Gee.. you go out to the gym for a couple of hours and come back and
lo-and-behold the Windows 8 released (RTM) bits become available for download
for TechNet and MSDN subscribers! So if you subscribe, go to the site and
get ‘em while they’re hot!
“What about other folks? When can I buy it?”
If you’re a Microsoft Software Assurance customer, you’ll be able to
download the bits on August 16, 2012 (yes.. tomorrow). If you’re a Volume
License customer without Software Assurance, you’ll be able to purchase
Windows 8 through your Microsoft Volume License Resellers on September 1st,
“And what about the rest of us?”
October 26th. That’s when it will hit store shelves, and also become
available on new and exciting hardware such as the Microsoft Surface.
BONUS for you developers: Visual Studio 2012 is also now available for MSDN
It’s over! November (Movember?) is here! Now it’s time to sit
back and soak in all of this great information!
Below is a complete list (Thank you, Keith Mayer for compiling it) of links
to our full 31 Days. Enjoy!
31 Days of our Favorite Things
The Cloud OS Platform by Kevin Remde Server Manager in Windows Server 2012 by
Brian Lewis Feel the Power of PowerShell 3.0 by Matt Hester Live Migrate Your
VMS in One Line of PowerShell by Keith Mayer Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V
Replica by Kevin Remde Right-size IT Budgets with “Storage
Spaces” by Keith Maye... (more)
(Re-posted with John Weston’s permission.)
Many times over the last year I have been asked the question, “What is
Windows Intune?” I like to describe Windows Intune as the cloud service
that helps you centrally manage and secure your PCs through a simple,
web-based console. Released back in March 2011, Windows Intune has already
had a major Update on October 17th, 2011.
Why should any IT Pro consider using Windows Intune? Well, I came up with
these top 10 reasons (there are many more, but let’s start with 10).
Top 10 Reasons to Use Windows Intune:
Windows Intune is a ... (more)
I feel bad that I didn’t include this yesterday – because it’s hugely
important: Alongside of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 release candidates,
Microsoft’s Hyper-V Server 2012 release candidate was also made publically
available for download.
“What’s so cool about that, Kevin?”
For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, Hyper-V Server is the free
Yes, free operating system that.. well, I hesitate to call an operating
system. It is Hyper-V in its purest form.. just the “micro-kernalized
hypervisor” that you can run for virtualization hosts.
“Ah.. so it’s free, wh... (more)
Some of you may be aware that this week another big Microsoft conference is
happening in Toronto. The Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) for 2012 is in
full swing. And like all of these kinds of conferences, there are usually
big announcements and reveals and important information shared during the
keynotes. This year’s is no exception.
Yesterday (WPC Day 1), for example, Microsoft announced the timing of the
release of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, and introduced partners to new
options for selling Office 365. And today (WPC Day 2) Microsoft announced
some additional i... (more)