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SBS 2008 now available for download on MSDN

Tue, 16 Sep 2008 11:35:00 GMT

Hi there folks, so following on from my recent post on the fact that SBS 2008 has released to manufacturing (which means it will be in the shops soon), I saw today that SBS 2008 is now available to download from MSDN:

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I did notice that there is currently a slight mis-print in that it appears there are two disks for the x86 Windows Server 2008 disk, where as the 2nd one is actually the x64 disk (as noted in the ISO number).

 

It is also worth stating that for SBS 2008, to remove any issues around “Compatibility”, for those applications that are fussy, simply run them on the premium server which is Server 2008, so runs anything that you could run on Server 2008.

 

Go grab if you can’t wait to get it any other way … note that you only need disk 1 to install, but the rest to understand recovery and Premium solutions.

 

Thanks


David

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If you liked the Deep Zoom (aka Sea Dragon) tool, then you will be blown away by the preview of the Deep Zoom Composer

Thu, 13 Mar 2008 21:55:03 GMT

I created my Star Wars Deep Zoom preview and really liked it, but then contacted the author of the site to see how I could add more pictures and control the layout &/or host it myself.  Normally when I ask these sorts of questions I get a response about "later" and "out of beta", but instead I got pointed to these 3 articles and I have to say Wow!! You can see what someone can do with this technology at The Hard Rock Cafe - http://memorabilia.hardrock.com/ Download the Preview of the Deep Zoom Composer What is the Deep Zoom Composer?Deep Zoom Composer allows you to quickly import your own images, arrange and position them to your liking, and export the final output as either a Deep Zoom Image or Collection that can be fed into Silverlight's MutliScaleImage control. This means that you too can use your own images and display them using our Deep Zoom technology. Download the Deep Zoom Composer   However, having done this I needed a simple user guide.  At this point the blog Expression Blend and Design : Deep Zoom Composer User Guide came to my aid where there is indeed the user guide to download.  The tool is simple, but the guide helps you understand what you are doing.   Finally, I had arranged my pictures, however the output did not have zoom and pan capability.  Then I found the article Expression Blend and Design : Deep Zoom Sample with MouseWheel / Pan / Click-Zoom which basically enabled me to finish the job off.  All quite simple and the output looks fantastic. In your Web Site project, inside your ClientBin folder, you will see a folder called vistaWallpapers. The vistaWallpapers folder contains the images, xml, and bin files Deep Zoom Composer (DZC) output. To reuse this sample for your own projects, delete the vistaWallpapers folder and import your own folder containing the DZC output. Once you have done that, open Page.xaml in your Silverlight project and change the source of your MultiScaleImage control to point to your new folder and its info.bin file in your Web Site project: Once you have replaced your images and changed the path to the images in Page.xaml, build your project and view your DeepZoomOutput.html page in your browser. I'm glad that there are some clever people around who make all this seem so very, very simple!!   ttfn David Technorati Tags: Deep Zoom, SeaDragon, Expression, Blend, Developer, UX, Silverlight[...]



Technical RollUp : March 2008 - Technical Rollup Mail - Platforms (Windows, virtualisation, Active Directory, Core, Debugging, Terminal Services, Vista SP1 changes / new / implementation guides)

Mon, 03 Mar 2008 09:37:03 GMT

As always, from the Technical RollUp : March 2008 - Technical Rollup Mail - Platforms blog posting.  I've removed all the KB article stuff and it is worth pointing out that towards the end of the list are all the docs associated with what has changed with Windows Vista SP1: Blogs and information Windows Virtualization Team Blog http://blogs.technet.com/virtualization/ The World Simplified is a Virtual World http://blogs.technet.com/virtualworld/ Ask the Directory Services Team http://blogs.technet.com/askds/ Ask the Performance Team http://blogs.technet.com/askperf/ Microsoft Enterprise Networking Team http://blogs.technet.com/networking/ Ask the Core Team http://blogs.technet.com/askcore/ Microsoft Advanced Windows Debugging and Troubleshooting http://blogs.msdn.com/ntdebugging/ Terminal Services Team Blog http://blogs.msdn.com/ts/ The Hot Blog http://blogs.technet.com/hot/   Downloads Windows Server Update Services 3.0 SP1 Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Service Pack 1 (WSUS 3.0 SP1) delivers updates to corporate environments from Microsoft Update. This release fixes issue found since the release of the product. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/info.aspx?na=22&p=1&srcdisplaylang=en&srccategoryid=&srcfamilyid=&u=%2fdownloads%2fdetails.aspx%3ffamilyid%3df87b4c5e-4161-48af-9ff8-a96993c688df%26displaylang%3den Microsoft Windows Server Update Services 3.0 SP1 Overview This paper introduces Microsoft Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Service Pack 1 (WSUS 3.0 SP1) and provides information about features, and server and client computer requirements. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/info.aspx?na=22&p=2&srcdisplaylang=en&srccategoryid=&srcfamilyid=&u=%2fdownloads%2fdetails.aspx%3ffamilyid%3d1b5eac37-bd48-41fd-869b-f9b06fa64a61%26displaylang%3den Release Notes for Windows Server Update Services 3.0 SP1 These release notes describe known issues affecting Microsoft Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Service Pack 1 (WSUS 3.0 SP1) and include recommendations and requirements for installing the application. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/info.aspx?na=22&p=3&srcdisplaylang=en&srccategoryid=&srcfamilyid=&u=%2fdownloads%2fdetails.aspx%3ffamilyid%3d8a283ea4-1545-47d5-a86c-5ca379bafb9c%26displaylang%3den Step-by-Step Guide for Windows Server Update Services 3.0 SP1 This guide provides instructions for getting started with Microsoft Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Service Pack 1 (WSUS 3.0 SP1). http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/info.aspx?na=22&p=4&srcdisplaylang=en&srccategoryid=&srcfamilyid=&u=%2fdownloads%2fdetails.aspx%3ffamilyid%3dc8fa2fd1-72f6-4f19-a1b0-f689dae14be6%26displaylang%3den Deploying Microsoft Windows Server Update Services 3.0 SP1 This paper describes how to deploy Microsoft Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Service Pack 1 (WSUS 3.0 SP1). http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/info.aspx?na=22&p=8&srcdisplaylang=en&srccategoryid=&srcfamilyid=&u=%2fdownloads%2fdetails.aspx%3ffamilyid%3d208e93d1-e1cd-4f38-ad1e-d993e05657c9%26displaylang%3den Microsoft Windows Server Update Services 3.0 SP1 Operations Guide This paper documents the major tasks involved in administering and troubleshooting Microsoft Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Service Pack 1 (WSUS 3.0 SP1). http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/info.aspx?na=22&p=9&srcdisplaylang=en&srccategoryid=&srcfamilyid=&u=%2fdownloads%2fdetails.aspx%3ffamilyid%3d66d250fa-670f-4a49-95ec-2ffda7691f55%26displaylang%3den Volume Activation 2.0 Technical Guidance Technical documentation for planning, deployment, and operations of Volume Activation 2.0 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. Includes the Volume Activation 2.0 Overview Guide, Planning Guide, Deployment Guide, Operations Guide, Resources, FAQ and Technical Attributes. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/info.aspx?na=22&p=11&srcdisplaylang=en&srccategoryid=&srcfamilyid=&u=%2fdownloads%2fdetails.aspx%3[...]



