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This week I was working on a blog post where I thought once and for all I could dispel all of the hullabaloo over the “missing” Windows 8 Start button. The post was a written version of my 5 minute pitch to anyone that complains about not having a Start button and how it prevents them from being productive. I can usually convince naysayers in about 5 minutes that the Start screen is just as east to use if not more so than having a little button to click on. There really isn’t anything the old Start button gave us except for the button itself. We can accomplish all of the same goals as quickly or (in my opinion) even faster or better with Start screen and other Windows 8 features. I was just about to post this morning when Twitter informed me of a post by Ed Bott over at ZDNet. He sums up my thoughts around the “missing” Start button perfectly. He essentially says e... (more)

Last Chance to Register for the Bellevue and Portland Windows Azure IT Camps – Free Hands on Azure training!

Here is a little snapshot of what we will be doing at the IT Camps in Bellevue and Portland (as well as other cities around the US).   Hands-on Lab: Build a SharePoint Dev/Test Farm in the Cloud using Windows Azure Infrastructure Services · Get Started...(read more ) ... (more)

What’s New, R2? – Networking: 802.1X Authentication

Networks. Whether wired or wireless, we have to have them to connect all of the various pieces of our infrastructure together. Not only do we use them to connect clients to servers and servers to other servers on our Intranets, they are the backbone of...(read more ) ... (more)

TechNet Video: (Part 2) An Interview with Mark Minasi – Thoughts on Cool Technology

Mark Minasi, of Minasi Research and Development, is a well-known speaker and instructor on Windows Client and Server technologies. He has over 20 years of experience in the industry and has spoken at hundreds of conferences and events. He also teaches...(read more ) ... (more)

Slides: The Journey to the Cloud

Last Deck! We also had some special guests in to deliver a brief session on Cloud Computing, Identity Management, and where Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager (FIM) fits in. Journey to the Cloud View more presentations from Chris Avis . ...(read more ) ... (more)