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Download Microsoft Office and SharePoint Betas Vol 12-5 | March 4, 2010
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Microsoft Office , it is one of the few applications that we install everywhere, home PCs, work PCs, HR, finance, engineering you name it, many people use one or more of the Office applications on a daily basis.  Over the years, how we use them has changed, from the introduction of the ribbon in Office 2007 to the adoption of SharePoint to manage the content we produce.

And they will continue to change as we look forward to Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 which are both set to be released soon. Join us in person at the EnergizeIT Install Fests in one of five cities this spring to get Office 2010 Beta on your machine with us! I’ve been using the Office 2010 beta and RC for a while now and love the new features.  Anything that helps make me be more productive is a winner in my books and if I can get more done in less time that leaves me more time for the other things in life that I enjoy.

There is a lot new in both Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 and we’ll be looking at it in the upcoming EnergizeIT: From the Client to the Cloud tour but if you can’t wait here are some resources to get you started!

RunAs Radio — Rodney Talks About Office 2010
RunAs Radio - Sahil Malik Fills Us In on SharePoint 2010
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EnergizeIT 2010: Anything is possible. Limited seats available. Register now.

EnergizeIT: From the Client to the Cloud 6 tour dates; 19 EnergizeIT: Community Connection Events, 5 Install Fests for Office 2010, along with EnergizeIT Online Series!  Through a series of Canadian in person events and online web & podcast series, you will have the opportunity to learn how to help reduce capital costs while increasing scalability through Microsoft’s cloud services approach. REGISTER NOW for one or more of the EnergizeIT 2010 events or activities scheduled this spring by visiting the EnergizeIT Program website .
EnergizeIT: Install Fest for Office 2010. Register now to attend!

Come join us, Microsoft technical advisors, along with your peers in your local community to install Office 2010 on your personal machine to discover all the new ways that Office will help improve your personal and professional life.  Learn more to register for evening events in: Vancouver (March 29), Ottawa (March 30), Calgary (April 6), Montreal  (April 7), and Mississauga (April 15).
For Managers: Get the latest Business Productivity strategies at Align IT Tour 2010. Seating limited.

Learn how to drive your infrastructure strategy across PC, phone, and browser at Align IT Tour, visiting eight cities in March 2010. Featuring Business Productivity Infrastructure Strategies using Microsoft® Office 2010, this FREE event will demonstrate how to foster collaboration and manage information overload for faster business insights and greater efficiency. Learn more.
End of Support Dates for Windows Vista RTM, Windows XP SP2, and Windows 2000

As announced in 2008, support for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) and Windows 2000 will end on July 13, 2010. Support for Windows Vista Release to Manufacturing (RTM) will end on April 13, 2010. To help ensure your Windows Vista PCs stay secure and up to date, make sure they are running Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) or SP2. If you are running Windows XP, stay more secure by moving to Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) or migrating to Windows 7. If you are running Windows 2000, we recommend that you move to Windows 7 as no additional support or updates will be offered for the Windows 2000 operating system. Visit the End of Support Center for more details.
SQL Server 2008 R2 Community Tour

SQL Server 2008 R2 is coming soon featuring several breakthrough capabilities that will enable your organization to scale database operations with confidence, help improve IT and developer efficiency, and enable highly scalable and well managed Business Intelligence on a self-service basis for your users.  Come and find out how these changes will impact your role as database administrator and see first-hand some of the new capabilities demonstrated in this session being delivered by Damir Bersinic of Microsoft Canada. March 9- Winnipeg , March 16- Calgary , March 17- Vancouver and March 23- Ottawa . Seating is limited so register now. Montreal and Toronto dates coming soon!
Register for Tech Ed 2010

Register for this 4 day event in New Orleans June 7-10th and return to the office with cutting-edge insights and expertise that will make life easier for you (and everyone else) at work. Immerse yourself in hundreds of IT learning opportunities and get your questions answered by renowned technology experts. Even more importantly, engage and collaborate with Microsoft innovators, third party leaders, and thousands of your IT peers, building connections that will last beyond your four days at Tech•Ed.
Register Today for Microsoft Management Summit 2010

Learn to “Manage the Future” at MMS 2010. Keep up on the ever-changing scope of IT Management with deep technical content on the latest IT Management solutions from Microsoft, Partners, and Industry Experts.  With a number of significant management product releases and announcements planned from Microsoft in the coming year, including some early Beta releases, this is an opportunity you won't want to miss. Visit www.mms-2010.com to register, review the session catalog, and learn about the many education and networking opportunities available at MMS 2010.
Migrating from IE6 to IE8? Level 300 ITPRo Webcast with Live Q&A Now Available

Available now through the end of March are Level 300 webcasts covering the tools available to help with the migration from IE6 to IE8. Click this link to sign up for a webcast that best fits your schedule. Each session will include a 45-minute pre-recorded session, with live chat Q&A with a Microsoft IE expert during the session, and 15 minutes of phone Q&A at the end. Learn what IT professionals do in real-world scenarios to configure, manage, deploy, and ensure the compatibility of their Web applications with Internet Explorer 8. 
Evaluate Release 10.1 of Forefront Online Protection for Exchange

The new release of Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE) integrates the support request system with the Admin Console. See the New Features Guide and the 10.1 Admin Center Guide.
New Consolidated Updates for System Center Operations Manager 2007 (R2 and SP1)

The Cumulative Update for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 (localized for English, Japanese, Russian, German, French, Italian, Spanish, and Korean) and Update Rollup for Operations Manager 2007 SP1 (all available localizations) are now generally available via the Microsoft Download Center.
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Mark Your Calendar for the Microsoft Desktop Virtualization Hour . March 18, 2010, 12PM EST. Looking at desktop virtualization including VDI? Thinking about Windows 7 migration, want savings, but wonder about ROI? Watch and interact live with Microsoft, industry experts, and IT leaders for a moderated televised discussion.
Ignite Your Coding Webcast Series : Register today for 8 new webcasts starting in March!
Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) V1 SP1 User Experience. This screencast demonstrates running a MED-V workspace using a V1 SP1 client in the Windows 7 environment. In V1 SP1, MED-V continues to employ Virtual PC 2007 as the virtualization vehicle to run a MED-V workspace, and it does not require hardware-assisted virtualization.
Learn How to Manage Security and Compliance Processes . Security Compliance Manager, a free new tool from Solution Accelerators, is now in beta. Check out this series of short videos, and learn how this tool can help you plan, deploy, operate, and manage your security baselines for Windows client and server operating systems and Microsoft applications.
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