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Volume 14, Issue 24 | October 31, 2012
Windows 8 - Ready for your users and ready for the enterprise

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Download the Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation

Download a free 90-day evaluation of Windows 8 Enterprise to explore the newest features firsthand and start testing your apps, hardware, and deployment strategies.


Introducing Windows 8: An Overview for IT Professionals (Free Ebook)

Windows 8 offers a lot of great new features for businesses and IT pros, as explained in this free ebook. Designed to help you prepare to deploy Windows 8, deliver apps, manage recovery, security and virtualization, the first release of this ebook is a preview release. We will be releasing the entire ebook in early November.


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Register for a Free Windows 8 Jump Start

Can't attend a live Windows 8 IT Camp? Take advantage of free, online, fast-paced training courses designed specifically for experienced IT professionals with jobs that demand that they know how to best leverage the emerging features and technologies in Windows 8.


See the Windows 8 Technical Demonstrations

Short on time, but want to know more about key features in Windows 8 for IT professionals? Check out these brief, but informative technical demonstrations.


Work Smart Guide: Exploring Windows 8

This guide provides a high-level overview of the exciting new features in the Windows 8 user interface.


Windows To Go Technical Overview

Learn how Windows To Go can help you provide users with bootable USB storage devices containing a copy of Windows 8, along with their business apps, data, and settings.


Video: Windows 8 Support in System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1

David Tesar met with John Vintzel, Senior Program Manager for System Center Configuration Manager, to discuss new features to support Windows 8 management like folder redirection and deployment, and enhancements in SP1 to support user-centric deployment of new applications like iOS, Android, App-V 5, and Windows 8 Apps.


Windows 8: Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to frequently asked questions about managing end user access to, and usage of, the Windows Store within your organization. Also see Frequently Asked Questions: Managing the Windows Store.


Free Windows 8 Assessment and Deployment Tools

Take advantage of free Microsoft tools to help you assess the readiness of your hardware, test for application compatibility, migrate user data and settings, and implement security settings for desktops, laptops, and other devices.


Windows 8 Work Smart Guide: Backing Up Your Data and Settings

This guide provides information on how to set up and use the new File History feature in Windows 8 or the IntelliMirror Redirection Service to back up your data.


New MMPC Threat Report on Rootkits Now Available

Rootkits provide stealth capabilities to malware. This Microsoft Malware Protection Center threat report examines how attackers use rootkits, how rootkits function on affected computers and recommendations that can help organizations mitigate the risk from rootkits.


Security Tools to Administer Windows Server 2012

This article lists and describes Microsoft tools that are available for Windows Server 2012 to administer security technologies and address ongoing threats to your computers and network. To help you find the right tool for the job, the security tools are grouped by category and task.


Get Your Script On! Check out PowerShell Saturdays

Blain Barton and the Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, are back to discuss PowerShell Saturday events. Tune in as they chat about what topics will be covered, how you can register, and how you can start one in your own area.


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Editors Note


Mitch Irsfeld

TechNet Flash Editor

Windows 8 Is Ready for the Enterprise

Since its earliest preview release, people have tried to pigeon-hole Windows 8, but they quickly find that the operating system is much more than a new interface and application platform. For IT and business users, especially, Windows 8 goes well beyond gestures and the new app model....

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Training and Books

Discover Your Path to Windows 8
Attend a Microsoft Technology Showcase to find out what Windows 8 has to offer IT professionals. Learn how Windows 8 will help you grow your business and discover the latest Microsoft training and certification offerings to help you and your teams get skilled and ready. Take advantage of this great opportunity so that you and your organization are well prepared.


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New Windows Server 2012 and Windows Azure IaaS IT Camps with Hands-on Labs Added
Did you miss the Microsoft IT Camps because they were sold out?In order to meet additional demand, Microsoft and New Horizons are hosting additional IT Camps in cities across the U.S. Join us for a free 1-day event to experience Windows Server 2012 and Windows Azure IaaS in action.

Not in the U.S.? Check out Microsoft IT Camps around the world.


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