TechNet Flash - Volume 11, Issue 21: September 23, 2009

Mitch Irsfeld

Note from the Editor

Greetings, and welcome to TechNet Flash.

Getting your arms around all the new features in Windows 7 in preparation for delivering it to your users in a seamless fashion can be a bit daunting. But TechNet Magazine just published Windows 7: The 10 Things You Must Do First to help you prioritize and focus your learning curve.

Here's a big heads-up regarding Windows 7 planning and deployment - the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack 2009 R2will be released in late October 2009 and will add Windows 7 support. MDOP can help you rapidly migrate to Windows 7, deploy applications with greater ease, resolve application incompatibility, and reduce desktop management costs. Moreover, MDOP 2009 R2 provides the ability to optimize Windows 7 application deployment using Application Virtualization (App-V).

App-V helps you transform applications into centrally-managed virtual services to reduce the cost of deployment. And a Windows upgrade is the best time to adopt App-V since all applications are tested and re-deployed as part of Windows 7 deployment. This is a great time to take a look at your application delivery strategy and adopt application virtualization with minimum overhead and cost. For more on that, check out the App-V Cost Reduction Study.

On October 8 at 9:00 A.M. Pacific Time, IT Evangelist Kevin Remde will host a chat to discuss how Windows 7 can add more value to businesses. Kevin and his guests will address how Windows 7 provides improvements that can reduce total cost of ownership by helping to increase automation, improve user productivity, and provide flexible administrative control to meet compliance requirements. Register for the webcast.

Tips and Tricks for the IT Pro at Home
Want to get to know Windows 7 inside and out, and be better prepared for all those "quick" questions from your friends and family? Check out the new videos on the Springboard Series IT Pro at Home zone and learn more about:

  • Windows Internet Explorer 8
  • Organizing with Windows 7 Libraries
  • Windows 7 HomeGroup
  • Location Aware Printing
  • Security on Your Terms
  • Windows Search

Sign Up for Microsoft Project 2010 Beta
Microsoft has announced that Microsoft Project 2010 beta will become available for testing later this fall, but you can now pre-register for the Microsoft Project 2010 beta. Microsoft Project 2010 will be generally available in the first half of 2010.

Thanks for reading,
Mitch Irsfeld
Editor, TechNet Flash

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