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Probably the worst kept secret today. Yes the Customer Preview is available for download today. Did we slow the internet today? Get your Windows 8 Preview here Windows 8 Consumer Preview It's Windows reimagined and reinvented from a solid core of Windows 7 speed and reliability. It's an all-new touch interface. It's a new Windows for new devices. And it's your chance to be one of the first to try it out. Get it now Developers Start building apps now IT pros Get resources for businesses See what's new Swipe, slide, and zoom Touch a full-powered PC. It's fast and it's fluid. Take natural, direct, hands-on control. More Apps, front and center Apps in Windows 8 work together to get things done faster. Get them from the Windows Store. More Your Windows, everywhere Windows 8 can connect you to your files, photos, people, and settings, wherever you sign in. More Wall-to-wal... (more)

Office 365: How Microsoft Does IT

In part 2 of this 30 part series we introduced the topic of Hybrid Cloud. That is the combining of Public, Private, and or traditional IT into a system that works for you. One of the great Hybrid examples I like to talk about is internally here at Microsoft. Microsoft is an extremely email centric company. Email is beyond a mission critical app for us. As such we spend a lot on our internal Exchange infrastructure. I have been on a beta test program for many years helping our Exchange team test the next version of Exchange before they are released. Well we have started moving "So... (more)

iPad Gets Real PC Apps and Windows?

I saw this today, lot's of Buzz about it, sounds very interesting. OnLive Desktop. Real PC Apps on iPad. Windows on iPad. Instant Response. Media-rich. http://desktop.onlive.com/overview Need to see redlines in Word? Edit Excel graphs? Present PowerPoint animations? Now you can. Based upon OnLive's instant-action cloud gaming technology, OnLive Desktop delivers a seamless Windows desktop experience, with instant-response multi-touch gestures, together with a full on-screen Windows keyboard and handwriting recognition, enabling complete and convenient viewing and editing of even... (more)

Office 365 and HIPAA

Lately I have been doing a lot of Demo's of Office 365. I am always amazed at how many questions I get on Office 365. Usually one of those questions is about HIPAA. Well this announcement came out right before the holidays and I think most people missed it. http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/press/2011/dec11/12-14O365CloudPR.mspx?rss_fdn=Press%20Releases REDMOND, Wash. - Dec. 14, 2011 - Microsoft Corp. today announced that Microsoft Office 365, the company's next-generation cloud productivity service, is the first and only major cloud-based platform to offer leading information p... (more)

SQL 2012 New Virtual Labs Released

After completing this lab, you will be better able to create FileTables, create Fulltext Indexes with semantic extraction capabilities, retrieve information about document properties, and retrieve semantic information. MSDN Virtual Lab Express: SQL Server 2012: Exploring Transact-SQL Improvements in SQL Server 2012 After completing this lab, you will be better able to create and use sequence objects, query rows through paged results, and raise and catch exceptions using Throw/Catch. MSDN Virtual Lab Express: SQL Server 2012: Exploring SQL Server 2012 Integration Services After... (more)