Announcing the Retirement of the Partner TDT and Release of New Product Demos Resource

Thu, 07 Feb 2008 17:53:37 GMT

Chris Parkes sent a mail round internally telling us about MORE resources & demos etc available to partners.  Chris has written about it on his blog (discovered this after I wrote this - here, there may be some comments on his worth reading, so double check!!)

The Demo Showcase has been extended to include Deep Dive/Product virtual environments *which are available to all partners*  Only Demo Showcase remains as the Gold/Cert benefit moving forwards...

The following are now available for immediate download:

2007 Microsoft Office System

  • 47 Hands-on Labs
  • 25 demonstrations

Microsoft Forefront and System Center Demonstration Toolkit

  • Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager
  • Microsoft System Center Operations Manager
  • Intelligent Application Gateway
  • Microsoft Forefront Security for Exchange Server
  • Forefront Client Security

Microsoft Business Intelligence Demo (Data warehousing, reporting and analysis, performance management)

  • Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007
  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007
  • Microsoft Office 2007
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005

 

Download location is here:

https://partner.microsoft.com/global/salesmarketingsection/smsalesdemos/sdproductdemos

As for the difference between the two, the web site says:

"This collection of Microsoft software product demonstrations is designed to complement the business-scenario-based Demo Showcase sales tool. These demos illustrate product-specific features and functionality in detail, while the Demo Showcase tool helps illustrate how a full range of integrated Microsoft software platform solutions work together in business scenarios. Use the links in the table to download or order the product demos you need."

However I was able to access the demo content online at https://partner.microsoft.com/global/salesmarketingsection/smsalesdemos/sddemoshowcase - perhaps as I am a SBSC partner!! (image)

 

ttfn

David

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Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 VPC Image

Sun, 03 Feb 2008 19:55:11 GMT

I saw this and thought I would share for those who had not seen it - Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 VPC Image

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 VPC Image

Get familiar with the upcoming Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 release: Preview Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 in a Virtual PC (VPC) image.

Overview

This Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 preview leverages Release Candidate (RC0) code in a Virtual PC image. The demo is designed as a one-computer setup with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 server and Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 client for Microsoft Outlook.

Note: Although the image can be utilised on a single PC or laptop computer, it is strongly suggested that the image be run using an external USB 2.0 hard drive for best performance. If you do not have an external drive, you can run the image locally on the host computer; however, you will experience a decrease in performance.

Contents

This VPC contains the following:

  • Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 (RC0)

  • Microsoft Dynamics CRM Laptop and Desktop Client

  • Microsoft Dynamics CRM SDK (C:\CRM Tools\SDK)

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition (SP2)

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005

  • Internet Explorer 7

  • Microsoft Office Professional 2007

  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007

  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2005

  • POP3 E-Mail Services (No Exchange)

  • Microsoft LCA Approved Sample Data

System Requirements

Supported Operating Systems

  • Windows Vista operating system; Microsoft Windows XP

Other Requirements

  • Personal computer with1.5 GHz or higher processor and at least 2.0 gigabytes (GB) of RAM

  • 12 GB of available hard drive space

  • Super VGA (1024x768) video adapter/monitor

  • Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 software (Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 and Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 also compatible)

ttfn

 

David

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Photos, photography, JPEG XR, Photosynth, the future of photography and Seadragons - why all the excitement?

Fri, 23 Nov 2007 08:42:00 GMT

It's funny working in an industry where if you are not going at 50,000 miles an hour you are considered to be standing still.  One area where Microsoft is speeding along is photography.  In this post I will explore the announcements, the demos, short and long term products and then the future that lots of people are beginning to see.  For me, the fact that people are already seeing such a future and its possibilities is very exciting (both the visions and the fact they are having them without drugs!! (humour)) Look at the recent events: Raw photo support in 2005 - Microsoft and Imaging Industry Leaders Unveil Support for Digital Photo HD (which some people thought was a JPEG killer.. tut tut) - HD Photo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia JPEG XR - JPEG committee supports Photo HD as next gen JPEG TrustedReviews - Official Jpeg Successor Is Microsoft's HD Photo Now this is all very nice, but so what - a better format for bigger pictures, that could be a bit like FAT disks getting FAT32 format, but it is not.  Now read about Photosynth and Seadeagon and you realise that people are not just seeing a HD future, but a future where seeing details and accessing them is much, much easier: The demos by themselves are awesome - Chris Koenig : Seadragon and Photosynth If you haven't already seen Seadragon or Photosynth, then you need to watch this video from TED 07.  The speaker, Blaise Aguera y Arcas, is an Architect at Microsoft, and responsible for the Seadragon product. This is AMAZING technology - absolutely unbelievable what they've been able to do here.  You can try out Photosynth for yourself today, but Seadragon itself is not publicly available (I can't wait to get my hands on this Seadragon demo)!  The short term future is described by people like Pete: Microsoft & Photography - Pete's Eats I've been a heavy Photoshop user since v2.5 now but thought I'd do some research at Microsoft to see what kinds of things we have to offer too. I have to say, I was pretty surprised at the content I found and thought I should share... Microsoft Pro Photo - a site devoted to professional photographers with news, blog, articles and events. I've only just started to explore this site myself but I'm pretty impressed so far. One of the recent news items there is announcing a partnership between Phase One and Microsoft. Microsoft Photo Info - an add-in for Windows Explorer that enables you to see and edit the metadata of an image without opening another application. This is actually pretty handy. Microsoft Pro Photo Downloads - a download site, linked from the Pro Photo site. Features some great apps, articles and utilities such as Synctoy and various Photoshop workflow pieces. Microsoft Research Group Shot - use this to create a composite image from a series of photos. I haven't played with this yet, but it's from MS Research so should be worth it... Photosynth - browse large collections of photo's in 3D. You have to see the videos to get this. Seadragon - not specifically for photo's, but imagine being able to view large images like this if you're a pro photogrpaher... The speed is amazing and will be seriously useful in a studio environment I think. So, some pretty good resources so far. I'm sure there are some more hidden depths to explore too... In fact, the information already available has lead to some people being inspired to write their own tools: Microsoft Releases SEAMonster "Content-Aware Image Resizing" Utility In April, I saw SEAMonster demonstrated by one of the Microsoft Research guys. It's hard to quickly explain the amazing differences between simply "cropping or resizing an image" as opposed to "content-aware seam carving" -- so pah-lease: Watch this quick video! Download SEAMonster Beta Can SEADragon be released next? People are n[...]



