Microsoft launches new Windows Apportals

Today we launched Windows Apportals on, at WHAT ARE WINDOWS APPORTALS? A Windows Apportal is a Windows 8.1 app that can integrate your entire Line of Business (LOB) stack into a single, modern, touch-based experience. The concept behind Apportals is simple – introduce the same nested folder structure common in a desktop OS… Read more

The Windows Unplugged Tour

Have you ever wanted just a few minutes with someone from the Microsoft Windows team to ask a question, share a thought, get a best practice, or maybe just better understand a feature? Well, here is your chance. Many of you remember Stephen Rose as the previous owner of the Springboard Series. In addition to… Read more

App-V 5.0 SP2 – Spring Update Released

Today we are delighted to announce a significant Spring update for Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) 5.0 SP2. This update is in coordination with the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2014 release which we also announced today on the Springboard Series Blog. For those of you who are not familiar with App-V, this product enables anywhere… Read more

MDOP 2014 delivers improved BitLocker management with MBAM 2.5

Today’s an exciting day for the Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) team, as we just announced general availability of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2014 for Software Assurance, which includes a substantial set of improvements for MBAM. As mentioned in our announcement on the Windows for your Business blog the big star of… Read more

Windows 8.1 Deployment Labs – Now available

Last month Michael Niehaus and I ran a Windows 8.1 deployment Jump Start with deployment gurus and MVP’s Johan Arwidmark and Mikael Nyström. The Jump Start received great feedback with viewers Particularly appreciating the demos. The Jump Start is now available for you to view on the Microsoft Virtual Academy at your own pace. The… Read more

Windows 8.1 Update: WSUS Availability, Extended Deployment Timing

With today’s release of a solution that resolves the connectivity issues with WSUS 3.2 described here, we have now published the Windows 8.1 Update (as well as the Windows Server 2012 R2 Update and Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Update) to Windows Server Update Services (WSUS). For organizations using WSUS, Windows Intune, or System Center Configuration… Read more