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Windows 8 RTM has finally hit MSDN and TechNet so you can download it now!

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You can login now to TechNet and MSDN and download Windows 8.

One thing to note is that my TechNet downloads still only show the Preview build, so it might be a localisation thing.

MSDN on the other hand shows the RTM downloads:

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Don’t forget if you want to use Media Center then you will need the Pro version. This is actually the Standard version download but you use a Pro version key to unlock it.

Have you downloaded Windows 8 yet? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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Earlier today we told you about the 3 versions of Windows 8, now we can tell you that Windows Server 8 will be called Windows Server 2012.

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Microsoft really seem to want to confuse people with their naming convention!

You have Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro. Ok, that makes sense. Then you have Windows RT for ARM – er, ok, if you say so. And now Windows Server 2012 for the range, which ok matches up with the current naming conventions but you would have thought Microsoft would try to have some consistency across the “8” range, wouldn’t you?

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Along with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, you can also download the Windows Server 8 beta.

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Windows Server “8″ is the broadest, most scalable and elastic platform for web and applications. Its consistent, open set of tools and frameworks give developers the flexibility to build and deploy applications on-premises, in the cloud, and in a hybrid environment. Windows Server “8″ will empower you to deliver:

  • Flexibility to build on-premises and in the cloud: Developers can use the same languages and tools to build on-premises and cloud applications, allowing them to build applications that use distributed and temporally decoupled components.
  • An open web platform: Windows Server “8″, combined with Internet Information Services (IIS), offers a solid platform for both open-source web stacks and ASP.NET, opening up a wide range of choices for application development.
  • A scalable and elastic web platform: Hosting providers can use new features in Windows Server “8″ to increase density, simplify management, and achieve higher scalability in a shared web-hosting environment.

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If you fancy yourself a Windows Phone 7 developer then you might want to take a look at the Windows Phone 7.5 Training Kit from Microsoft – and it’s free!

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Two sets of hands on labs for Windows Phone 7.5 application development. These are packages that support a full offline installation of the labs that are available live online.

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Would you like to evaluate Windows Home Server 2011? If the answer is yes then Microsoft are offering an online experience. There won’t be a download for WHS 2011 so this is your only evaluation option if you don’t have MSDN or TechNet.

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Yes, you read that correctly. Unlike Windows Home Server V1, there will NOT be a downloadable evaluation copy of Windows Home Server 2011. Microsoft say this is because of licensing issues with some of the codecs. My guess is that it is also probably to try and cut down on the amount of piracy!

Anyway, the online evaluation is available and you should check it out.

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Have you tried Windows Home Server 2011 yet? What do you think?

Here is what Microsoft said on their blog:

Today I am pleased to say the online evaluation experience for WHS 2011 is now ready. This provides customers the ability to walk through both client and server interaction freely, or follow a suggested demonstration path with the evaluation manual which will also launch with the online experience. Available 24 hours per day, it provides a super simple way to experience WHS without the need for hardware,

Try it out for yourself on our temporary launching site at http://online.holsystems.com/portals/sbs/whs/. Over the next few weeks we will be updating the WHS ms.com website in line with many of our partner GA’s activities and have a full introduction portal to the online experience.

Let me preempt one immediate question I am sure will be asked – When can I download an evaluation version so I can test at home on my own hardware? The answer to this is that we are not currently planning to release a downloadable evaluation version. Some of the embedded third-party codecs we use within WHS 2011 do not allow us to provide a trial version due to licensing agreements. As a result we can only offer an online experience. We are still working with many of our OEM’s on additional evaluation experiences and may have more information in the future on other ways to trial WHS 2011.

Hot on the heels of Windows Home Server 2011 being able to download for subscribers of TechNet and MSDN, Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials (code name Aurora) is also available.

There are two downloads:

The Server Install disc which is 4070 MB

The Client Restore disc which is 467 MB

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Those of you who don’t have access to either TechNet or MSDN can download a fully functional evaluation copy.

The evaluation copy will be valid for up to 180 days, and you fully activate it to a full version with a product key anytime within the evaluation period.

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And don’t forget to pre-order our Working with Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials book from Microsoft Press.

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Today saw Microsoft release Office 2011 for the Mac, finally bringing Outlook to Mac users, amongst other features – we mentioned it was coming last month.

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If you have a TechNet or MSDN subscription then Office 2011 for Mac is supposed to be appeared before the end of the month – so anytime in the next few days then!

In the mean time you can check out the Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac website.

Here is what Microsoft said today:

REDMOND, Wash. – Oct. 26, 2010 – Roughly eight miles separate Microsoft’s Silicon Valley Campus from Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., but some might assume the gap is greater. PC is PC, Mac is Mac, and never the twain shall meet, right?

Eric Wilfrid doesn’t buy it.

Wilfrid, general manager of Microsoft’s Office for Mac team, regularly makes that eight-mile drive. It’s not far, and he doesn’t think the metaphorical distance is, either. For 13 years, Wilfrid has helped put Microsoft Office, the world’s most popular productivity software, onto the Mac platform. And while conflict might create a good storyline, in the middle of all that noise are customers.

“As someone who works at Microsoft and deals with Apple often, I acknowledge that our companies compete,” Wilfrid says. “Some people choose Windows, and some people choose Mac. That conflict tends to get a lot of attention, but I deal in the reality that there are customers who love their Macs and also love using Office.”

