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I thought this was pretty interesting.. so for a lighter, geeky-cool post on a Friday afternoon, as I’m busy waiting for large file copies in my home office lab to complete, I thought I’d share it with you. Microsoft Research recorded a demonstration of how responsive a typical touchscreen operating system is, and how much better the experience could be if the latency (the time between the screen sensing the finger move and the visual feedback of something moving on the screen) could be reduced. Check it out: (Credit: @TechCrunch’s tweet about Chris Velazco’s article on Tech Crunch – found HERE.) Do you want that kind of experience?  I sure hope our hardware partners are going to give us this kind of amazing experience with Windows 8. ... (more)

New Microsoft Certs Align to Cloud –The MCSE is Back!

Yesterday Microsoft announced some changes to the certification program for IT Professionals, in order to address the growing need for people being able to prove their expertise in all things cloud-related. That’s right.  What was the well-known “Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer” acronym MCSE has been re-purposed.  It now stands for “Microsoft Certified Solution Expert” “Wait.. you said that “the MCSE is back’.  Huh?!” From the press release… Because cloud computing talent is in short supply, Microsoft has reinvented its flagship credential, Microsoft Certified Systems Engin... (more)

Breaking News: Windows 8 Is Released to Manufacturing!

Wow.. I don’t think I need to tell you that this is a very exciting day for PC users and, really, for a world of people who depend upon computers to improve their lives; both work and personal. And selfishly, it’s especially exciting for me, as I happen to be here in Redmond, and on campus, taking advantage of some Private Cloud training.  If there’s any kind of a celebration here that’s open to all employees, I hope to attend. “Excellent!  When can I get it?” Today it’s being delivered to OEMs so that they can start putting it on their new hardware.  The GA (General Availabili... (more)

More Breaking News: Windows Server 2012 Is ALSO Released to Manufacturing!

I actually thought we were going to wait a day and not steal any of the thunder around the Windows 8 RTM, but today Microsoft also announces the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) of Windows Server 2012. Here is the announcement on the Windows Server Blog. “Are we going to have to wait ‘til October 24 for Server 2012 to be generally available, too?” No!  We’re actually making it available on September 4, 2012!  Check out THIS PAGE to save the date for the launch.     ... (more)

Application Profiles in System Center 2012 SP1 VMM: Build Your Private Cloud (Series)

Today’s installment of our “Build Your Private Cloud in a Month” series is the third of a 5-part mini-series we’re calling “Deploying Private Cloud Workloads”.  This week we (Tommy Patterson, Blain Barton and I) are going to detail and demonstrate some of the key areas in System Center 2012 SP1 Virtual Machine Manager that support the foundational concepts and objects in your Private Cloud arsenal: Hardware Profiles (Monday) Guest OS Profiles (Tuesday) Application Profiles (Wednesday) <—Today! VM Templates (Thursday) Service Templates (Friday) To follow along, make sure you have i... (more)