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NEW – MSS & MSS Express

The new MSS and MSS  Express products are our offerings for the standalone search solution market, and were developed for customers looking only for search functionality.   The MSS Express is a free, downloadable, standalone search server while MSS, which can scale to multiple boxes, has a VL SKU.

The offerings are designed to do two things:

1.       Provide customers with a compelling alternative to the Google Mini

2.       Drive overall awareness of Enterprise Search from Microsoft

  

CALLS TO ACTION:

·       Go to the http://www.microsoft.com/enterprisesearch/ to learn about the products.

·       Partners go to https://www.quickstartmicrosoftsearch.com/ to register and find out more!

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2007 in Product Information

 

Fun and Informational Ads

New ad campaign all partners should know about, plus they are fun to watch! www.everyonegetsit.com

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2007 in Product Information

 

Windows Compare Site

Nw Windows Compare site  

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver/compare/default.mspx

 

This new web site represents a key improvement in our ability to articulate ‘why Windows Server is the best choice versus all other platforms. 

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2007 in Product Information

 

Get Genuine Kit for Windows® XP Professional

Help your customers get genuine Windows on their existing PCs

The best and most costeffective way for customers to acquire Windows software is preinstalled on a new PC. However, more customers are becoming aware that they are running non-genuine Windows on their PCs. The Get Genuine Kit gives you a cost-effective solution to help them get legal, deepen your customer relationship, and be there as a trusted advisor.

The Get Genuine Kit is only available for use on fully assembled PCs with a previously installed counterfeit, pirated, or otherwise illegal or unlicensed copy of Windows XP Professional software.

The Problem: How to provide genuine Windows on a PC when customers have acquired non-genuine Windows XP Professional.

The Solution: The new Get Genuine Kit for Windows XP Professional. This Get Genuine Kit is designed for use on fully assembled PCs with a previously installed counterfeit, pirated, or otherwise illegal or unlicensed copy of Windows XP Professional software.

How It Works:

Acquire the Get Genuine Kit from an authorized Microsoft® OEM distributor. Affi x, or instruct the end-user to affi x, the enclosed certifi cate of authenticity (COA) label to the PC. Microsoft recommends, but does not require, that on the end user’s computer system you either:

Run the Windows Product Key Update Tool

Perform a re-install of Windows XP

Perform a clean install of Windows XP

Either you or the end customer must do one of these things in order to receive updates, upgrades,

and support services.

Other Facts:

The Get Genuine Kit is available from an authorized Microsoft OEM Distributor in packs of 1 or 10.

License Pack contains

1 1 COA label, 1 media, and 1 end user license agreement (EULA)

10 10 COA labels, 1 media, and 1 EULA

10-packs must be used for a single customer and must not be divided among multiple customers.

Bits are similar to full packaged product bits in that they will not wipe clean the hard drive upon installation. Microsoft provides product support for the Get Genuine Kit. This differs from OEM system builder software which the PC Manufacturer supports. The license is NOT transferable to another PC.

Helpful Resources:

Get Genuine information – http://oem.microsoft.com/getgenuine

Authorized OEM Distributors –

http://oem.microsoft.com/authorized_distributor

System Builder Website – http://oem.microsoft.com

Microsoft Genuine Software –

http://oem.microsoft.com/genuine

Product Key Upgrade Tool –

http://catalog.microsoft.com/genuine/purchase/updateinstructions.aspx

© 2006 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Microsoft, Windows and the Windows logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2007 in Product Information

 

Microsoft Releases SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2

Update is fully compatible with Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system; new licensing updates enhance opportunities for virtualization.

Related Links
Virtual Newsrooms:

Microsoft Servers Newsroom

Microsoft Resources:

SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 Web site

REDMOND, Wash. — Feb. 19, 2007 — Microsoft Corp. today released Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2005 SP2, an update to its award-winning data management and analysis platform. Customers can now take advantage of enhancements in the familiar and easy-to-use Windows Vista™ operating system and 2007 Microsoft Office system to easily connect and integrate with the power, security and reliability of SQL Server 2005. In addition, Microsoft announced that it is expanding virtualization use rights to allow unlimited virtual instances on servers that are fully licensed for SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition. For customers who want maximum flexibility in their use of virtualization technology, now or in the future, SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition is the ideal choice.

“SP2 delivers customer-driven improvements and new features that align with our data platform vision,” said Ted Kummert, corporate vice president of the Data and Storage Platform Division at Microsoft. “SP2 realizes a step forward in enabling organizations to bring the business intelligence capabilities of SQL Server 2005 directly to end users in the tools they use every day.”

