Monthly Archives: November 2013

Have Yourself A Very Nokia Christmas

When we decide on a new smartphone these days, it’s not just about the capabilities of the phone itself, but there is also the question of the software ecosystem, as well as the hardware ecosystem. We all have our apps that we can’t live without on our phones, and for me the strong integration of Microsoft and Office functionality into Windows Phone makes it the winner for me. As an added bonus, I’m an Xbox music subscriber from back in

What’s New in Windows 8.1 Upgrades and Deployment Part 1 (15/81)

Some history While many people focus on the market reaction and perception to Windows Vista, there was another area where it also had a major impact, and that was the change in deployment tools. From Windows XP to Windows Vista the deployment tools changed dramatically, and forced OEMs and IT Pro audiences to learn new tools and methods, many of their old tips and tricks not being compatible with the new toolset and operating system. The good news is that

Why Use Work Folders With Windows 8.1? (14/81)

Back in the last Windows 8.1 focused post I discussed the client side experience for setting up Work Folders on Windows 8.1, but didn’t dig into any real details as to why. Today I’ll cover this off as to how it relates to Windows 8.1 and Windows 8..1 RT clients, but keep in mind that there are Windows 7 and iOS clients in development, so much of what follows will extend out to those environments as well. I’ve already mentioned

The MAP 9.0 Beta In Action

Well, coincidence would have it that today I got a chance to try MAP 9.0 beta out at on a customer engagement, and so far it’s looking solid. If you are familiar with MAP, refer to my previous post about the MAP 9.0 Beta to get an idea of what it is capable of. The setup isn’t dramatically different to previous MAP installs, and it’s pretty much the same size download at just over 70MB, so you don’t have to

The MAP Toolkit 9.0 Beta is now available

I just got notification that MAP Toolkit 9 Beta is now available, I wish this happened last week, I had a customer that I could have tried this out on. Oh well, next time… The words as typed by Microsoft… We are pleased to announce the beta availability of version 9.0 of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit. This beta release of the MAP Toolkit helps increase the agility and cost effectiveness of deploying the latest Microsoft technologies. It

Setting Up Work Folders On A Windows 8.1 Device (13/81)

With the introduction of Work Folders on Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft has delivered a secure way of providing an encrypted storage area to users across multiple devices, with Windows 8.1 clients being the first to receive the capability. It’s available from within Control Panel, and depending on how it has it has been deployed in your organisation you get two choices of how to enable it. The first step is the same for either approach – you need to

What’s New in Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals Jump Start (12/81)

Microsoft has announced a new Microsoft Virtual Academy Jump Start for What’s new in Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals. I will be donning my Windows Expert – IT Pro MVP hat for this one as a moderator, so feel free to ask me some questions during the event What’s New in Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals Jump Start Is your organization using Windows XP or Windows 7? Learn how you can fast-track your organization to a more productive Windows 8.1

Simple Windows 8.1 Tips For IT Pros (11/81)

For today’s post I have assembled some of the things that IT Pros should be looking at on Windows 8.1, this time for their own benefit, not necessarily targeting their user base. Taskbar Enhancements Well, I guess I have to start with the most obvious one, pun intended. Yes, the “Start” button. For anyone who has been using Windows 8.1 for an extended period of time it’s not that big a deal, but the nice thing it brings is that


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