UK SMB Girl » DemoShowcase goes SBSC

Tue, 13 Nov 2007 10:47:27 GMT

This is old news, but in-case you have not seen it, here we go.  The Demo Showcase is an extremely valuable sales and learning tool, but it is also a benefit of the being a Certified Partner. Most SBSC partners are not Certified partners though, so this is a great win.

DemoShowcase goes SBSC

October 25th, 2007

Great news! Microsoft Corp. have finally allowed one of the greatest tools that bridges the gap between the techies and the sales teams.

Vijay announced it on his blog after the much anticipated Worldwide SBSC PALs meeting.

Thank you to Nigel Postings and Chris Parkes for taking the feedback the Community has been generating over the last few months regarding this and helping to make a difference with the big guns.

Keep an eye out for it in your Action Packs (I assume?)

UK SMB Girl » DemoShowcase goes SBSC

 

ttfn

David

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An update from Vijay on the SBSC PALs Quarterly Conference Call and further evidence that Microsoft might sometimes be slow to react to feedback, but it does react and the results are often good

Thu, 01 Nov 2007 08:17:26 GMT

I saw this post of Vijays (» SBSC PALs Quarterly Conference Call) and thought it was worth highlighting some of it:

Michael Risse, VP of the Small and Midmarket Business Group has issued an open letter to SBSC Partners about the issues with Solution Finder.

Demo Showcase 2007 will be available to all SBSC Partners, shipping this December. I clarified that it will be the Virtual Server Images and not just the canned simulations and Andrea said it will be the full versions.

The Managed Newsgroups are now 24 hour in the UK and other selected countries from last week.

Special Edition Toolkit will ship in December provided you are a SBSC Partner before 30 November. You will get Vista anytime upgrade to Ultimate from Business, eval of Forefront for Sharepoint/Exchange, Demo Showcase 2007, Brand Tools, Viral Videos, Licensing Guidance, printable Small Business Guide.

Customer Campaigns around the following areas (hopefully call to action will be go to a SBSC Partner but depends upon how Microsoft UK implements them)

  • Security and Reliability
  • Business Productivity
  • Customer Acquisition & Retention
  • Business Solutions

Also, Microsoft are asking where we would like support from Microsoft to build business in new areas such as CRM, Sharepoint, SCE, Security and/or vertical market segments.

For all the requests, Vista Ultimate will be part of the offering to SBSC partners and the special recognition that SBSC partners continues to grow.  It is also nice to see that the managed newsgroups are now manned 24hrs, so PLEASE use them to help diagnose problems.

 

ttfn

David

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Microsoft Windows security tools, Server 2008 readiness, step-by-step guides, virtualisation updates, synctoy beta, VHDs and LOTS on the new Terminal Services

Thu, 01 Nov 2007 08:11:24 GMT

This is an extract from the TRM blog which can be found here http://blogs.technet.com/trm/. I have removed the KB article list and some items which I don't think are relevant to small business / ISV partners, however the full info can be found on the blog page too. News Microsoft Security Assessment Tool 3.0 The Microsoft Security Assessment Tool (MSAT) is a risk-assessment application designed to provide information and recommendations about best practices for security within an information technology (IT) infrastructure. http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7623431 Start your Microsoft Windows 2008 Readiness Right Here Focus on readiness for Windows Server 2008 now, and you can be the one who stands out when initiatives happen - and when promotion decisions are made. Let Microsoft Learning resources give you the head start you need to transition your skills and credentials to the latest Windows Server technologies - from free elearning clinics and free ebook downloads. http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7623432 Get an Extra Shot at Microsoft Certification For a limited time, you can get an extra chance to pass any Microsoft IT Professional, Developer or Microsoft Dynamics Certification exam - free. Register for this offer before your first exam and you'll get two shots at success. Register now! http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7623434 The Windows Server 2008 Upgrade Exam Is Coming Update your skills and get ready for the Windows Server 2008 certification exam with special offers on e-learning collections and classroom training. http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7623435 Documents Windows Server 2008 Technical Overviews These technical overviews provide IT Professionals with information about how a Windows Server 2008 technology works. They may also cover design and planning considerations and basic setup and operating instructions. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=46dc26d6-af47-43f0-b3de-521831fe09d6&DisplayLang=en Windows Server 2008 Step-by-Step Guides These step-by-step guides help IT Professionals learn about and evaluate Windows Server 2008. These documents are downloadable versions of guides found in the Windows Server 2008 Technical Library. (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=86808) http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=518d870c-fa3e-4f6a-97f5-acaf31de6dce&DisplayLang=en Managing Virtual Server Host Clustering using System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007 Microsoft® System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2007 manages a virtualized data center running Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 and provides unified management of physical and virtual machines, consolidation of underutilized physical servers, and rapid provisioning of new virtual machines. This document provides an introduction to the methods and concepts that Information Technology (IT) professionals can use to manage Virtual Server clustered hosts using VMM. Virtual Server host clustering allows you to use a small number of physical servers to provide a wide variety of services, while maintaining the availability of the services that you provide. If a physical host server requires scheduled or unscheduled downtime, another host server is able to quickly begin supporting services. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=75bd4642-b731-42a2-9770-ff8aeff9eed9&DisplayLang=en Windows Vista User Experience Guidelines Use this page to download a preliminary draft of the Windows Vista User Experience Guidelines (or UX Guide). These guidelines contain information on what’s new in Windows Vista, design principles, and guidelines for controls, commands, text, interaction, windows, aesthetics, and the Windows environment. They help designers and developers create high-quality Windows Vista applications with a consistent “look and feel.“ http://www.microsoft.com[...]



