TechNet is “Unleashed”

Live Events for IT Pros

“Unleashed?  How about ‘TechNet Unplugged’?”

Hmm… That might be fun.  But the demos would be pretty lame.  No.. I’m talking about a series of events we’re doing for IT Pros in the Central Region (where I work) called “TechNet Unleashed”.  These are typically held at a local Microsoft office, and are free events.  They run from 3:00PM to 5:00PM.

I’ll be doing several of these around the northern part of the region, and would love to see you there.

“What’s the topics this quarter?”

I’m glad you asked.  This quarter we’re talking Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7, and IE8

“Go figure”

Exactly.  Here’s the run-down of the topics we’re covering:

Windows Server 2008 R2 – Optimize Your Time
Get a jump start on your peers with Windows Server 2008 R2 by joining us for this no nonsense technical session, where we will discuss the critical improvements in the next version of Windows Server. Some have argued that, given the impressive scope of new functionality in Windows Server 2008 R2, it should not be an “R2” release, but rather should be given a completely new name. They point to features such as Direct Access, Branch Caching, Live Migration, Powershell 2.0, and VDI that will help you cut down on the amount of time you spend doing mundane tasks, reduce end user frustration and support headaches, and give your mobile workforce a competitive edge through ubiquitous access to company data. There’s a good chance that by attending this session you’ll find a way to save time and money with Windows Server 2008 R2, and so you’ll get the time you spend with us back many times over.

Windows 7 – Maximize Your Potential
In designing Windows 7, the engineering team had a clear focus on what we call ‘the fundamentals’: performance, application compatibility, device compatibility, reliability, security and battery life.  Early reviews of Windows 7 seem to indicate that the choice to focus on the fundamentals is resonating well with many users and professionals. And, IT professionals will further benefit from the enhancements to manageability and security. You’ll also learn how your investments in testing and evaluating Windows Vista will pay off in the transition to Windows 7. Come see firsthand what all the buzz is about in this demo-intensive session where we explore the UI improvements, performance gains, and manageability enhancements in the next client operating system from Microsoft.

Internet Explorer 8 – Get Excited About the Browser Again
Internet Explorer is currently the most widely used browser in business, and while we’ve seen nice incremental improvements to IE in recent history, we haven’t seen as many truly earth shattering changes. Well, many agree that the next release of IE, Internet Explorer 8, provides the most compelling upgrade to IE in many years. In a typical day, users spend 2 hours or more per day in the browser, so significant improvements here can have tremendous impact on productivity and the way we work. The browser needs to be thought of in the same terms as an operating system—it has to be rich, robust, interoperable, easy to use and secure. Internet Explorer 8 is a browser that meets these needs and more for users, enterprises, IT professionals and developers alike. Come learn how the new improvements, too numerous to mention here, are driving many to get excited about the browser again.

“Where do I sign up?”

I was just about to say that.  Check out for the city schedule and registration links.

“Which cities will you be presenting in?”

You can catch me personally at one of these:

See you there!

UPDATE: I should have put this in originally.  If you’re a developer or architect, we’ve got events for you – same day and same location (just earlier in the day).  Check out and

UPDATE #2: I’ve put the resource page up online.  You can find it HERE.

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