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TechNet Flash, Volume 12, Issue 1 - January 13, 2010
TechNet Flash Editor's Note from Mitch Irsfeld

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Happy 2010!

While acknowledging the "new normal," I'll go out on a limb and predict a more favorable economic environment for accomplishing your objectives this year. And we'll start the new year by pointing out some new offerings for TechNet.

First up, a note on the new look for TechNet Flash: We have now completed the A/B testing and fine-tuned many aspects to improve rendering in various e-mail clients. And, yes, we lightened the background as many of you requested! But we still want to hear of any production issues or rendering problems on your end. Feel free to contact me directly.

TechNet now features daily news updates for IT professionals on the TechNet home page. This is the place to get the very latest on new resources, downloads, evaluations, training, and events covering the broad technology landscape of TechNet. Here's a hint: the news changes fast - several times a day, in fact. Check back often and click the RSS button to see what you recently missed.

TechNet Magazine Blog Is Back
During the magazine's transition to its new online format, many of you commented on the lack of updates. Good news: the TechNet Magazine Blog is going strong again and there are several access options, including Twitter, Facebook, blog, Web, and RSS. And remember to check TechNet Magazine's Tip of the Day.

Speaking of tips, Daniel Bucherer describes in his blog how admins can change the Windows Update settings for their users with a simple script. Check out how to enable and disable Microsoft Update in Windows 7 via script.

If you have a Windows 7 story of your own, it could earn you a high-end notebook. Join the Toolbox.com Windows 7 community and submit your best story to the Windows @ Work contest for a chance to win a Hewlett Packard Envy. Join the community discussions about Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system.

HP and Microsoft Announce Agreement to Advance Cloud Computing
HP and Microsoft today announced an agreement to invest US$250 million over the next three years to collaborate on an engineering roadmap for converged application platforms, virtualization solutions and integrated management offerings that enable cloud computing. Initial solutions will focus on heterogeneous data center management based on HP's Insight Software and Business Technology Optimization software portfolio with Microsoft's System Center suite, and virtualization "Smart Bundles" for small-midsize businesses (SMBs) based on HP server, storage, and networking solutions coupled with Microsoft Windows Server and Insight Software.

Mitch Irsfeld
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