A selection of WPF-based (Silverlight) applications

Sun, 26 Aug 2007 23:24:32 GMT

I saw this blog entry and just had to share it - a number of Silverlight application (don't know how many will work with the updated Silverlight builds) - WPF Cornucopia - A selection of WPF-based applications.  Below are some of my favourites.  There are many more on the blog entry Some cool WPF and Silverlight applications that you can download or play with today. The deployment model has been added so that you know what you are getting into as far as installation goes. Lots are using ClickOnce .application files and .xbaps, so installation is trivial! My Web Pages Starter KitNew with Silverlight Demo(Web Application)New York Times ReaderNext-generation online reading experience for the NY Times(MSI)Microsoft Calendar Printing AssistantGenerate printed calendars from your Outlook schedule(MSI)Microsoft Expression BlendDesigner tool for building WPF experiences(MSI) Microsoft Expression DesignIllustration and graphic design tool(MSI)Microsoft Windows Live for TV3D access to Messenger contacts from Media Center or IE(MSI) Wikipedia Explorer3D exploration of related articles from Wikipedia(Application) iBloksMashup application for creating 3D movies(MSI)RikReaderRSS Reader that integrates with Internet Explorer 7(Application) NostalgiaYahoo! Flickr browser and photo manager(Application)Cine.ViewNetflix movie queue manager(Application) Actipro WizardA control for building wizard dialogs in WPF (XBAP) British Library Turning the PagesBritish Library's 'virtual viewer' for some of their most precious books(XBAP) ITN Hub PlayerVideo clips and news stories from ITN(Application)Evolution Media CenterHTPC Front-end with stunning animations and dynamic XAML-skinning(ZIP) WeatherNewsWeather visualization(XBAP) DOSVComputer Configuration(XBAP)Roxio CentralDVD and CD Burning Software(Application) 90 Degree's RadiusReporting Tool for Business Data(Application) Forbes.com ReaderNews Reader Application from Forbes.com(Application) Seattle Post-Intelligencer PI ReaderNews Reader(Application) Dev ComponentsOffice 2007 Ribbon for WPF(Application) Daily Mail eReaderOnline reading experience for UK Newspaper(Application) The North Face In-Store ExplorerGo to Store to experience(Retail kiosk) Windows Vista MagazineUses same viewer as the British Library app(XBAP) ttfn David Technorati Tags: Silverlight, WPF, Demos[...]



Windows Client (Vista and XP) - Active X installer service, Volume Activation Tool, Diagnosing XP crashes, modifying the boot configuration parameters

Mon, 20 Aug 2007 23:32:00 GMT

If you use volume licensing with Windows Vista then you need to be aware of the tools to manage them - it is not as simple as it used to be as you now need a management tool inside the business.  VAMT answers this as does Desktop Management.  Then we have some webcasts on slow networks, diagnosing crashes in Windows XP (although many of the techniques work for Vista too), backup and restore in Vista, using the ActiveX installer Service and Boot config parameters VAMT 1.0 (x86) The Volume Activation Management Tool enables IT professionals to automate and centrally manage the volume activation process using a Multiple Activation Key (MAK). VAMT v1.0 is only available as a US-EN (x86) release. Best Practices on Managing Windows Vista Desktops Get best practice guidance for managing Windows Vista desktop operations. Windows Vista Service Life-Cycle Management (WVSLM) provides concise guidance to help minimise the total cost of ownership of desktop infrastructure. Process guidance and document templates help make service management concepts from the IT Infrastructure Library and the Microsoft Operations Framework tangible and easily implementable by focusing on a single and common IT service. http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7137227 TechNet Webcast: "The Network is Slow": Identifying the Cause of Slow Network Communications (Level 200) The Offline Crash Diagnostic tool for Windows XP is available  - http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=923800 TechNet Magazine: The ActiveX Installer Service in Windows Vista How do you secure the desktop against malicious ActiveX controls without limiting application compatibility? We'll take you on a tour of the ActiveX Installer Service (AxIS) in Windows Vista that addresses this issue with a new way to manage ActiveX controls. http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7137204 Discover How to Modify Boot Configuration Parameters In the Boot Configuration Data (BCD) Editor FAQ, find out what the BCD store is, why it was created, where it's located in the registry, how to modify it and more. http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7137205 TechNet Webcast: Backup and Restore in Windows Vista (Level 300) Wednesday, August 29, 2007 11:30 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada) http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7138605   ttfn David Technorati Tags: Windows Vista, Windows XP, BCD Parameters, Backup and Restore, Vista, VAMT[...]



How unified communications could be with Exchange 2007 and Office Communications Server (OCS)

Fri, 10 Aug 2007 12:01:20 GMT

Unified Communications, VoIP, IM, e-mail, messaging, call redirecting, talking to your calendar - so hard to explain in words, so easy to watch in this short demo.