A lot of customers, in fact. According to Wilfrid, three-quarters of all Mac users have Office installed on their machines. “That’s the vast majority of Mac customers counting on Microsoft for a critical piece of their computing needs,” he says. “Mac users need Office because it helps them work with the Windows world.”

Wilfrid is proud of that statistic, which he says highlights the importance of the relationship between the two companies. Today the relationship takes another step forward as Microsoft releases Office for Mac 2011, the company’s productivity software suite tailored for the Mac operating system. Mac users can now install the latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and, for the first time, Outlook. Office 2011 is available in 13 languages around the world, and by November the suite will be available in more than 45 countries.

With the release, the company offers Mac customers many of the cloud-based benefits that Windows customers saw with the recently released Office 2010, Wilfrid says.

“Office isn’t just about what runs on a desktop machine or laptop,” he says. “Office is an experience that shows up across your computer, on the Web browser, and on your mobile device.”

So the new release for Mac is focused on delivering anywhere access, better collaboration, and professional design tools to make it more attractive than previous versions, Wilfrid says. First and foremost, Outlook is now included in Office 2011 for Mac. The new Outlook was built from the ground up and works with both on-premises Exchange and the just-announced Office 365, the new cloud service from Office.

Office 2011 has new built-in integration with Windows Live SkyDrive as well as connections to SharePoint so users can manage files and work from any location, Wilfrid says. With Office Web Apps, Mac consumers can edit Office documents straight from their browser.

The release’s new co-authoring tools let users edit the same Word document or PowerPoint presentation simultaneously with other people in different locations who are using Office 2011 for Mac or Office 2010 for Windows. They can also quickly share presentations with anyone who has browser access through PowerPoint broadcasting.

Finally, the team continued its investment in file format compatibility so users can create the same professional-looking Office documents on a Mac as PC users can with Office for Windows. “That’s been our focus since the first time we made Office for Mac,” Wilfrid says “If you print a Word document out for Mac and another for Windows and hold them up to the light – IT pros do it all the time – they will come out the same.”

In a sense, the release of Office 2011 for Mac isn’t really news, Wilfrid says. Microsoft has made Mac-compatible versions of Word and Excel for 26 years, ever since there was a Mac. And since 1997, Microsoft has had a dedicated team focused on building Office for Mac. The team’s work is a critical part of the company’s long-term commitment to deliver Microsoft software and services across platforms that help people work smarter, faster, and better with greater choice and flexibility, Wilfrid says.

Wilfrid has been a part of the Office for Mac team since day one. He started at Microsoft fresh out of college, when he worked as a developer for PowerPoint. In 1997, he went from being responsible for a small handful of dialogues on the Windows version of Office to owning the user interface on PowerPoint for Mac when the new group formed. He worked on the Silicon Valley Campus until two years ago, when he moved to Redmond to oversee the Office for Mac team, which now has groups in Washington, California, and Beijing.

Over the years, Office for Mac has evolved with Office and the Apple platform. But the focus hasn’t changed. “From day one, we focused on making the user experience be both Mac-like and recognizably Office,” Wilfrid says. “Over many, many years, we’ve figured out different ways to make sure that the end product is something that we as Office and Mac users would want to sit down in front of every day and depend on to do our work.”

Because, of course, that’s exactly what the Office for Mac team does every day. Wilfrid carries a MacBook around the Microsoft campus not because he loves the platform or because Apple wants him to but because he and his team are committed to delivering a quality experience to the Microsoft customers who own Macs.

“The one thing that’s held constant over all that time is that customers need Office, and many of those customers have Macs,” he says. “The Mac versus PC was kind of good entertainment, but it never changed our team’s focus or influenced the way we did our jobs.”

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Microsoft announced today that Office for Mac 2011 will be able at the end of October 2010.

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We mentioned Office for Mac 2011 back in July.

Now Microsoft have said that it will be available on the 26th October, so not much longer to wait for those of you who want it.

If you buy Office 2008 for Mac today, you can get an upgrade for free, and even better, if you are a TechNet or MSDN subscriber, Microsoft have stated that it will be there by the end of October.

Personally I’m looking forward to seeing what they have done with Outlook!

You can also watch this new video about the features of Office for Mac 2011:

Let us know your thoughts….

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Last week Tim posted that Office 2010 had RTM’d. Today you can download the RTM if you are a TechNet or MSDN subscriber.

Only a week ago Tim posted this: http://connecteddigitalworld.com/2010/04/16/microsoft-office-2010-rtm-today/

Now if you are a subscriber to either MSDN or TechNet you can download both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Office 2010, the full blown RTM version.

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RTM, in case you were wondering, stands for Released to Manufacturing, so this is the version you will buy in the shops or in the Microsoft Store.

Normally you get 10 keys/activations with your subscription, but until the 30th April, you only get 1. But you can quite happily use Office 2010 without activating it until after that date, so go on, get it now.

And if you want a good book on PowerPoint 2010, why not pre-order mine Smile

Following last weeks post about Windows Home Server being available on both TechNet and MSDN and then the subsequent disappearance of it because Microsoft were testing, I can now announce that Windows Home Server is available on both TechNet and MSDN and will be staying there – HONEST! :-)

This is great news and has been a very long time coming. I’m not going to get into all the details as to why it has taken so long, but what I will say is that the guys in the Windows Home Server team have been working very hard for a very long time to make this happen. Well done guys!

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