TechNet Flash - Volume 13, Issue 5: March 9, 2011

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Free Windows Azure Platform Trial

The new offer includes 750 free hours of the Windows Azure extra-small instance and 25 hours of the Windows Azure small instance until June 30, 2011. Also included is the SQL Azure Free Trial, which provides the SQL Azure 1GB Web Edition for free for 3 months.

Pass a Virtualization Exam, Get a Free TechNet Subscription

Pass any virtualization exam between March 1, 2011 and June 30, 2011 and you will receive a complimentary TechNet Subscription. Offer good for the first 1,000 participants only. Registration is required.

Three Wired Mice

Ever have one of those days when your mouse battery dies and you pine for the good old wired days? Check out Microsoft's new lineup of wired mice, starting at US$19.95 for the Express Mouse and the Comfort Mouse 3000, and US$29.95 for the Comfort Mouse 6000.

Join the Desktop Virtualization Customer Roundtable
On March 10, 2011, join IT leaders from Kraft Foods, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., and LogIn Consultants for a discussion of Microsoft Desktop Virtualization solutions moderated by Gartner analyst Mike Silver.

New One-Stop Home for All Office 2010 Videos
The Microsoft Office team has created a landing page to find Office 2010 product videos to help you validate, customize, and deploy Office installations.

Best Practices: Server Virtualization in Microsoft Lync Server 2010
This document outlines a series of best practice recommendations for deploying a virtualized Lync Server topology, typical VM host configurations, VM guest configuration based on the workload, scale comparison of virtualized and physical Lync Server roles, and measuring performance.

TechNet Radio: IT Time - Windows Phone 7 Overview (Part 1 of 3)
It's IT Time, and your hosts Blain Barton and John Baker chat with Ken Milner and Jeff Morris from the Windows Phone 7 team. In part 1 of 3 of this interview, Ken demos the Windows Phone 7 interface, the People hub, voice-enabled features, email, and messaging.

White Paper: Windows Azure Security Notes
Review this white paper for the most current end-to-end application security solutions on Windows Azure.

Security Bulletins to Get a New Location
In June 2011, the Microsoft Security Bulletins and Advisories will be moving to this new location: security/. We are making the move to provide a better integrated experience with the wealth of technical content on the TechNet site and to take advantage of new user experiences capabilities available on the TechNet platform.

Windows Intune Available March 23
Windows Intune, Microsoft's cloud solution for PC management, will be available on March 23, 2011 for purchase or a free 30–day trial in more than 35 countries. Sign up for Windows Intune notifications to find information about the 30-day trial.

New Six-Part Series: Cloud Computing for IT Pros
This new series from senior IT pro evangelist Yung Chou provides primers on cloud services and Microsoft's cloud computing model, and walks you through the various scenarios for deploying cloud technology.

TechNet Radio: Microsoft's Chief Information Security Officer on Cloud Security
In this episode, we hear from Joe Lindstrom and Microsoft's Chief Information Security Officer Bret Arsenault as they discuss privacy and security implications for the cloud, as well as some of the current challenges and solutions for this new computing paradigm.

Hyper-V Gotchas
Get the latest information on the top known issues reported to us on Hyper-V. This living wiki article is continually updated with the latest resolutions to calls we receive from customers.

Office 2010 Document Compatibility Information at Your Fingertips
This downloadable OneNote notebook contains compatibility information for Access, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word in Office 2010.

Join the IT Discussion on the Windows Azure Platform
Looking for answers to your questions about deploying, managing, and securing services on the Windows Azure Platform? Use the Windows Azure Platform forums to discuss solutions to your issues with Microsoft insiders, MVPs, and an international network of like-minded problem-solvers.