 

A bit cheesy, but it works

 

ttfn

David

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Slides from todays Webcast on Windows SharePoint Services on SBS (WSS v2 & WSS v3)

Wed, 08 Aug 2007 09:40:15 GMT

Today I did my last Webcast on SBS.  It was the 3rd of a 3 parter on SBS.  Part 1 was about how to use the OPK, part 2 was on Configuring SBS.  I will post links to part 1 & 2 later today, but thought I would get the last one out 1st.  If you watched the Webcast you will know that explorer crashed on my machine stopping the demos with word and excel working, which was not desired, but I did load 2 beta patches onto my system yesterday, so now the diagnosis as to wether that was the problem begins.   Anyway, if you want the slides set they can be found here.  Some of the useful links from the deck are: WSS v2 Office 2003 web parts (the last ones) http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=38be67a5-2056-46a1-84b1-337ffb549c5c&displaylang=en Samples and information http://www.sharepointcustomization.com/wss/articles.htm Enable Office 2007 support http://uksbsguy.com/blogs/doverton/archive/2007/03/13/how-to-get-companyweb-windows-sharepoint-services-v2-to-work-with-office-2007.aspx Backup and restore of WSS using admin command line http://www.microsoft.com/smallbusiness/support/articles/backup_restore_sbs2003.mspx#EPDAE Recycle bin support in WSS v2 http://mindsharpblogs.com/Todd/archive/2005/10/06/719.aspx   WSS v3 Comparison of v2 & v3 features http://www.microsoft.com/technet/windowsserver/sharepoint/techref/versions.mspx External access to v3 site & renaming it to companyweb http://msmvps.com/blogs/cgross/archive/2007/01/25/companyweb-sharepoint-v3-part-1.aspx - Enable e-mail for WSS v3 site http://www.mrict.co.uk/resources/incoming_email_for_wss_3_and_sbs.asp Since the Office integration failed to fire due to the beta patches I will re-record these and post on the web.   ttfn David Technorati Tags: WSS v2, WSS v3, Windows SharePoint Services, SBS 2003, SBS 2003 R2, Office System[...]



Why should a small business use Office 2007

Fri, 20 Jul 2007 06:46:00 GMT

  Once again I thought I would put pen to e-paper on the top reasons I give people to move to Office 2007.  I don't think there are many businesses out there that use a PC and don't use some form of office productivity suite and while most use Microsoft Office XX (where XX could be 97, 2000, XP or 2003), some use other products that in my opinion just don't compare for a business that wants to look great and work efficiently. With Office offering a massive choice of products and features, these are the headlines I use when talking to people. For those with a version of Microsoft Office, but not 2007 More Professional and Impressive documents and materials Use Microsoft Publisher 2007 to build sales and marketing materials that look agency made, but are actually in-house work The updated Microsoft Word 2007 has many features to ensure your documents have a professional, consistent look and feel throughout the whole document conforming to your brand goals (no matter how big or small they might be).  The readability tests will also share with you how easy it is for someone to understand the document. Writing can be so unengaging, yet pictures are often very time consuming to get right.  Using the new text features, features such as subtle shading or reflections or glowing words are a click away and can make text dazzle.  For the words that can be better communicated in a picture the impressive Smart Art feature can take a simple list and turn it into a process diagram, or an organisation chart and all with any of the new professional style schemes to be sure to enhance the impact. Most people can recognise an "old" Excel charts - the colours are bland and the charts often quite flat.  For this very reason the charts in Office 2007 have been given a significant facelift to ensure they look professional, while still conveying the information they are supposed to. While sending an Office document to someone is very common, sometimes you want to be able to send something they can't edit, such as a price list or quote.  Every application in the Office 2007 suite can now save your documents in Adobe PDF format without you having to buy expensive "authoring" software - its free as part of Office. Customer Management Business Contact Manager (BCM), which is part of Office 2007 Small Business Edition (and Professional and Ultimate), enables you to track customer correspondence, e-mails and sales opportunities.  This has been improved so that e-mail sent or received by one person in your business can be see in the account management screens by everyone.  Likewise the new reports enable you to instantly see the status of your accounts and sales opportunities. You can now also run targeted marketing campaigns to a group of customers, where BCM will allow this to be via e-mail based campaigns with tracking information or by producing the materials for a paper based campaigns.  You can then follow up on the people who have and have not responded as needed Finding information at the right time is hard, but using the built in search in Microsoft Outlook 2007 you can find any e-mail by what is in the e-mail, by a date range or a particular sender or recipient in less than a second.  This means that even when on the phone you can be super responsive to that e-mail you sent them 9 weeks ago and they want to talk about it! Mobile access to information If you like using Microsoft Outlook 2007 when in the office you can now use all the features of Outlook when out of the Office.  It automatically carries all of your e-mail, calendar and contact inform[...]



How to use Office Outlook 2007 with any internet connection and how to access Outlook Web Access from any web browser - all in a Video presented with Silverlight

Thu, 19 Jul 2007 12:56:30 GMT

The Video I have delivered a number of Vista and Office demos over my time, so I decided to record a number of them for others to borrow, use, learn from or anything else they choose. This video covers the following subjects in enough detail for people to hopefully understand what they need to know on how to use Outlook via a web browser and via an internet connection: Outlook Web Access with recent browser (IE5 or above) Outlook Web Access basic or lite edition for low speed internet connections Configure Outlook to use RPC over HTTP To see the video played using Silverlight (just try it) click here*. I am hoping that in the near future that the WMV file will be available at new bCentral - the UK Small Business Center on MS.com.  At the moment it is not available there, but a copy can be found here * it will take a few moments to open if you have Silverlight installed and require you to download Silverlight if you don't, but it is a 1MB download How I made it I simply ran through part of my normal demo talking as I went.  When presenting to an audience it is easy to correct anything you do without anyone caring, however I tried to fix up the videos so this was not a problem.  This has one drawback which is that the sound is not that good (one of those things I want to fix, but have not yet got round to) due to editing & cutting of the videos. I find it really hard to talk and move the mouse to the right place at the same time without a fluff in either my words or my mouse movements. Having captured the video is was simple to turn them into "Silverlight" Videos that were hosted on the Silverlight Streaming site for your pleasure - if you like them I can do more.  Feel free to re-record the audio and play for your customers of make as a download for them. I have cut 10 videos to date and will release them over the next 2 weeks.  The videos cover: For Vista - How to copy files to a DVD / CD, Use the recycle bin, Use previous versions for files and Use the built in Vista backup to check for Updates in Windows Vista use the new Security features in Vista and Internet Explorer to stop malware (spyware and viruses) from infecting your computer share files using Live Messenger For Office 2007 - How to find and use an Accounting template to use with Office Excel 2007 and then change it from US to UK currency, change the formatting of dates and drag lists (or Excel Tips and Tricks 1) use Conditional Formatting in Office Excel 2007 to make numbers easier to read  (or Excel Tips and Tricks 2) remove hidden information from Office 2007 documents using the document inspector use Office Outlook 2007 with any internet connection and how to access Outlook Web Access from any web browser take an ordinary document and make it look even more professional with cover pages, table of contents, formatting of headings, titles and numbering, changing paragraph spacing, insert pictures and diagrams to have impact and using SmartArt to make processes easier to understand. For Both - How to take your files with you using Vista Offline folders and Office Outlook 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services V3 ttfn David Technorati Tags: Outlook, Outlook Web Access, RPC over HTTP, Outlook Anywhere, Office 2007[...]



