Contents tagged with Windows 7

  • Microsoft Extends Consumer Support For Windows 7 & Vista To 10 Years

    Posted by sumeethevans on February 28 2012, 10:47 PM. Posted in Windows Vista, Windows 7.

    Traditionally, individual consumers have enjoyed 5 years of Mainstream support for their Windows product, in which time they received major upgrades, bug fixes, security patches, and more. Businesses enjoyed this same Mainstream support, but also the Extended support which lasted for 5 more years and included only security updates.


    Although Microsoft has not made a big deal out of the change, individual consumers will also enjoy the 10-year Extended support from now on, meaning support will end on November, 2017 for Vista users and on January, 2020 for Windows 7 users. As a result, support for Vista will not end later this year as it was meant to.

    Support for Windows XP, however, is still planned to end on 2014, more than 10 years after the OS was first released.

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  • Windows 7 on a Slate Device

    Posted by bink on October 6 2011, 1:50 AM. Posted in Windows 7.

    Learn how to use Windows 7 features on a slate device, using touch-friendly features in IE9, the tablet input panel, speech inputs and more.

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  • Windows 7 is now Common Criteria Certified!

    Posted by sumeethevans on April 29 2011, 4:39 AM. Posted in Windows 7.

    Our friends over at the FutureFed blog reported that Windows 7 the has passed  the Common Criteria (CC) certification process and achieved Evaluation Assurance Level 4 with augmentation (EAL4+). Common Criteria certification is an international standard recognized by 26 member nations including the United States and is a procurement requirement for U.S. Defense and national security customers.

    With this certification, we are excited that our federal customers as well as foreign governments can feel secure in deploying Windows 7, having successfully passed the rigorous security testing protocols set forth by the National Information Assurance Partnership.

    This is exciting news, but not surprising as Windows 7 is our most secure operating system to date. In addition to enhancing existing security features in Windows, we incorporated customer feedback throughout the development process of Windows 7 to deliver innovative new security features, including Direct Access, AppLocker and BitLocker To Go.

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  • Microsoft Releases Beta of DaRT 7 Recovery Tool

    Posted by sumeethevans on April 29 2011, 4:35 AM. Posted in Windows 7.

    This week I had a chance to sit down with Brad McCabe, the product manager for DaRT (Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset). DaRT has been a favorite tool for many IT Pros, dating back to its days as part of Winternals Admin Pack. DaRT has continued to evolve since then but it’s still focused on helping IT Pros easily recover PCs that have become unstable, rapidly diagnose probable causes of issues, and quickly repair unbootable or locked out systems, all faster than the average time it takes to reimage the machine.

    Customer can sign up for that Beta today here. Larger customers wanting to deploy DaRT 7 now can email us at to find out if they qualify to join the DaRT TAP program. The TAP program will allow them deep interaction with the product team and assistance in deploying and testing DaRT 7 in their production environment today.

    IT Pros can learn more about MBAM (content coming soon) as well as DaRT, AGPM, AIS and the rest of the tools in MDOP in the MDOP Zone on the Springboard Series on TechNet.

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  • Microsoft Announces Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM)

    Posted by sumeethevans on February 10 2011, 6:56 AM. Posted in Windows 7.

    This week I had a chance to sit down with Anthony (A.J.) Smith, the product manager for the new MBAM tool. As many IT Pro’s know, with Windows 7 Enterprise and Ultimate there is a security feature called BitLocker which focus on full volume encryption of operating system partitions, fixed data partitions, and removable drives. MBAM builds on BitLocker in Windows 7 and offers IT Pro’s an enterprise solution for BitLocker provisioning, monitoring and key recovery. MBAM will help them simplify BitLocker provisioning and deployment independent or as part of their Windows 7 migration, improves compliance and reporting of BitLocker, and reduces support costs.

    Stephen – A.J., thanks for taking time to chat with me. Let’s jump right in. Many IT pros are looking to make BitLocker part of their deployment process. How does MBAM help simplify BitLocker provisioning and deployment.

    A.J.- Let’s start with provisioning since IT Pro’s need to think about how they want to configure MBAM and BitLocker. Decisions like what level of encryption, what protectors to use, what volumes they want to protect, and many others should be considered. The Springboard Windows Client Security and Control page has some great BitLocker documentation to help with making the right choices for their organization. Once they understand how they want to configure BitLocker, they can use the additional group policies that MBAM provides to setup their BitLocker configuration.

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  • Windows 7 updates deliver more bang for your buck

    Posted by sumeethevans on February 10 2011, 6:54 AM. Posted in Windows 7.

    I want to touch on some updates designed to help you effectively manage your IT environment. You’ve shared with me the need to get the most out of your current infrastructure and how you’re turning to desktop virtualization to make this happen while using it to accelerate your Windows 7 deployments. We have some updates based on your feedback and aimed at simplifying the process:
    • A while back, we lowered VDI licensing costs by making desktop access rights a Software Assurance (SA) benefit.
    • When we released our application virtualization solution, App-V 4.6, we also reduced storage costs for VDI, making it possible to store a single copy of virtual applications on a SAN while deploying them to multiple virtual machines.
    • Now, with SP1, we are working to lower the operational expenses of VDI by optimizing VM density through the new Dynamic Memory functionality in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. More info here..
    • We are also pleased to announce Windows Thin PC (WinTPC), an upcoming SA benefit. WinTPC is a smaller footprint, locked down version of Windows 7, designed to allow customers to repurpose their existing PCs as thin clients. PCs with WinTPC will not require the VDA license that regular thin clients will need to access VDI desktops. WinTCP is expected to be available for download from the Microsoft Connect Site in Q1 2011.

