Posts Tagged Springboard

Getting Your Windows 7 Problems Sorted

So we’re T-2 days away from the GA of the biggest OS launch in Microsoft’s history – Windows 7.  Everyone wants it, everyone is talking about it and everyone wants it to work in ways (Vista) other operating system’s didn’t.  They want continuity, they want security, they want they want – oh yeah, you want!  Well, in order to do that, we’re here to help.  The MVP’s, the MCT’s, Microsoft support and even you the community are helping each other in order to get the niggly bits sorted in ways they weren’t before.  So, what options do you have if you want support?  Well, let’s have a quick look:

Firstly, there’s Microsoft Answers:

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http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/windows7

It’s a forum for end users who have questions surrounding Windows 7.  My printer doesn’t seem to be detected…which is the best Anti-Virus programme to use…How does Aero Peek/Shake/Snap work…All the questions surrounding the daily usage of your OS in your private environment.

Next, we’ve got the TechNet Forums:

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http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/w7itpro

TechNet is for those of you who are IT Pros and looking for solutions as to how to deploy, better configure and better manage your IT infrastructure or estate at work.  Same topical matter, but with a different perspective as many who visit answers won’t have tools like SCCM, MDOP, MDT, be using BitLockerToGo or other enterprise tools.

Lastly, you can always visit our flagship location – one stop shop if you will – that has resource after resource after resource for helping you with the client OS needs.  Yep, you got it – Springboard!

 

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Infact, you all should know it so well by now you don’t need the URL, but just in case you’ve never been there before:

http://www.microsoft.com/springboard/

Give these locations a once over and I’m sure you’ll have your answers and more information to be dangerous quicker than you can say Windows 7 Rocks!

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Why The Public Is Accepting Windows 7

Windows 7 in the Wild

There has been much anticipation leading up to October 22, 2009. It’s Microsoft’s biggest release of an Operating System ever. Windows 7. The wait is over, is it as good as you thought it was going to be? Has it filled gaps that previous versions didn’t? Let’s take a look back through the timeline of Windows and see what Microsoft did different this time around to “round the troops” and get everyone excited about Windows 7.

The Other 6 Versions

On April 6, 1992 we were introduced to the first graphical Windows – Windows 3.1. It was very picturesque and liked by many – a stepping stone in to the world of Operating Systems. Its successor, Windows 95 came to us in August 1995, just three years later and was much anticipated by many as it was beginning to connect us to the Internet more easily than ever before and also add features and functionality that was only talked about in years past. It was what seemed to be a truly revolutionary operating system as it gave us a “what you see is what you get” (WYSIWYG) interface and also introduced us to the “start” button, which still exists today. It was heavily built upon and in June 1998, again three years on, we were introduced to Windows 98. This was more streamlined and began to appear not only in homes but in the workplace in certain instances as it could be networked. Then came what many consider the disaster to Windows. What was to be released as a stop gap between Windows 98 and Windows XP, on September 14, 2000, Microsoft introduced us to Windows ME (Millennium Edition). Dubbed by many as Windows ME (Millions of Errors), it only saw the light of day for a year or so before crawling in to a hole (and hopefully never coming back again). Quickly replaced in August 2001 with Windows XP, the fifth iteration of the Microsoft desktop OS, Windows XP took networking to the next level. It built upon the foundations of Windows 2000 – the professional younger brother of XP – and allowed people to get jobs done more easily, effectively and efficiently. It was deployed in mass by many and loved by all. Windows XP was so robust and worked that well, that it took Microsoft almost 6 years before releasing Windows Vista, which was to be the new operating system of the 21st century. However, Vista, similar to ME wasn’t accepted with such open arms and as such Microsoft found themselves struggling to keep this operating system’s head above water. It took more memory than its predecessors, had a new architecture that wasn’t friendly to external devices and was very slow and cumbersome. Something had to be done to gain the trust back of the user base that was slowly converting their systems to other companies or even just sticking with Windows XP in fear of Vista’s wrath.

Windows 7 Community Involvement

Microsoft promised within three years of Vista’s release date – January 30, 2007 – they would have a new operating system for the mass market. It had to be an operating system that would hopefully cure the woes of the public and bring them around. In order to do this though, they had to figure out a way to make Windows 7 more successful than the previously released Operating Systems. It had to have something different and most of all, it had to work and be loved. On January 9, 2009, Microsoft made publically available to the entire world, the beta of Windows 7. This was a first, as previously if you wished to trial any previous beta software from Microsoft you had to register and potentially be screened before being allowed to trial the upcoming software releases. This was different because in order to succeed, Microsoft needed the feedback from the users and those closely connected to the usage of the new OS.

After listening to the community during the 5 month beta, on May 5, 2009 the release candidate for the software was also made freely available to the world and in order to ensure the bugs were sorted out and everyone felt comfortable using it, Microsoft started a forum for the RC software. These forums as well as other Microsoft websites and communities – such as Springboard – started to give the users what they needed most – a voice and answers. Windows 7 was turning out to be what everyone wanted.

