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Volume 13, Issue 15 | July 13, 2011

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Microsoft SQL Server Code Name 'Denali'
Download SQL Server Code Name "Denali" CTP3

SQL Server Code Name "Denali" Community Technology Preview (CTP3) provides the foundation for the cloud-ready information platform, and will help customers unlock insights across the organization and quickly build solutions that extend data across on-premises and public cloud.

Microsoft Office 2010
Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 Service Pack 1 Now Available

Service Pack 1 is now available for the 2010 family of products, including Office, SharePoint, Project Server, FAST, Search Server, and Groove Server. For more on deployment, see these articles: Apply Office 2010 Service Pack 1 and Deploy Service Pack 1 for Project Server 2010. Also, download the Service Pack 1 for SharePoint Foundation 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010 White Paper.

Internet Explorer 10
Internet Explorer 10: Platform Preview 2

The latest preview build of Internet Explorer 10, Platform Preview 2, is now available for download. With the second Platform Preview, developers can start working with several site-ready HTML5 technologies.
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TechNet Radio: Office 365 Basics - Setup and Deployment
Blain Barton chats with Jay Kothari, a Program Manager here at Microsoft. Tune in as Jay shows us how easy it is to get started with Office 365, from deployment, configuration of apps, and automatic updates through the Office 365 Desktop Setup Tool.

"Office 365 for the IT Pro" Course Added to the Microsoft Virtual Academy
This track provides you an overview of the components that comprise Office 365, including the different licenses available and what's included with each.

Quick Reference Guide: Microsoft IT Deploys Internet Explorer 9
Learn how Microsoft Information Technology used File Classification Infrastructure (FCI) to create a solution to automatically classify, manage, and protect sensitive data, including personally identifiable information and financial information. The new solution enables risk mitigation for sensitive data by using automatically applied controls. Ultimately, this solution helped Microsoft IT achieve industry best practices for regulatory compliance.

SQL Azure Connectivity Troubleshooting Guide
The information provided in this article is intended to help troubleshoot some of the common connectivity error messages that you might see while connecting to SQL Azure.

Download the Security in Office 365 White Paper
Get a comprehensive overview of the security practices and technology that support enterprise-grade security in Microsoft Office 365 for businesses of all sizes.

Windows Thin PC Released
Windows Thin PC enables customers to repurpose existing PCs as thin clients by providing a smaller-footprint, locked-down version of Windows 7. Learn how you can reduce the end-point costs for your virtual desktop infrastructure. Download the 90-day trial. Windows Thin PC is available as a benefit of Software Assurance.

TechNet Radio: What's Next in System Center 2012
Blain Barton and John Baker interview Chris Van Wesep, Group Product Manager here at Microsoft. Listen in as they preview the System Center 2012 suite of products and discuss how IT pros can grapple with cloud computing and the consumerization of IT.

New Special Edition Security Intelligence Report on the Rustock Threat
This report provides new data on the Rustock botnet and the impact of the malware on computers around the world. In addition to the report, we have released updated data on computer infection reductions we've seen since the takedown.

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Mitch IrsfeldEditor's Note

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Mitch Irsfeld

Windows 7 Offers a New Day for Desktop Deployment

In the not-that-distant past, desktop deployments could quickly become desktop derailments, but new tools help keep the wheels on the track. In this week's TechNet feature we take a closer look at the new sets of tools available to facilitate a deployment tailored specifically for your environment. Joshua Hoffman provides an overview of these evolved tool sets in his Top Tools for Deploying Windows 7, which takes a look at everything from Windows AIK for Windows 7 to the Application Compatibility Toolkit and the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit....

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Training and Books

Course 10337: Updating Your Microsoft SQL Server 2008 BI Skills to SQL Server 2008 R2
If you have experience with SQL Server 2008 but want to learn about the new features in SQL Server 2008 R2, attend this three-day course: Course 10337: Updating Your Microsoft SQL Server 2008 BI Skills to SQL Server 2008 R2. Special training offers from Microsoft Learning Partners are now in place - register soon to enjoy the savings.

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October 3 - 6, 2011
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