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Volume 10, Issue 20: October 2008
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You are going to start hearing a lot about Windows 7 soon with the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) and the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) just around the corner. I haven’t seen or heard a lot and what I have I can’t talk about but I can say this, if you are already using Vista it is going to be a smooth migration. If you put your plans on hold or are going to wait for Windows 7 to make the leap you can actually already get started today. How? Keep reading….

Arguably, deployment, application compatibility are the two biggest challenges you’ll face with any OS. We’ve done some nice work around addressing these and that will carry over to Win7.

• Deployment – Microsoft Deployment Toolkit is the tool to deploy Windows client and server based OSes and will continue to be as Windows 7 rolls out.
• App Compat – The Application Compatability Toolkit can be used today to create shims that will get your application working on Vista (if the vendor hasn`t already done so) and you`ll be able to use those exact same shims on Windows 7. Create and test the shim now on Vista and when you rollout Windows 7 you`ll be ready.

I wouldn`t suggest holding out for Windows 7. It is still a long way off and both Vista SP1 as well as the software and hardware vendors have made huge strides to alleviate the issues that occurred around the launch. If you`re using Vista you already know this, and if you are not there are some really great resources available on the Vista Springboard Portal to get you going on your Vista adoption. Not sure how to start? Take a look at the webcasts, Virtual Labs and downloads available to help get you going. Also be sure to check out TechDays as there will be a session on using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2008 to deploy Windows based operating systems! Early bird pricing is available until October 15th! Are you registered yet?

Rodney Buike
IT Pro Advisor, Microsoft Canada

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Working as an IT Pro we often spend a lot of time sitting at our desks. Though it sure beats operating a jack hammer all day it isn’t the most healthy thing a person can do. StretchClock to the rescue! What is StretchClock? “StretchClock is a customizable stretch reminder for office professionals and power users. Anyone who uses a computer for more than one hour needs a quick break to avoid risk of carpal tunnel injury and Repetitive Stress Injury. “ StretchClock sits in your Vista Sidebar and gives you a reminder every hour to take a stretch break.
StretchClock 2008 is free and I encourage you to download it!

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October 15, 2008, 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time
Learn how to assign costs to project tasks with the new cost resources feature. The new budget tracking feature will be covered, which provides users with an efficient way to assign budgets to projects and programs, and to allocate funds and track costs, work, and materials against the budget quickly and easily.
October 14, 2008, 9:30 A.M. Pacific Time Learn about Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express along with our portfolio of Enterprise Search Solutions that integrate with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and find the right search solution you need to increase business productivity.



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