Performance

One of the other key critical elements of Windows 7 compared to other operating systems is that it is the first OS not to require a hardware upgrade. This means that almost 90% of the equipment out there today running either Windows XP or Windows Vista (9 years of hardware) can suitably run Windows 7. In fact, statistics have shown that Windows 7 actually out performs both Operating Systems on the same hardware in more than 3 of every 4 tests.

Usability

In order to make sure Windows 7 also worked better, the user interface was streamlined and made more friendly. It was to take on the same look and feel as their recent Office 2007 release. It was to have a ribbon and make things easier to use and get to. Not only did it streamline the interface, but it integrated search capabilities in to the OS so you could find things quicker and with less effort.

Conclusion

Windows 7 has been drastically changed on the outside, yet the inside is still a Microsoft Operating System. In the past 18 years of Operating Systems, we’ve had some highs and lows seen some changes for the good and also some detrimental ones. This iteration of an Operating System has taken on board the most important aspect of anything, and it isn’t a technical facet, it’s the power of the community. It’s been tried, tested and most of all, the team developing it listened to ensure this one will be one for the archives and works better than any of the previous ones and will be one the community, us who made it work the way it does, embrace it like no other.

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Another Windows 7 Virtual Roundtable!!!

Join Mark Russinovich, Jeremy Chapman, Aaron Margosis and more for our Windows 7 Virtual Round Table on Application Compatibility, live on Thursday June 18th.

Windows 7, is approaching fast and from the application standpoint is very similar to Windows Vista. We’re going to examine Windows 7 application compatibility not only from the perspective of moving from Windows Vista, but also for those coming from Windows XP. Join us to discuss the most common challenges around application compatibility when coming from a legacy operating system, why changes were made along the way, compatibility technologies inside the OS and methods for getting incompatible applications to run on Windows 7. Along the way we share tips and tricks, demonstrate free tools to analyze and fix applications and answer your specific questions about application compatibility live.

In Part 2 of this Virtual Round Table discussion (planned for later this Summer/Fall), we’ll discuss the options and approaches for using virtualization tools In depth to address application incompatibilities – including presentation virtualization, desktop virtualization and application virtualization. We’ll be sending out more details and posting information to www.microsoft.com/springboard for part 2 as the dates are finalized.

As part of the "virtual" experience, you may submit your questions about Windows 7 Application Compatibility to the panel live during the event-or submit questions in advance to vrtable@microsoft.com.

Event Details:
Title: Windows 7 Application Compatibility: Your Questions Answered (Part 1)
Date: Thursday, June 18
Time: 11:00am Pacific Time
URL for Live Broadcast: https://ms.istreamplanet.com/springboard (will not be live till 10:45 am PST on June 18th)

Also don’t forget, starting July 1st, the Windows 7 Beta will reboot every two hours. If you have not download and installed the Windows 7 Release Candidiate, please do so now by going here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dd353205.aspx

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If You Didn’t Go To TechEd USA (you should have)…This is what you missed

Sometimes it isn’t always possible to get to TechEd for one reason or another…If you didn’t get the chance to visit TechEd North America this year in Los Angeles, don’t worry.  We’ve got what’s being termed as the “Man On The Street Videos” for you to see what it was you missed – or even reflect on the experience that is TechEd.  Thanks to Springboard and STEP (Springboard Technical Experts Panel), Erdal Ozkaya, Justin Rodino, Elias Mereb, Aaron Tiensivu and Daniel Nerenberg came up with the videos below.  They’re in Alphabetic order for your convenience, but well worth watching when you have a few free minutes.  Also, thanks to the Springboard team – Stephen Rose, Caitlin Angeloff, and Melissa Bathum for putting up with all of us crazy characters and hope to see you all at TechEd Europe in Berlin!

One other note, there are still a few more to come, but these are the good ones we wanted to share with you right away!

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TechEd USA 2009 – Stephen Rose & Caitlin & Springboard

Synonymous – meaning similar things or often interchangable. Words like Springboard and Stephen Rose. Stephen Rose & Springboard colleague Caitlin. We had the pleasure of working for Stephen, Caitlin, Melissa (who is in a few other videos) and also Ali. However, this video focuses solely on Springboard so we found Stephen and Caitlin to tell us a bit more about it.

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TechEd USA 2009 – "Happiness is better when you share it"

For those of you who didn’t get to stop by the Springboard booth during TechEd USA 2009 – shame on you. We had loads of happiness (and Vista) to share and here is just a short clip on what went on!

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TechEd 2009 USA – Slot Machine Mania

A common place for people congregating was in the queue at the Slot Machine provided by TechNet Plus. Well, not everyone was a winner, so Erdal & I showed up with some copies of Vista, courtesy of Springboard to try and lighten the mood!

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TechEd USA 2009 – Justin & Rhonda Layfield

Erdal and I caught up with Rhonda Layfield who was originally part of the initial Springboard Virtual Round Table hosted by Mark Russinovich back in February.

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TechEd – Windows Client

In this video Erdal and I talk to Ali Parker from the Windows Client team about Springboard, and TechEd North America 2009.

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TechEd – Hyper-V

Here, Erdal and I take Springboard to talk with the Hyper-V team about what’s new, what Hyper-V is and also about how Springboard is involved with Hyper-V.

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