Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)

Windows 7 RTM now available for download

, posted: 7-Aug-2009 07:12

The final release version of Windows 7 is now available for download for TechNet and MSDN subscribers. As yet Windows Server 2008 R2 has yet to appeared for download - and the Release Candidate version has been removed as a download.

All versions of Windows 7 are listed - from 'Windows 7 Starter' to 'Windows 7 Enterprise'. I did notice a note next to the Enterprise version stating 'If you retrieved a key for the Windows 7 Beta or RC, a Windows 7 key has been provided for your convenie (read the entire post)...



Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 SP2

, posted: 3-Aug-2009 20:03

Microsoft appear to be on the verge of releasing Service Pack 2 for Exchange Server 2007. This release comes just weeks ahead of when Exchange Server 2010 is likely to be released to manufacturing.

A key highlight of this service pack is functionality that enables the Windows Server 2008 backup tool to properly backup Exchange Server 2007 data. The lack of this capability was a cause of frustration for many small businesses when Windows Server 2008 was released.

This servic (read the entire post)...



Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 released to manufacturing

, posted: 23-Jul-2009 09:54

Microsoft have announced that Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 has been released to manufacturing today.

The final (RTM) versions of Windows 7 will apparently be available for download from August 6. Initial access will be MSDN and Technet subscribers. The following day the operating systems will be available for all Microsoft customers who have Software Assurance agreements covering their Windows 7.

Actual availablility dates are likely to vary based on locality as whe (read the entire post)...



Silverlight 3 launches

, posted: 10-Jul-2009 08:44

Today Microsoft made Silverlight 3 available for download - one day ahead of the expected launch. You can download it here.

Stay tuned for more info rolling in with the official launch, however don't expect much to different from the Silverlight 3 beta release I wrote about some months ago. There is an extensive list of new features here on on Tim Heuer's blog, along with detail about the new/updated tools - Silverlight 3 Tools for Visual Studio, Expression Blend 3, etc. (read the entire post)...



Contrary to the rumours, Microsoft Response Point 2.0 is coming

, posted: 24-May-2009 22:30

In recent weeks a number of major websites and blogs have been highlighting concern surrounding the future of Microsoft's groundbreaking small business phone system - Response Point. And with good reason because during Microsoft's recent round of layoffs a number of the Response Point team were lost.

Add to the layoffs public comments from Microsoft that are unclear regarding the future of the product and it's understandable that early adopters might be concerned they will be stuck wi (read the entire post)...



Exchange Server 2010 Beta available for download

, posted: 15-Apr-2009 20:23

Microsoft have quietly made available a beta version of Exchange Server 2010 (aka Exchange 14) today. Along with the beta product is documentation and system requirements. Things to be aware of with this release include:
- minimum RAM for the product has increased from 2gb to 4gb
- Windows Server 2008 x64 is required (Windows Server 2003 x64 is no longer supported)

With a raft of new features adoption of this new release is expected to be rapid, particularly for customers wh (read the entire post)...



Silverlight 3 announced

, posted: 19-Mar-2009 15:05

Microsoft have announced Silverlight 3 during their MIX09 developers conference. So, what's news?

Fully supported by Visual Studio and Expression Blend, highlights of new features and functionality of Silverlight 3 include: major media enhancements, out of browser support allowing Web applications to work on the desktop; significant graphics improvements including 3D graphics support, GPU acceleration and H.264 video support; and many features to improve RIA development productivity. (read the entire post)...



Exchange 2010 (aka Exchange 14) not far off - updated

, posted: 17-Mar-2009 05:10

There's been a lot of interest in the sucessor to Exchange Server 2007 since Microsoft announced the TAP (Technology Adoption Programme) for Exchnage Server 14 last year. It now seems likely that the Exchange Server 2010 will be released to manufacturing between late September and mid-late Q4 2009.

Feaures slated for the new release include:
- An updated OWA (Outlook Web Access) client that provides equal functionality in Firefox and Safari as is provided in Internet Explorer
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IT Support – time to take an exciting next step?

, posted: 2-Feb-2009 23:12

Gorilla Technology is looking for a keen and enthusiastic person to join our team - someone who both learns technical things very quickly and has great people skills.If you're looking for 'just another job' then this probably isn't the role for you. At Gorilla we work differently from other companies and we're looking for someone who stands out.

There is much to Gorilla's special sauce (we call it 'The Gorilla Way') that differentiates us. From an employee perspective you'll benefit f (read the entire post)...



Product Keys for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 beta

, posted: 11-Jan-2009 10:46

If you've downloaded either Windows 7 beta or Windows Server 2008 R2 beta you'll need a product key if you wish to activate it and use it for more than 30 days. The product keys will extend the usage period to 1 August 2009 (it will expire on that date).

To obtain a key for Windows 7, follow this link:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/beta-download.aspx

Keys for Windows Server 2008 R2 beta are as follows:

- Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta Enterprise (7 (read the entire post)...