Monthly Archives: September 2012

New series of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 articles

Altech, one of Microsoft’s OEM distributors in Australia has asked me to write a series of articles targeting their channel partners to help educate and prepare them for new Windows releases. As some of you already know, I have spent most of the past 20+ years involved in things related to Microsoft, Windows and product launches, and this is an opportunity to bring all three together again. The site is almost ready to go live, there are still a few

Everyone loves a free gift – MCSA:Windows 7

One of the benefits of going overboard on MCP exams is that occasionally I discover that I have achieved a certification that I wasn’t aware existed. Today was one of those days, I received notification from Microsoft that I had earned MCSA: Windows 7, and only had to do 1 more exam (to be released) that would give me MCSA: Windows 8. I think it might be time to hit up my friends at Microsoft for some exam vouchers, I

Windows Intune Breaking News…

Some big announcements earlier today on the Microsoft Server And Cloud Blog, pasted below. One of the anticipated changes that was expected with Windows Intune moving into the Server & Tools business alongside System Center – the unbundling of Windows Enterprise Upgrades from Intune subscriptions will open up Windows Intune to a new base of customers, and the integration with System Center helps to position Windows Intune firmly as Microsoft’s solution for mobile device management, including Windows Phone 8 and

Session Summary–APC 2012 It’s A New Platform of Possibilities

Started with a quick mention of Windows Server 2012 availability, a good introduction of the current market conditions, size of the Windows opportunity, the mobile device opportunity etc by Tina Flammer Renee Gamble and Neal French showed some great consumer devices from Asus, Acer and Dell. Fujitsu and Lenovo commercial devices for Windows 8 were also shown. Anyone wanting a new PC for work or play would definitely benefit from waiting just a little longer for some of these devices

APC 2012 Windows 8 Pre Day Summary Pt 3

Post lunch kicked off with a discussion of deployment metrics of Australian companies, giving an indication of the combined Windows 7 and Windows 8 opportunity, as well as similar opportunities around Office. If customer hasn’t already started Win7, much of the planning for app testing and remediation is very similar for 7 and 8. Win 8 messaging – faster boot, battery life, better performance, faster wifi reconnections, multi monitor improvements, more powerful File Explorer, improved task manager – touch isn’t

APC 2012 Windows 8 Pre Day Summary Pt 2

Audience driven discussions and demonstrations based on areas of interest… SkyDrive, SkyDrive Pro versus the competitors. Most in room had not had much exposure to SkyDrive previously, so it was worth spending time showing some of the capabilities. Apps and multiple PC usage, the ease of getting apps installed on new machines or multiple machines. Store makes this easy. Touch, handwriting, onscreen keyboard demonstrated. This was a great demo, it’s easy to forget just how good the pen input on

APC 2012 Windows 8 Pre Day Summary Pt 1

Some statistics that were shared so far… Approximately 2.5 million tablets, 3 million laptops, 2.5 million desktops sold in past year in Australia 80% of 600,000 apps are made up of 200 downloads at a global level. 90 applications classified as top apps for Australian market – a few Australian brands were listed, but as examples, not commitments to being available by launch. Localised experience versus pure global apps to ensure good launch for Australian customers. Have to assume this

Microsoft Australian Partner Conference 2012 Windows 8 Pre-Day

This week I will be at APC 2012, where you will be able to catch me working on the Windows devices booth on Wednesday and Thursday. Today I’m at the Windows 8 Pre-Day, so if you are in attendance track me down for a chat. On the booth my duties will include getting the most out of Windows 8, why you want a Windows 8 touch device, and Windows RT devices versus the competition. Head on over for a demonstration,


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