excited to release IE8 Beta 2 today for public download. You can find it at http://www.microsoft.com/ie8 . Please try it out! You’ll find versions for 32- and 64-bit editions of Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008. In addition to English, IE8 Beta 2 is...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Introduces “Ultimate” Support Offering for Premier Family

    Hi All, Today we announced the worldwide availability of Microsoft Services Premier Ultimate, a new addition to the Microsoft Services Premier Support family. Premier Ultimate offers a new level of collaboration to select customers who have made the conscious decision to direct their technology investments...
  • Blog Post: About BlogMS - Team Blogs at Microsoft

    Hi All, BlogMS was started in May 2008 in response to customers who wanted to feel closer to the product groups.   The overall goal was to improve satisfaction levels among our customers and partners. From this site you will be able to receive regular weekly and monthly updates from product...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 is Released to Manufacturing!

    Hi All, The wait is over . SQL Server 2008 has been released and is ready to deliver a rich set of integrated services that enable you to do more with your data, such as query, search, synchronize, report, and analyze. Many of you have been evaluating the SQL Server 2008 betas, and may be ready to try...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2008 Releases New Update

    Hi All, We are pleased to announce the release of our first update to Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2008  (MDT 2008).  We have added two major features:  OEM preload scenarios for Lite Touch Installation and Zero Touch Installation with System Center Configuration Manager 2007 and a new...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s Hypervisor Technology Gives Customers Combined Benefits of Windows Server 2008 and Virtualization - RTM!

    Hi All, Following the launch of Windows Server 2008, Microsoft reached another milestone today with the release of Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, the hypervisor-based virtualization technology that is a feature of select versions of Windows Server 2008. The nearly 1.5 million copies of the Hyper-V beta...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 Release Candidate Availability!

    Hi All, A new release candidate for Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) is now available!! Along with building new features, the team has been working hard to bring the product into compliance with Microsoft shipping standards. TAP customers will be expanding their deployments to thousands...
  • Blog Post: Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides - Now in Beta!

    Hi All, We are pleased to announce that the Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) Beta has been updated! We have added the System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 , System Center Operations Manager 2007 , and Microsoft Internet Information Services 7.0 guides to our beta. Beta members can download...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 3.1 - Beta Released

    The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (or MAP ) is the next-generation version of the agent-less assessment platform from Microsoft. In this new version, MAP has expanded its capabilities into assessment areas of Hyper-V server virtualization, desktop security, and SQL 2008 migration.  In...
  • Blog Post: Identity Lifecycle Manager (ILM) “2” Beta 3 Now Available!

    Hi All, On June 10, 2008, Microsoft announced the public beta 3 availability of Identity Lifecycle Manager “2” (ILM “2”) at Teched USA. ILM “2” provides organizations with software for policy-based management of identities, credentials, and resources across heterogeneous environments. ILM “2” changes...
  • Blog Post: Windows Installer 4.5 is now available for download

    Hi All, Windows Installer provides a standard foundation for installing and uninstalling software. Software manufacturers can create the setup of their products to use Windows Installer to help make software installation, maintenance, and uninstallation straightforward and easy. The following new and...
  • Blog Post: Windows Home Server Power Pack 1 public beta!

    Hi All, The Windows Home Server team, in conjunction with all of our partners, MVPs, and "Dogfooders" is extremely happy to announce that a Release Candidate of Windows Home Server Power Pack 1 (Build 1771) is now available for public download and testing through Microsoft Connect ! Features...
  • Blog Post: Improving Web Services Security (Beta Release)

    The Patterns & Practices team has released the first version of the Improving Web Services Security: Scenarios and Implementation Guidance for WCF . It is contains comprehensive guidance on how to design and deploy Web Services using WCF, and should be an invaluable resource for those working in...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 2 Beta 2 Released

    Hi All, Silverlight 2 Beta 2 was released today. You can download both Silverlight 2 Beta2 and the Visual Studio and Expression Blend tools support to target it here . Beta 2 adds a lot of new features but is still a 4.6 MB download that takes less than 10 seconds to install on a machine. It does...
  • Blog Post: Windows Search 4.0 Released!

    Hi All, Would you like to instantly find and retrieve e-mail messages and attachments, business documents, media files, and many other file types located on PCs and file shares on your network. With Windows Search 4.0, simply type a search term and results quickly appear—including information within...
  • Blog Post: PowerPoint Producer 2007 beta

    Hi All, Today we will release the beta version of Microsoft Producer for Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 via our Connect site. This version of Producer works with PowerPoint 2007, Windows Vista, and IE7, and is also compatible with Open XML. This is a long-awaited add-in for many customers, we're happy...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 Service Pack 1 Now Available!

    Hi All, SP1 for PerformancePoint Server 2007 is now released and available for download. PerformancePoint Server 2007 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) includes enhancements such as improved query performance, increased compatibility with Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, additional data sources, and...
  • Blog Post: WorldWide Telescope Brings Space Exploration to Earth

    The final frontier got a bit closer today as Microsoft Corp. officially launched the public beta of its WorldWide Telescope, which is now available at http://www.worldwidetelescope.org . WorldWide Telescope is a rich Web application that brings together imagery from the best ground- and space-based observatories...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft and RIM to Bring Windows Live Services to BlackBerry Smartphone Customers

    SEATTLE, Wash., and WATERLOO, Ontario — May 12, 2008 — Microsoft Corp. and Research In Motion (RIM) today announced an agreement to provide Microsoft Windows Live services on BlackBerry ® smartphones. As a result of this collaboration, BlackBerry smartphone customers will enjoy easy mobile access to...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Delivers Cost-Effective Customer Support With Automated Service Agent

    Today at the SSPA Best Practices 2008 conference, Microsoft Corp. announced that it has further enhanced its online self-service and internal support tool, Microsoft Automated Service Agent (ASA), with a variety of new features. Powered by Microsoft’s natural language technology, ASA is a hosted solution...
  • Blog Post: Ecma Office Open XML Document Format Appears to Win Approval as an ISO/IEC Standard

    Hi All, After more than 14 months of intensive review, a Joint Technical Committee of the International Standardization Organization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has concluded its formal process to evaluate Ecma International’s submission of the Draft International...
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