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I'm Ruth Morton, Technology Advisor with Microsoft Canada. I work on a team that is tasked with trying to help YOU by providing resources, answering questions and generally trying to set you up for success with Microsoft-based solutions.

How do we know what you need and what we can do to help? Twice a year through something we call "The Global Relationship Study" - we reach out and contact you to see how we're doing and what Microsoft could do better.

One of the areas you told us Microsoft could do better in was helping you roll-out and upgrade your company's computers to Windows® 7. Deploying a new operating system throughout an organization is not always the easiest project to tackle. The operating system underpins everything that runs on it, so often upgrading the OS will also require updating some of the applications that run on it. Read more about this on the blog

Some of you may be moving from Windows XP, some from Windows Vista. Some will have only a few computers to deploy and others will have hundreds or thousands. Well, we have a number of free tools and resources, listed in the Resource section below, to help you no matter what your particular scenario is. We also have a lot of free stuff to help you get the latest version of Office out, too. Because, although Office 2010 works on many different versions of Windows, the innovations built into Windows 7 are seamlessly integrated with Office 2010 so your users can be more productive than ever before.

So how are we doing? If you ever want to give me or my team some direct feedback, feel free to email me directly at Microsoft Canada IT Pro Feedback, connect with me on LinkedIn, find me on Facebook or catch me online on twitter at @ruthm.

For Large and Medium Sized Businesses

  • Windows Client TechCenter - Technical resources, free tools and expert guidance for the deployment and management of your Windows-based clients.
  • Windows 7 Deployment Learning Portal - Identify the strengths and gaps in your knowledge around the deployment of Windows 7 deployment and discover learning tools to help.
  • Microsoft Office 2010 Springboard site - Technical resources, free tools and expert guidance for the deployment and management of your Office-based desktop infrastructure.
  • User Readiness and Training for Office 2010 - Did you know that if you have a volume licensing agreement, the employees of your company can get Office 2010 for a low-cost download to use at home? Learn about this and other guidance and resources for helping your organization move up to the latest Office version quickly and effectively.

For Small Businesses and Home Users

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