How to use the new Security features in Vista and Internet Explorer to stop malware (spyware and viruses) from infecting your computer - all in a Video presented with Silverlight

Wed, 18 Jul 2007 13:39:28 GMT

The Video I have delivered a number of Vista and Office demos over my time, so I decided to record a number of them for others to borrow, use, learn from or anything else they choose. This video covers the following subjects in enough detail for people to hopefully understand what they need to know on how to use these features in Windows Vista and understand how to be a little safer online: Phishing protection in Internet Explorer ActiveX blocking in Internet Explorer Windows Defender in Windows Vista To see the video played using Silverlight (just try it) click here*. I am hoping that in the near future that the WMV file will be available at new bCentral - the UK Small Business Center on MS.com.  At the moment it is not available there, but a copy can be found here * it will take a few moments to open if you have Silverlight installed and require you to download Silverlight if you don't, but it is a 1MB download How I made it I simply ran through part of my normal demo talking as I went.  When presenting to an audience it is easy to correct anything you do without anyone caring, however I tried to fix up the videos so this was not a problem.  This has one drawback which is that the sound is not that good (one of those things I want to fix, but have not yet got round to) due to editing & cutting of the videos. I find it really hard to talk and move the mouse to the right place at the same time without a fluff in either my words or my mouse movements. Having captured the video is was simple to turn them into "Silverlight" Videos that were hosted on the Silverlight Streaming site for your pleasure - if you like them I can do more.  Feel free to re-record the audio and play for your customers of make as a download for them. I have cut 10 videos to date and will release them over the next 2 weeks.  The videos cover: For Vista - How to copy files to a DVD / CD, Use the recycle bin, Use previous versions for files and Use the built in Vista backup to check for Updates in Windows Vista use the new Security features in Vista and Internet Explorer to stop malware (spyware and viruses) from infecting your computer share files using Live Messenger For Office 2007 - How to find and use an Accounting template to use with Office Excel 2007 and then change it from US to UK currency, change the formatting of dates and drag lists (or Excel Tips and Tricks 1) use Conditional Formatting in Office Excel 2007 to make numbers easier to read  (or Excel Tips and Tricks 2) remove hidden information from Office 2007 documents using the document inspector use Office Outlook 2007 with any internet connection and how to access Outlook Web Access from any web browser take an ordinary document and make it look even more professional with cover pages, table of contents, formatting of headings, titles and numbering, changing paragraph spacing, insert pictures and diagrams to have impact and using SmartArt to make processes easier to understand. For Both - How to take your files with you using Vista Offline folders and Office Outlook 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services V3 ttfn David Technorati Tags: Silverlight, How To, Vista, Internet Explorer, IE[...]



How to find and use an Accounting template to use with Office Excel 2007 and then change it from US to UK currency, change the formatting of dates and drag lists (or Excel Tips and Tricks 1) - all in a Video presented with Silverlight

Fri, 13 Jul 2007 22:15:00 GMT

The Video I have delivered a number of Vista and Office demos over my time, so I decided to record a number of them for others to borrow, use, learn from or anything else they choose. This video covers the following subjects in enough detail for people to hopefully understand what they need to know on how to use these features in Excel 2007 and apply them to all of the Office 2007 applications: Find a template and use it - I use an accounting template as it is based on Office 2003 and US based Change the currency cells from dollars to pounds using find and replace for formatting Change the date formatting from US to UK Dragging a list across a range of cells to give column a different month To see the Excel 2007 Video played using Silverlight (just try it) click here*. If you want to download it as a WMV file then head over to the new bCentral - the UK Small Business Center on MS.com - It is on this page as an Excel Accounting sample:   * it will take a few moments to open if you have Silverlight installed and require you to download Silverlight if you don't, but it is a 1MB download How I made it I simply ran through part of my normal demo talking as I went.  When presenting to an audience it is easy to correct anything you do without anyone caring, however I tried to fix up the videos so this was not a problem.  This has one drawback which is that the sound is not that good (one of those things I want to fix, but have not yet got round to) due to editing & cutting of the videos. I find it really hard to talk and move the mouse to the right place at the same time without a fluff in either my words or my mouse movements. Having captured the video is was simple to turn them into "Silverlight" Videos that were hosted on the Silverlight Streaming site for your pleasure - if you like them I can do more.  Feel free to re-record the audio and play for your customers of make as a download for them. I have cut 10 videos to date and will release them over the next 2 weeks.  The videos cover: For Vista - How to copy files to a DVD / CD, Use the recycle bin, Use previous versions for files and Use the built in Vista backup to check for Updates in Windows Vista use the new Security features in Vista and Internet Explorer to stop malware (spyware and viruses) from infecting your computer share files using Live Messenger For Office 2007 - How to find and use an Accounting template to use with Office Excel 2007 and then change it from US to UK currency, change the formatting of dates and drag lists (or Excel Tips and Tricks 1) use Conditional Formatting in Office Excel 2007 to make numbers easier to read  (or Excel Tips and Tricks 2) remove hidden information from Office 2007 documents using the document inspector use Office Outlook 2007 with any internet connection and how to access Outlook Web Access from any web browser take an ordinary document and make it look even more professional with cover pages, table of contents, formatting of headings, titles and numbering, changing paragraph spacing, insert pictures and diagrams to have impact and using SmartArt to make processes easier to understand. For Both - How to take your files with you using Vista Offline folders and Office Outlook 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services V3 ttfn David Technorati Tags: Silverlight, How To, Vista, Excel, Accounting, Office [...]



