Erik Moreau

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Exploring Windows 8.1 Update – Start Screen, Desktop and Other Enhancements

Welcome to Ask PFE Plat’s coverage of the next chapter in Microsoft’s on-going refinement of Windows. As with 8.1, we continue to evolve and improve the OS and last week, at the Build 2014 conference, we released “Windows 8.1 Update” to MSDN. On Tuesday, April 8th, the Update will be released to the Windows Update …

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Springboard Series Blog: Announcing Windows 8.1 end-user readiness content

Today we’re announcing the availability of the Windows 8.1 business user guide package. The package provides a range of guides and video tutorials that will ensure your users take full advantage of Windows 8.1. Windows 8.1 Quick Guide for Business – for online distribution This 16 page brochure-type quick guide provides a basic introduction to …

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Software-Defined Networking with Windows Server and System Center Jump Start

  Free online event with live Q&A with the networking team: http://aka.ms/SftDnet Wednesday, March 19th from 8am – 1pm PST   Are you exploring new networking strategies for your datacenter? Want to simplify the process? Software-defined networking (SDN) can streamline datacenter implementation through self-service provisioning, take the complexity out of network management, and help increase …

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Microsoft to launch new standalone OneDrive for Business subscription plan on April 1st

Microsoft is set to roll out a new standalone OneDrive for Business subscription plan, which comes with Office Online, as well as enhancements to SharePoint 2013 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) that enable on-premises SharePoint users to configure OneDrive for Business with just a few clicks. OneDrive for Business was formerly known as SkyDrive Pro. Microsoft has …

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Microsoft extends life of Malicious Software Removal Tool on XP

Microsoft confirmed today for ZDNet that they will continue to create and distribute the Malicious Software Removal Tool for Windows XP users until July 14, 2015. A Microsoft spokesperson said “Microsoft’s Malicious Software Removal Tool is aligned with the company’s antimalware engines and signatures and as such, the removal tool will continue to be provided …

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SkyDrive to be OneDrive

Skydrive will soon be renamed to OneDrive The main Preview page: https://preview.onedrive.com/ The blog: http://blog.onedrive.com/ Video

Microsoft extends Windows XP Security Essentials support to July 2015

Microsoft will kill support for Windows XP this April, but for those of you who are using antimalware products, Microsoft will continue supplying those signatures until July of 2015. This means that Microsoft’s Security Essentials will still be updated after the April cutoff date, but the underlying OS will remain vulnerable. This is an interesting …

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Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft System Center 2012 R2

We’re happy to announce a new free ebook – Introducing Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 by Mitch Tulloch with Symon Perriman and the System Center Team. DOWNLOAD LINKS Download the  PDF – here Download the Mobi file for Kindle – here Download the ePub file – here   Introduction Microsoft System Center is one of …

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New Disk2vhd V2.0 with vhdx support

Disk2vhd is a utility that creates VHD (Virtual Hard Disk – Microsoft’s Virtual Machine disk format) versions of physical disks for use in Microsoft Virtual PC or Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines (VMs). The difference between Disk2vhd and other physical-to-virtual tools is that you can run Disk2vhd on a system that’s online. Disk2vhd uses Windows’ Volume …

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Windows Server 2012 R2 Test Lab Guide

This Microsoft Test Lab Guide (TLG) provides you with step-by-step instructions to create the Windows Base Configuration test lab, using computers running Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2, With the resulting test lab environment, you can build test labs based on other Windows Server 2012 R2 TLGs from Microsoft, TLG extensions in the TechNet …

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