Thursday, July 2, 2015

Ready for Windows as a Service?

If you are still trying to get your head around how managing and updating Windows 10 will be different than how it's been done in the past, mark your calendar for July 16th.  Simon May will be presenting "Preparing Your Enterprise for Windows 10 as a Service" live, from 9am to 1pm.

Go on and register... you know you want to!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Are You in Vegas? I'm in Vegas!

This is your last change to join in on the IT Camp happening tomorrow in sunny, warm (seriously 108 degrees) Las Vegas!

It's going to be all about Azure and Hybrid Cloud and even some Windows 10!

Check out details and register!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Tech Everywhere: Finds from the Internet

I spend a lot of time on the Internet, as you probably do as well. And as much as I enjoy the technology that is directly related to my job, it's also really interesting to see how technology is affecting our lives, our work and how we interact with others.

For your reading pleasure, check out a few things you might have missed on the "web" from the last couple months.  That last one is particularly crazy.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Windows 10 Lands July 29th

Are you ready?  There has been a lot of information flying around about Windows 10 and I have to admit, I'm looking forward to seeing it officially released.  With the Windows Insider program and personally getting to use early releases internally at Microsoft, I almost feel like July 29th will be anti-climatic for a lot of people.

But then over the weekend I had a conversation with my father about the "notification" for Windows 10 in his task bar, a discussion about if he and my mother will want Windows 10 for their computers and the realization that part of my summer vacation to visit them will involve showing them Windows 10 and helping them decide if the upgrade is right for them.  So not every is on the cutting edge!

For a great overview of what's to come with Windows 10 for Enterprise, check out this overview video from Ignite. If you want to dig down into the changes we are making when it comes to cyber-threats, watch this one, too.

For those of you who dislike that little notification thingy or need it removed for some reason, it's delivered via KB33035583 and you can find lots of instructions on how to remove that on the 'net, like this.

If you aren't ready for Windows 10 yet, you can stay on your existing operating system if it's still supported and mark your calendar for these important dates:
  • 4/11/2017 - Extended support ends for Windows Vista
  • 1/09/2018 - Mainstream support ends for Windows 8.1
  • 1/14/2020 - Extended support ends for Windows 7 SP1
  • 1/10/2023 - Extended support ends for Windows 8.1
For those of you who want to get on-board with Windows 10 *right now*, visit the Windows Insider program and join in. It's not too late!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Upcoming IT Camp in the Bay Area and Beyond!

Explore the cloud for modern business!
Learn how to get your organization hybrid-ready at a FREE IT Camp near you. In just one day of hands-on training, you’ll learn how to move your IT workloads from on-premises to the cloud and back again. After all, who wants to choose between your datacenter and the public cloud? 

With Microsoft Azure, you get the best of all possible scenarios – plus, powerful virtualization, on-demand application scaling, complete data control and much more.

Sunnyvale: June 4th
Seattle: June 9th
Las Vegas: June 23rd

If those locations aren't for you, we have others! 
Find an event near you: http://aka.ms/itcampevent

Microsoft IT Camps

Events run from 9am‒4pm
Cost: Free!