According to the Guinness Book of Records, Happy Birthday To You is the most recognised song in the English language and has been translated into 18 different languages.  The melody comes from a song called Good Morning to All.  In the US the copyright is owned by the Time Warner Group and it is alleged to be illegal to perform this song for profit unless you pay a royalty.

Where is the tenuous link to Microsoft, I hear you ask?  October sees the first year anniversary of one of our most significant products, Windows 7.   The product became available for general release on October 22nd 2009.  For Amazon in the UK it became the biggest grossing pre-order product of all time beating a book featuring a wizard called Harry.  In the world of business, we are also seeing increased adoption as customers move from previous versions such as Windows XP.  To mark the anniversary, I thought I would highlight some of the resources available to customers looking at deploying Windows 7 onto their desktops:

Optimised Desktop Event:

On the 1st of November our colleagues from Microsoft US will be in the UK presenting a workshop on deploying Windows 7 (and Office 2010). Places are available on a first come, first served basis.  More details and registration can be found online here or you can reserve a place by phone on 0870 166 6670 quoting Event reference: 3449.

Information on the benefits of deploying Windows 7:

Our Windows 7 web site has the latest information as to why you may want to deploy including white papers and customer examples

Self Service Proof of Concept:

If you are looking at a running a proof of concept, our Developer and Platform team have produced a Windows 7 digital guide with detailed steps on how to implement a proof of concept project.  

So if you’re celebrating a birthday in October then add another candle to the cake and join us in wishing happy birthday to Windows 7.

Posted by Dan