How to copy files to a DVD / CD, Use the recycle bin, Use previous versions for files and Use the built in Vista backup tools - all in a Video presented with Silverlight

Thu, 12 Jul 2007 19:46:00 GMT

The Video I have delivered a number of Vista and Office demos over my time, so I decided to record a number of them for others to borrow, use, learn from or anything else they choose. This video covers the following subjects in enough detail for people to hopefully understand what they need to know on how to use these tools: Use of the recycle bin Use of shadow copies to undo changes to a document Use of the DVD writing tools to copy and update files on a DVD Use of the built in Vista Backup tools To see the Backup Video played using Silverlight (just try it) click here*. If you want to download it as a WMV file then head over to the new bCentral - the UK Small Business Center on MS.com - It should appear on this page soon.  * it will take a few moments to open if you have Silverlight installed and require you to download Silverlight if you don't, but it is a 1MB download How I made it I simply ran through part of my normal demo talking as I went.  When presenting to an audience it is easy to correct anything you do without anyone caring, however I tried to fix up the videos so this was not a problem.  This has one drawback which is that the sound is not that good (one of those things I want to fix, but have not yet got round to) due to editing & cutting of the videos. I find it really hard to talk and move the mouse to the right place at the same time without a fluff in either my words or my mouse movements. Having captured the video is was simple to turn them into "Silverlight" Videos that were hosted on the Silverlight Streaming site for your pleasure - if you like them I can do more.  Feel free to re-record the audio and play for your customers of make as a download for them. I have cut 10 videos to date and will release them over the next 2 weeks.  The videos cover: For Vista - How to copy files to a DVD / CD, Use the recycle bin, Use previous versions for files and Use the built in Vista backup to check for Updates in Windows Vista use the new Security features in Vista and Internet Explorer to stop malware (spyware and viruses) from infecting your computer share files using Live Messenger For Office 2007 - How to find and use an Accounting template to use with Office Excel 2007 and then change it from US to UK currency, change the formatting of dates and drag lists (or Excel Tips and Tricks 1) use Conditional Formatting in Office Excel 2007 to make numbers easier to read  (or Excel Tips and Tricks 2) remove hidden information from Office 2007 documents using the document inspector use Office Outlook 2007 with any internet connection and how to access Outlook Web Access from any web browser take an ordinary document and make it look even more professional with cover pages, table of contents, formatting of headings, titles and numbering, changing paragraph spacing, insert pictures and diagrams to have impact and using SmartArt to make processes easier to understand. For Both - How to take your files with you using Vista Offline folders and Office Outlook 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services V3 ttfn David Technorati Tags: Silverlight, How To, Vista, Backup, Previous Versions, burning files to DVD, Recycle bin[...]



System Center Essentials web casts

Fri, 08 Jun 2007 10:55:11 GMT

To follow up on the SCE information - please note that once a webcast has run it is normally available for "on demand" viewing. Manage the IT Environment of Your Mid-Sized Business More Efficiently Discover Microsoft System Center Essentials 2007, the new unified IT management solution specifically designed for mid-sized businesses. In this webcast, we provide an overview of System Center Essentials 2007 and demonstrate how it enables IT professionals to manage their IT environments proactively by simplifying tasks and automating complex tasks from a single console. Learn how the built-in troubleshooting and asset inventory can help you save time and increase productivity while maximizing the availability of a secure IT environment.Presenter: Pete Zerger, Consulting Practice Partner, AKOS Technology Services http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?culture=en-US&EventID=1032336459&CountryCode=US Managing a Microsoft Infrastructure Meet availability and performance requirements for your business-critical applications with Microsoft infrastructure management products, technologies, and solutions offerings. Leverage these online resources for an in-depth look into Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007, Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager, Microsoft Operations Manager 2005, and more. TechNet Webcast: Deploying and Upgrading to System Center Essentials 2007 (Level 200) Tuesday, May 29, 2007 1:00 P.M.–2:30 P.M. Pacific Time TechNet Webcast: System Center Operations Manager 2007 Technical Overview (Level 200) Monday, June 11, 2007 11:30 A.M.–1:00 P.M. Pacific Time TechNet Webcast: Client Monitoring with System Center Operations Manager 2007 (Level 200) Monday, June 18, 2007 11:30 A.M.–1:00 P.M. Pacific Time TechNet Webcast: What's New in Systems Management Server 2003 SP3 (Level 200) Tuesday, June 19, 2007 1:00 P.M.–2:00 P.M. Pacific Time TechNet Webcast: System Center Operations Manager 2007 Installation and Management Pack Migration (Level 200) Friday, June 22, 2007 1:00 P.M.–2:30 P.M. Pacific Time TechNet Webcast: Introduction to System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (Level 200) Tuesday, June 26, 2007 1:00 P.M.–2:00 P.M. Pacific Time   ttfn David Technorati Tags: System Center Essentials, Web casts[...]



How I created my popfly carousel

Wed, 30 May 2007 20:53:46 GMT

If you go to the blog entry on Microsoft Surface you will be asked to install Microsoft Silverlight.  When you do so you will see a carousel effect to show the 12 Surface pictures.  As many of you know I am NOT a developer by any means, so I thought I would show you what I had to do to get to the finished product - it is not hard at all. 1st off I signed up for a Popfly account at http://www.popfly.com and was lucky enough to get an account very quickly. OK, so I dropped 3 blocks onto the screen - one to read the RSS fead of the Surface pictures, one to pull out the picture urls and one to display them.  That was it (well I did drag those blue lines across too)   Here is what I put in the RSS feed Here is what I put in the filter Here is what I put in the carousel initially (I changed it to a more complex piece of code later to change the screen resolution of the images it pulls down)   that was it.  That is why popfly is so simple to combine things together.   ttfn David   Technorati tags: popfly, mashup, silverlight[...]



Trial Software Kit for Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2

Sat, 26 May 2007 09:55:00 GMT

I was recently asked how to get a trial of SBS.  You can't download one, but as a customer you can order one here.  Note that if you go to the international pages you might have to scroll around a bit to find the right bit of information.  If you are a partner and wish to give them to use them with your customers then you only need one copy as you can re-use the key we provide you and you can get it from the Partner Marketplace

For customers: Trial Software Kit for Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2

North America – Order your CD package here.

Other Locations – The SBS 2003 R2 Trial is not generally available outside North America. Please select your country from the SBS Worldwide page to determine whether the trial software is available in your location.

For Partners: Partner MarketPlace - eg

Market - Partners - Microsoft UK

You searched for items of collateral related to the Small Business Server (SBS) group. To add items to your order, select a quantity from the drop down box.

Description Type Audience Price Quantity
Gear Up Sales Toolkit

The Microsoft Gear Up Sales Toolkit is the licensing and sales 'product encyclopaedia' that will help you generate up-sell and cross-sell opportunities.

