Windows 7, Server 2008 r2 and Exchange 2010 Launch events

Across the US, there are 25 Windows Launch Events available to you! They are going from Sept. 24th to Nov. 4th. Attendees get a FREE COPY of Windows 7! Find a city near you!


New Zune HD

REDMOND, Wash. – Aug. 13, 2009 – Zune HD, the next generation of Microsoft Corp.’s portable digital media player, is available now for pre-order and is set to hit store shelves on Sept. 15. The player, available in 16GB and 32GB capacities, is the first touch-screen Zune and includes powerful playback technology to give you a different way to experience media on the go. Combined with unparalleled PC software and online services such as Zune Pass, Zune provides a rich and meaningful connection to music, videos, podcasts and more.

Pre-order Zune HD in 16GB Black and 32GB Platinum through from, Best Buy,Walmart and Microsoft. Beginning September 15, at, both 16GB and 32GB capacities of Zune HD will be available in five different colors with the option to customize your player with one of 10 new engravings designed by guest artists.

WHAT: With a sleek and stylish design, Zune HD is the first to combine these features:

• Built-in HD Radio™ receiver. Allows you to listen to higher-quality sound than is available from traditional radio channels, as well as access additional programming through HD2 and HD3 multicast channels from many of your favorite local FM radio stations at no extra cost.

• HD video output capabilities. Supports HD video playback from the device through a premium HDMI A/V docking station (sold separately) directly to an HD TV in 720p, making it easy to enjoy better-than-DVD-quality video on your own big screen at home.

• OLED touch screen. Allows you to easily flip through music, movies and other content. The 3.3-inch glass screen and 16:9 widescreen format display (480×272 resolution) offer a premium viewing experience.

• Built-in Wi-Fi. Allows for browsing, streaming or downloading new music from Zune Marketplace.

• Internet browser. Full-screen Web browsing, optimized for the multi-touch screen with zoom-in and zoom-out gestures.

• Accessories, at home and on the road. Zune HD and AV Dock charges and syncs players while playing supported 720p HD videos on HDTVs. Play HD Radio, music and podcasts from your Zune HD device through your car stereo using the Zune Premium Car Pack.

WHY: Pre-order now to be one of the first to experience the new Zune HD’s advanced design,innovative technology and rich multimedia capabilities powered by the NVIDIA Tegra™ chip ultra low-power HD processor.

PRICING: Zune HD 16GB: $219.99 (estimated retail price); Zune HD 32GB: $289.99 (estimated retail price)

WHEN: Pre-order starting Thursday, Aug. 13. Purchase in stores on Tuesday, Sept. 15.


WHERE IN STORE: Place a pre-order in person at Best Buy beginning August 16. If you want to sneak a peek, visit select stores in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Miami, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C., areas on August 22 and 23.

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Vote for 2009’s Exceptional DBA Awards winner

The Exceptional DBA Awards judges have selected five finalists out of many outstanding nominations. Now it’s your turn to help us find the Exceptional DBA of 2009. Meet the finalists and vote for the winner between August 10 and August 17, 11:00 hours (GMT).


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Windows Virtual XP mode NOW RC

Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC

Download Windows Virtual PC RC and Windows XP Mode RC

Windows Virtual PC provides the capability to run multiple Windows environments such as Windows XP Mode from your Windows 7 desktop. To download Windows Virtual PC and the Windows XP Mode environment, please follow the steps below. For information on how to set up Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode, check out Running Windows Virtual PC with Windows XP Mode in the Documentation section.


CompTIA’s new ONLINE Portal

The CompTIA Channel Community (C3) is intended to be the world’s premier channel-neutral online community.
“C3 will aggregate the best thinking on business solutions, trends, and discussion forums with rich, deep and exclusive content, webinars, whitepapers and business intelligence,” Thibodeaux said. “We’re making this an open platform and we invite other existing forums to become part of C3.”
The CompTIA IT Pro Community will provide a place for those who want to enter or advance an IT career to solicit expert advice, network with peers and find critical tools and resources. One of these resources is the CompTIA Career Center, which will match certified job seekers with employers trying to fill IT jobs.

This service will be launched soon.


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New CompTIA Strata Fundamentals

Las Vegas  – 8-4/2009 at the State of the Industry – CEO and president Todd Thibodeaux announced a new CompTIA program. Strata will become a new 1st step for those interested in become involved in the computer industry.

CompTIA Strata Fundamentals Exams

CompTIA is proud to introduce the CompTIA Strata Fundamentals exam series. CompTIA Strata exams are vendor-neutral and cover basic IT terminology and technology. The series was developed to help professionals and students work efficiently in their current roles, or obtain the skills to pursue an IT career.

Candidates for CompTIA Strata exams include:

  • Students beginning an IT education program
  • Individuals preparing for a CompTIA A+ certification
  • Professionals or home users who wish to further their IT knowledge

For individuals, completing a CompTIA Strata Fundamentals exam means proof of basic technology skills, and is designed as a stepping stone to a CompTIA A+ certification. For businesses, CompTIA Strata Fundamentals exams can help cut down on IT costs by ensuring that employees have a baseline understanding of hardware components and operating system technologies.

CompTIA Strata exams are not certifications, but a confirmation of an individual’s understanding of technology basics.

The 1st of the courses will be offered in the UK then in the United States


Fundamentals of PC Functionality

(UK only) CompTIA Strata Fundamentals of PC Functionality measures a candidate’s knowledge of basic ICT vocabulary and PC components. The exam covers the basics of setting up a PC workstation, installing software and recognizing / preventing security threats.

This exam is only available in the United Kingdom. It fulfills ITQ Level 1 when completed with the CompTIA Strata Fundamentals of Technology exam and is recognized by the sector skills council, e-skills


Fundamentals of Technology

(UK only) CompTIA Strata Fundamentals of Technology measures a candidate’s ability to explain the characteristics of PC hardware and peripherals, as well as identify basic compatibility issues and operational problems. The exam also covers safety guidelines and preventative maintenance of computers.

This exam is only available in the United Kingdom. It fulfills ITQ Level 1 when completed with the CompTIA Strata Fundamentals of PC Functionality exam and is recognized by the sector skills council, e-skills.

Fundamentals of IT Technology

(US only – coming in October) The IT Technology exam covers technology basics, including the characteristics and functions of laptops, desktops and smart phones. Individuals must be able to understand the functions of internal and external storage devices, such as CDs, DVDs, USBs and hard drives. The exam also covers Green IT, and individuals will have to know how to use and dispose of equipment in an environmentally-friendly way.

Fundamentals of IT Technology Sales

(US only – coming in October) The IT Technology Sales exam is designed for individuals who sell or recommend IT products. The exam covers the technical knowledge needed to communicate with both technical staff and customers on IT issues and work toward an appropriate solution. Exam topics include IT terminology and technology, equipment upgrades and compatibility issues.


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