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Windows 7 End of Mainstream Support Implications

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I have been asked a couple of times about end of Mainstream support for Windows 7 Regarding Windows 7: January 12, 2015 – Microsoft will stop mainstream support for Windows 7 January 14, 2020 – Windows 7 extended support ends http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/search/default.aspx?alpha=windows+7 What does end of mainstream support mean? You still get the monthly updates and […]

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Microsoft: A Platform Agnostic Company – Yeah!

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My professional live has revolved, in great percentage, around Microsoft and Microsoft technologies.   It has been a good life, but  over the few years it has felt it like swiming against the current because of the major trends out there..    With so much of the market going cloud-services, device independent application delivery, bring-your-own-device, […]

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My Windows 8.1 Upgrade Experience

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This weekend I upgraded several of my Windows 8 machines to Windows 8.1 which I got from my MSDN subscription…  Here are a few notes on the experience… First, you will need new Keys for the Windows 8.1 installation. The old ones will not work, and the installation ask for it early in the process, […]

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Updated IPD from Microsoft

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The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) guides series have been updated to reflect the version upgrades and changes to the Microsoft product line in the past few months. Definitely worth the review: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc196387.aspx As a reminder: The series is a collection of documents that leads the reader through a sequence of core decision points to […]

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Microsoft Online – $4B startup and counting

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It is simply amazing to see how much is Microsot investing into its online division. Based on the the latest Microsoft quarterly result published last week, the operating loss for the online services division was  $726M  in the 3rd quarter alone, and a loss  $1.8B for the current year. If we look back to when the […]

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Windows Azure – Simple Explanation

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We are often asked what is Windows Azure, and how does it help the business. Explaining what an application hosting platform is, and how it can help it is not as simple as it sounds… Microsoft Azure is an application hosting environment rather than a server-based like Amazon’s AWS environment. Azure is a service that […]

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IE6: You will be remembered…

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According to a CNN report today,   “More than 100 people, many of them dressed in black, were expected to gather around a coffin Thursday night to say goodbye to an old friend. The deceased? Internet Explorer 6.” March 1st marks the official  death of the IE6 browser –  http://ie6funeral.com/ Internet Explorer Six, resident of the […]

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Cloud Computing – Basics

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Microsoft’ Ron Markezich, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Online,  made available  a basic but interesting video  on his views on cloud computing adoption which he expressed at the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium in Boston, MA For one thing, chief information officers are uncertain how to fashion a roadmap that brings “cloud services” into their IT architecture. […]

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