Marketing Kit Sales £0.00  
Selling to Small Business Guide

This guide explains Microsoft's approach to the Small Business market, and offers advice to Partners on how to maximise their sales and marketing efforts to this audience.

Partner Guide

Sales £0.00  

Windows SBS 2003 R2

 

Integrated server solution for small businesses

Evaluation Software

All £0.00  

 

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Using Silverlight to tattoo my hand with SBSC - more demos, community and more

Mon, 30 Apr 2007 21:20:50 GMT

(image) I was watching the MIX Keynotes, which just blew me away with the news regarding speed of deployment, platform options, browser options, developer options, demos and just sooo much more.

It is just worth going to http://visitmix.com and watching the keynotes - it will really blow your socks off.

Using one of the demos from http://silverlight.net/samples/1.0/Ink-Tattoo-Studio/default.html I just tattoo'd my hand using a web based app - this is something I would expect from a client app.

 

enjoy

 

David

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Job aids (things to help you do your job) with Microsoft Office 2007

Mon, 30 Apr 2007 09:57:46 GMT

2007 Microsoft Office System Be productive while using the new versions of Microsoft Office desktop applications. · Microsoft Office Fluent User Interface Get Started · Microsoft Office Charts and SmartArt Get Started · Microsoft Office Styles Get Started · Microsoft Office Tasks Get Started · Microsoft Office Tasks Learn More Everyday Work Discover best practices for working with e-mail, organizing your time, and more. · Windows Vista and Microsoft Office Work Smarter Checklist · InfoPath 2007 Forms Get Started E-mail · E-Mail Basics Get Started · Outlook 2007 E-Mail Signatures Get Started · Outlook 2007 E-Mail Rules Get Started · Outlook 2007 Out of Office Assistant · Delegating Outlook 2007 Access Learn More · Outlook 2007 and SharePoint Server 2007 Integration Overview · Outlook 2007 and SharePoint Server 2007 Integration Get Started · RSS (Really Simple Syndication) Overview · Subscribing to Web Content with RSS Time and Task Management · Microsoft Office Tasks Get Started · Microsoft Office Tasks Learn More · Multiple Calendars Get Started · Sharing Outlook 2007 Calendars Get Started · Managing OneNote 2007 Notebooks Learn More   ttfn David   Technorati tags: Job Aids, Office 2007[...]



Help to make the Office 2007 document type a standard (Open XML) - click the link

Wed, 04 Apr 2007 06:55:00 GMT

I love standards - they make life easier. TCP is one, ODF is one, SNA is one, ASCII and EBDIC are.  Even PDF is one.  It just makes life easier.  In this connected world standards are a good thing and sometimes more than one standard is very good.  Microsoft has offered the Open XML (Office 2007 document format) as a standard too.  We can have it as a standard in a short time frame or a long time frame. I want you to sign the petition to help it happen in the short time frame.  Even Novell are supporting this as they see it as just making their customers lives easier. Go here and sign the petition to help move things forward in the short time frame. If you want to see how developers could use the standard have a look at http://openxmldeveloper.org/posts.aspx. You might wonder why I am asking you to do this.  Well I've read the text at the microsoft.com site on Open XML and I like the idea of this being a public standard that people can write to without having to pay for the right to do so and the knowledge that writing to the standard will give them good interoperability.  My 1st three years after University was writing document converters, including those for Microsoft Office and Open XML would have made my life MUCH MUCH easier. To aid interoperability, XML-based file formats can unlock data in documents and help integrate front- and back-office processes. Recognising these benefits, Microsoft has implemented XML-based formats in successive releases of Office. Both public and private sector customers have expressed their preference for making Open XML an open standard so that they have broad rights to use, without cost, any Microsoft patents necessary to implement all or part of the format. Responding to this, Microsoft and others called for the standardisation of Open XML. On 7 Dec 2006 Ecma International, a highly respected standardisation body, approved the adoption of Open XML as an international open standard. The strengths of Ecma Open XML are clear: Ecma Open XML was developed through the collaborative efforts of leading companies such as Apple, Barclays Capital, BP, The British Library, Essilor, Intel, Microsoft, NextPage, Novell, Statoil, Toshiba and the US Library of Congress. Ecma Open XML is backward compatible with billions of archived documents held by the private and public sectors. Any company can freely implement and develop innovative products using Ecma Open XML Ecma Open XML enables interoperability, accommodates multiple languages and cultures, and supports technologies that enable people with disabilities to use computing devices. Customers want choice, interoperability and innovation. We and others believe that Open XML achieves all these goals. We look forward to supporting Ecma as it works closely with national standards bodies throughout the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) / International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) process. If you agree that Open XML should be approved as an ISO standard please sign this petition, which we will send to the Chairman of the British Standards Institute to demonstrate broad support for this initiative in the UK. Source: Openxml - Microsoft UK Sign the petition today and help to make Open XML a standard for the future.   ttfn David   Technorati tags: ODF, Open XML, Standards, ISO, ECMA[...]



Do you want to trial Exchange Server 2007, perhaps talk to the server? If so, look at the Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Hosted Trial

Thu, 22 Mar 2007 14:26:29 GMT

I saw this over at Henrik's blog and throught it might be of interest to the SBSC community.  I like this.  While I discovered that demoing something like this using a free VoIP service was a bad idea, using OK quality phones delivers an amazing experience.  Obviously we will not see Exchange 2007 embedded in SBS until Cougar ships, it can still be provided as a hosted service, on a 2nd machine or for a partner internally using the Action Pack copy that should ship next month (fingers crossed).

For more information, pop over to Henrik's blog on the subject, including the link to the trial.

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Hosted Trial

Like it was the case right after Exchange 2003 RTM, you can also sign up for an Exchange 2007 tempoary account…

“Welcome to the Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Hosted Trial web site. You can create a temporary account to experience the features of Exchange Server 2007 which will stay active for 5 days. Your account will be pre-populated with sample messages, calendar appointments and a voice message to help you have a rich experience. You will be able to send and receive mail, schedule meetings, and adjust your options. You can access your account via Outlook Web Access, Outlook, or an Exchange Active-Sync compatible application. Please review your pre-populated messages for details.”

Source: Henrik Walther Blog » Blog Archive » Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Hosted Trial

 

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David

 

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