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Learn more about Microsoft Communications Server 14 Vol 12-13 | June 24, 2010
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Microsoft TechEd North America wrapped up two weeks ago and one of the big announcements was around the upcoming release of Microsoft Communications Server 14.  Microsoft Communications “14” delivers complete presence, instant messaging, conferencing and enterprise voice capabilities through a single, easy-to-use interface that is consistent across PC, browser, and mobile device. Administrators benefit from a single, consistent management infrastructure, new capabilities to increase availability, and interoperability with existing systems.

While still in it’s early stages it is never too early to start learning about new technologies.  I found a bunch of videos from TechEd as well as some other resources and listed them below.  Take some time for yourself and check them out.  Get ahead of the curve and see how Communications Server 14 can help you and your business.

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TechDays 2010 Frequently Asked Questions

Program and Skills Manager for TechDays 2010, Damir Bersinic answers frequently asked questions about TechDays 2010 and if you have more, email him here .
What's Next for Managing Datacenters and the Cloud

In this 18-minute video on TechNet Edge, Senior Product Manager with System Center Anant Sundaram explains some of our thinking around improving data center management and managing cloud environments.
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Growing Opportunities for Data in the Cloud

Kevin Kline, Technical Strategy Manager for SQL Server at Quest Software , identifies numerous areas for entrepreneurs to take advantage of government and other data in the cloud to create new product offerings based on Microsoft Windows Azure. Kline also discusses integration of on-premise data with data in the cloud and raises important and surprising points about legal and compliance issues with data.
Reminder: End of Support for Windows XP SP2, Windows 2000 Server and Professional on July 13, 2010

Now you can easily identify and analyze security threats to your software even when you are still in the design phase. The Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) Threat Modeling Tool finds potential issues early - when they are easier and less costly to resolve.
Microsoft SDL Threat Modeling Tool Boosts Security

The Reporting Services Add-in for SharePoint is what truly drives the integration between SQL Server 2008 R2 and SharePoint Server 2010. See how to configure and use this service.
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"Kick-It" With Windows Server Campaign

With every purchase of Windows Server 2008 R2, through a participating Hosting Services Provider, Microsoft will donate to Right To Play.  Together, Microsoft and its partner community are working with Right To Play to help create a healthier and safer world through the power of sport and play. Campaign ends July 15th, 2010
TechNet Edge Video: Cloud Trust at 10,000 feet

Doug Cavit, Chief Security Strategist @ Microsoft, gives great, high-level insights into what you should be thinking about when evaluating the trust of various cloud providers. 
Springboard Series Virtual Roundtable-The Last Mile: Pilot and Deploy Windows 7

Get insights and the real story behind the adoption of Windows 7 from Microsoft Technical Fellow Mark Russinovich, Microsoft product experts, and real IT professionals adopting Windows 7 in their organizations. From planning and testing to measuring the success of pilot and deploying Windows 7 in an enterprise organization, this is an open and honest dialogue about deployment challenges, tools, and best practices.
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Architecting and Using Microsoft SQL Server Availability Technologies in a Virtualized World
Turbo Charge Your Active Directory Implementation
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