More about Microsoft product lifecycles

As I wrote the previous blog entry I started thinking about all the other products I come across in my daily professional life and started creating the table shown below. For those that are still running Windows 2000 Server systems, it’s about time to start migrating these because next year the extended support will end. More product lifecycle information can be found on the Microsoft Product Lifecycle site.    Products Released General Availability Date Mainstream Read More …

Windows XP mainstream support ends in 2 days

On April 14th mainstream support for Windows XP will end. for the next 5 years the operating system goes into extended support. The table below illustrates the differences between mainstream and extended support. The Microsoft Windows XP product page explains it as following: Mainstream Support delivers complimentary and paid support, free security updates, and bug fixes to all Windows customers who purchase a retail copy of Windows XP (i.e., a shrink-wrapped, not pre-installed copy). Mainstream Read More …

Classic Menu in Microsoft Word 2007

With the release of the Office 2007 suite, Microsoft made some radical changes to the UI. Gone were the menus and toolbars, replaced by the “Ribbon” I’ve seen many users (including myself) struggling with the new user interface. It’s not that the concept of the Ribbon isn’t good, it’s rather the time it takes until you find the new location within the Ribbon to do something you have been doing for years with the old Read More …

Updated Group Policy Online University

In January 2009 Jeremy Moskovitz launched the Online University for Group Policy Management. I wrote about that earlier in my blog post “Online Group Policy University”. In the past weeks Jeremy has put an additional great amount of effort in reworking the offerings, so that now you have the possibility of selecting and ordering individual Modules and and options. Additionally there are some very attractive payment options as well that might be interesting for those Read More …

Windows 7 IT Pro Guides

Microsoft has published Windows 7 IT Pro Guides. These documents include: 1) A What’s New in Windows 7 Guide, covering many new and changed Windows 7 features of interest to IT professionals, including DirectAccess, BranchCache and other networking technologies, VHD boot and other deployment technologies, and AppLocker, Biometrics, and other security technologies, and 2) A Windows 7 Manageability Overview Guide, covering the manageability improvements that can reduce total cost of ownership by helping to increase Read More …

Some thoughts on IPv6

About 3 years ago when Windows Vista was on the horizon there has been a lot of talk around IPv6. But since then, at least in the environment I work in, it has become quiet around this topic. On Wikipedia we can read that based on a study from Google, penetration is still less than one percent of Internet traffic in any country But nowadays we more often hear about the IPv4 Address exhaustion meaning Read More …