Key enhancements to SQL Server SP2 include the following:

Data Mining Add-ins for the 2007 Microsoft Office system enable data mining functionality from SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) to be used directly within Excel® 2007 and Visio® 2007.

SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) compatibility with Microsoft Office SharePoint® Server 2007 provides integration with the Report Center in SharePoint, enabling the seamless consumption and management of SSRS reports within SharePoint.

SQL Server Analysis Services improvements for Excel 2007 and Excel Services relate to performance and functionality.

Data compression (varDecimal) is an important feature for data warehousing scenarios, requiring less disk storage of decimal data and increasing overall performance.

Manageability enhancements, based on customer feedback, provide management capabilities for database administrators such as improvements in database maintenance plans, enhanced management reports and a new copy database wizard.

Management reports added to SQL Server Express Edition enable customers to get insights into the performance of their Express Edition and SQL Server Compact Edition databases.

Interoperability improvements including Oracle support in the Report Builder feature enable customers to use its functionality on top of Oracle data sources. Customers also have access to SQL Server Reporting Services to build reports on top of Hyperion’s Essbase cubes.

Customers can download SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 immediately from http://www.microsoft.com/sql/sp2.mspx.

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2007 in Product Information

 

NEW Virtural PC 2007

The new Virtual PC 2007 with support for Windows Vista as a guest and a host, improved performance, hardware virtualization, 64-bit host support and PXE boot is available now.  In addition the Virtual PC web-site has been completely redesigned at www.microsoft.com/virtualpc.

 

Key new collateral on the web-site includes:

 

1)      See the demo”: A new autorun demonstration that explains the key application compatibility tools for Virtual PC 2007.

 

2)      Virtual PC 2007 Application Compatibility Whitepaper” describing how Virtual PC 2007 assists users with their application compatibility issues.

 

3)      Virtual PC 2007 Technical overview” updated from 2004.

 

Direct download of Virtual PC 2007 can be accessed here:  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=04D26402-3199-48A3-AFA2-2DC0B40A73B6&displaylang=en

If you are running a pre-release (beta) version of Virtual PC 2007, you may be prompted to uninstall that version before installing the released version.

 

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2007 in Product Information

 

Microsoft NEW Business & Tech Assessment Toolkit

We’re very proud to announce the launch of the latest and greatest Microsoft Business & Technology Assessment Toolkit (previously known as the Small Business Technology Assessment Toolkit). Since the previous version, originally conceptualized and spearheaded by Elyn Yao, became a hugely popular tool (it has been downloaded by 30K+ partners plus another 30K+ CDs distributed & a reported deal close rate of almost 90% by 750 survey respondents in the past 10 months approx.), the primary goal was to build upon this initial success to make further enhancements to this extremely valuable sales tool.

 

This new toolkit is a web-based tool (built using InfoPath 2007 and the .NET Framework) is currently available in English only. Some of the key feature highlights are:

 

§  Assess not just server, but also desktop and mobile needs of small and midsize customers to enable partners to discover opportunities for their solutions based on not just Windows SBS, but also 2007 Microsoft Office system, Windows Mobile & Windows Vista

§  An extensive Assessment Question Bank (QB) created with the help of 2 partners (both QB & UI of the toolkit was reviewed by a total of 18 partners)

§  11 Standard Templates out of the box to enable partners to easily get jump started with using the toolkit and doing assessments. These standard templates include the ability for partners to assess :

o     Business & Technology needs (for both they can pick from basic, standard or advanced based on customer size and partner expertise with assessments)

o    Scenario-based templates for Messaging and Collaboration, Desktop Deployment, Mobility and an advanced SWOT Analysis

§  Customization & Personalization of assessments, based on a huge ask from partners using the Small Business Technology Assessment Toolkit. This includes:

o    Partners can create their own custom templates from scratch, to tailor the discussion based on customer scenario and/or their business model

o    They can add their own questions e.g. specific to an industry or vertical

o    They can add their contact information and company logo

§  Self-updating feature (thanks to ClickOnce Technology in .NET Framework), so partners will receive automatic updates, if available, every time they launch the toolkit

§  Robust platform based on our own technology & compatible with both Windows Vista & 2007 Microsoft Office system that will enable us to:

o    Make future enhancements such as include additional products or make further user experience improvements more easily

o    Drive partner adoption/use of our products*

 

*Internal use license for InfoPath 2007 as part of the Office Enterprise Edition will be available for Gold Certified/Certified partners and Action Pack subscribers as part of their January monthly/quarterly boxes respectively.

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2007 in Product Information