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  • Blog Post: Windows 7 RTM End Of Support Is Right Around The Corner

    Has it been that long already? Windows 7 SP1 was released almost two years ago. As a result of that release, Windows 7 RTM (with no service pack) will no longer be supported as of April 9th, 2013 , following the standard Windows support lifecycle specifying that support ends 24 months after the release...
  • Blog Post: Part 4: Choosing and Image Strategy and Building Windows 7 System Images

    Now that we’ve talked about deployment all-up, data migration, and application compatibility, let’s focus on imaging. Now this is not the imaging that involves photos and cameras, but the imaging of computer disks. Quick History Lesson for System Imaging Imaging tools have been around...
  • Blog Post: Steady State for Windows 7

    A few years ago we developed a tool called Windows Steady State to enable IT admins in shared computing environments to control configure and revert the configuration computer of computers used in schools, libraries, internet cafes, kiosks as well as other public and shared computing locations. Steady...
  • Blog Post: The “Get On The Bus Tour” Kicks Off Today In Milan

    Beginning today, 26 October, the Springboard/Microsoft Learning “Get On The Bus” tour will kick off an 11-city European road show that will begin in Milan and end at Tech-Ed Europe in Berlin on 9 November. At each tour stop, you’ll get an exclusive preview of Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: The Last Mile with Mark Russinovich

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  • Blog Post: The Springboard Series Tour - Free Microsoft Windows, Office and MDOP Deployment Workshops

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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 6.0 Now Available

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    Over the past few months, many of you have shared with me your need to continue to be able to offer support for Internet Explorer 6 specific application while rolling out Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8 into your organization. Suggestions for walkthroughs, papers and application compatibility lists...
  • Blog Post: The Springboard Series Tour Visits Stockholm, Sweden

    Greetings from Stockholm, Sweden. We had an amazing time! We want to take a moment and thank our audience who had tons of great questios around Windows, Office and MDOP. To cap off our great day, we handed out copies of the Proof Of Concept kit USB to all our attendees so they can go home and reproduce...
  • Blog Post: Piloting Windows 7- Part 2 : Initial Project Planning for a Windows 7 Pilot

    Continuing the series with our guest blogger, Jeremy Chapman. As with any IT project, the first part of planning is about building a plan. There are several things you’ll want to accomplish with a pilot and depending on your organization, the importance of each validation area will vary. I think of the...
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  • Blog Post: Application Compatibility Roundtable Promo

    Our latest Virtual Roundtable on Application Compatibility was another great success. Thank you to all our viewers who tuned in live to watch it last week. Missed it? Well, here is a promo video of some of the highlights. Watch for details later this week here on where to view the full program. Video...
  • Blog Post: MDT and WDS help deliver Windows 7 to attendees at TechEd Australia

    Greetings from TechEd Australia! When the TechEd Australia event team contacted me with the idea of building PCs for attendees, I was keen to support this with the latest Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 deployment tools. Nick Hodge and Jorke Odolphi have blogged extensively about this on www.techedbackstage...
  • Blog Post: Download, Pilot and Deploy Internet Explorer 9 Today

    With the announcement of the release to web for Internet Explorer 9, we are confident that IT pros will see Internet Explorer 9 as the best browser for business customers . To help make integrating the newest version of Internet Explorer into your companies infrastructure easier, we have release new...
  • Blog Post: Piloting Windows 7 - Part 3 : More Project Planning, Pilot Phases and Timelines

    In the last post I started the planning process, but we are far from finished. We’ve basically outlined what we want and quality bars, but we haven’t actually mapped out the test cases, pilot phases or built a timeline yet. Let’s start by looking at test cases for the pilot. Initial Testing for the Pilot...
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    During the Get On The Bus Tour, I did a demo using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 where I took a Windows XP machine with Office 2003 on it and migrated it to Windows 7 and Office 2010 in under 40 minutes. I have received several emails with questions on this presentation, so here are the answers...
  • Blog Post: With only 1000 days left of extended support, don’t you think it’s time to retire Windows XP?

    Wouldn’t it be great if the glory days lasted forever? But reality is trophies get dusty, records are broken, and what it took to be the best ten years ago, just isn’t enough for today’s standards. Things get better, faster. And eventually, it’s time to move from good enough to something much better...
  • Blog Post: New Videos and Demos on Volume Activation for Windows 7

    If you are planning a pilot or full deployment of Windows 7, with or without Office 2010, we have a new series of videos and demos to help you understand and implement volume activation. Volume activation is required for volume license editions of Windows 7 and Office 2010, and should be integrated in...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Is Heading To Europe…Will You Be There?

    We have less than three weeks till we kick off our next European tour! Be aware, seating is limited, so if you have not registered, you will want to do so soon before all the remaining spots are taken. What can you expect at our five-hour free Tour Workshops? Learn about Office 2010 key IT investments...
  • Blog Post: Greetings from the Motor City

    Stop number two of the Springboard Series Tour took us to Detroit, Michigan. As has been the standard on this tour, tons of great folks with  lots of questions around Windows, Office, and MDOP showed up to see us present and were not disappointed. Check out the video and come join us in Indianapolis...
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    From Jeremy Chapman Product Manager, Deployment Guru and part of the Disc to VHD/P2V team. We are getting closer to releasing our current P2V Migration for Software Assurance tool, which is currently on Microsoft Connect in Beta 2 form. We recently sent out a survey to several thousand Beta users and...
  • Blog Post: The Get On The Bus tour is coming and we’re bringing some free SWAG!

    We are giving away 50 copies of Windows 7 Ultimate for the first 50 Get On the Bus event attendees through the door at EVERY STOP! Don’t miss your chance to win a copy of Microsoft’s newest software offering plus some chances at some other great swag so hurry and register today at www.thebustour.com...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to the new Springboard Series blog!

    I am Stephen Rose, Sr Community Manager for Windows Client IT Professionals. Today, I am excited to announce that the Springboard Series Blog will now be part of The Windows Blog! By partnering with The Windows Blog, we are taking one more step towards creating that one stop shop for key information...