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  • Windows 7: 300 Million Licenses Sold

    Posted by sumeethevans on February 1 2011, 1:53 PM. Posted in Windows "7", Windows 7.

    As part of our Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2011 earnings release, we announced that Windows 7 has sold over 300 million licenses to-date.

    To put that in perspective, 300 million is roughly the combined number of households in North American and in Europe! Or, to put it another way, if you lined up 300 million Windows 7 product boxes, they would stretch nearly 1.5 times around the Earth!

    As of today, over 20% of Internet-connected PCs worldwide are running Windows 7 according to Net Applications.

    We continue to see fantastic momentum and excitement for Windows 7. CES earlier this month was also very exciting for us where we also talked a bit about Windows 7 momentum and showcased a lot of work our partners are doing. You can see all our CES 2011 blog content here which includes the amazing videos from Ben with partners. We also continue to see strong momentum with business customers with nearly 90% of enterprise businesses already making the move to Windows 7.

    Source: Windows Team Blog

  • Introducing Flickr for Windows 7 and Windows Phone 7!

    Posted by sumeethevans on January 6 2011, 9:55 PM. Posted in Windows 7, Windows Phone 7 Series.

    Today, we’re pleased to announce that a new Flickr application will soon join our mobile family. Introducing Flickr for Windows 7 and Flickr for Windows Phone 7!

    This application brings the best of Flickr to your Windows 7 mobile devices. You can view your Flickr photos in stunning high-resolution display, browse through photostreams, sets and more with rich navigational features, share directly via email, Twitter, Facebook and upload directly from your device. You can also seamlessly transition from your Windows Phone 7 to Windows 7 tablet and back again without ever losing your place.

    The Flickr application will be available to the general public on January 31st

    Visit for more information!

  • Celebrating Windows 7 at 1 Year – More than 240 Million Licenses Sold

    Posted by sumeethevans on October 22 2010, 9:06 PM. Posted in Windows 7.

    Today’s an exciting day! We are announcing that more than 240 million licenses of Windows 7 have been sold. Windows 7 is the fastest selling operating system in history. As of September, Windows 7 was running on 93% of new consumer PCs and has over 17% global OS market share (according to Net Applications as of October 1st). There is an amazing array of great PCs out on the market today. Six months after launch, 100% (over 18,000) of our OEM partners were selling Windows 7 PCs versus 70% for Windows Vista PCs at a comparable time period. And there is an incredible ecosystem of products – software and hardware – that work great with Windows 7 too. You can check out and discover many of those products at Windows Product Scout which was announced yesterday.

    Over the last year, we saw that customer satisfaction for Microsoft had outpaced Apple in February and in May the American Customer Satisfaction Index report showed a jump in customer satisfaction for Microsoft in 2010 over the previous year. Both of these attribute Windows 7 as the key factor for improved customer satisfaction for Microsoft. Customers are very happy with Windows 7.

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  • Windows 7 Family Pack Makes a Comeback

    Posted by sumeethevans on October 5 2010, 3:08 AM. Posted in Windows 7.

    Starting today, customers in the United States can purchase the Windows 7 Family Pack at participating retailers and online at the Microsoft Store. This is your chance to get up to three PCs running Windows 7 Home Premium for the low price of $149.99 ERP. But act fast—Family Pack is only available while supplies last.

    For those of you living outside of the U.S., Family Pack will be available for purchase on or after Oct. 22. A list of participating countries can be found at the bottom of this post.

    According to IDC’s Consumerscape 360 data, the average U.S. household has two PCs and, for most of these households, setting up a home network is not the easiest task. To meet the needs of these families, Windows 7 was designed with home networking in mind. Windows 7 Home Premium comes with HomeGroup, a new feature that makes sharing photos, music and files between all the PCs in your home network a snap. It’s especially handy if all of your PCs share a printer.

    Upgrading to Windows 7 from Windows XP also lets you take advantage to one of all the benefits of the new Windows Live Essentials 2011. Windows Live Essentials is a free suite of software designed to complete your Windows 7 experience by giving you tools to help connect and share with the people you care about most and includes Windows Live Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Messenger, Mail, Family Safety and Writer.

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  • Windows 7's 'halo' effect boosts PC makers' customer satisfaction scores

    Posted by sumeethevans on September 23 2010, 10:39 PM. Posted in Windows 7.

    Most PC makers gained ground in the latest edition of a major customer satisfaction survey because they like Windows 7 a lot more than they did its predecessor, the much-maligned Vista.

    "Computer manufacturers have to live with the vicissitudes of the software that Microsoft makes," said David VanAmburg, managing director of the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), a survey founded by the University of Michigan.

    "But they're benefiting now that customers are perceiving the quality of the machine to be better because the machines are easier to use," said VanAmburg, who credited Windows 7 for boosting scores.

    "The overall effect of Windows 7 has been positive, just as the overall effect of Vista was negative in 2007," VanAmburg said.

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