Why it is unlikely that most enterprises are updating to Windows 8.1 Update, the update is now available for volume license customers. Microsoft has released the following: Windows 8.1 with Windows 8.1 Update integrated Windows Server 2012 R2 with Windows Server 2012 R2 Update integrated Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry with Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Update This is the final part of the release cycle that included  the release via MSDN on the 2nd and Windows Update on the 8th. Additional updates can be found through Windows Update and WSUS. A separate issue was found that impacted customers utilizing WSUS configured in the very specific, non-default way.  If affected, the devices will not receive future updates released by Microsoft.  Customers should read  KB2959977 for remediation guidance. Source: Springboard Series Blog ...

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  Microsoft Bing today announced a new feature that will help programmers to search API documentations on MSDN. Read about it below. For programmers looking up API reference information is a critical part of their daily routine. Whether they’re looking for syntax, availability, support versions or guidelines, being able to quickly reference API information is essential to getting the job done. In the example below, you can see that we have surfaced relevant information directly on the results page so people don’t have to click through to MSDN to see if they have the right reference material. At a glance you can see: 1. Find the .Net versions supported. 2. View Code snippets explaining the syntax of this particular class. 3. Navigate to the appropriate version directly from the results page. 4. View syntax in the supported languages. Source: Bing ...

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For those of you with MSDN subscriptions, here are the pertinent links to download Windows 8.1 Enterprise, Pro Volume License, and European “N” editions: Windows 8.1 Enterprise (x86) – DVD (English) http://dlvr.it/3zgQLk Windows 8.1 Enterprise (x86) – DVD (English-United Kingdom) http://dlvr.it/3zgQMH Windows 8.1 Pro VL (x86) – DVD (English) http://dlvr.it/3zgQN3 Windows 8.1 Pro VL (x86) – DVD (English-United Kingdom) http://dlvr.it/3zgQPY Windows 8.1 Pro N VL (x86) – DVD (English-United Kingdom) http://dlvr.it/3zgQRQ Windows 8.1 Pro N VL (x86) – DVD (English) http://dlvr.it/3zgQSJ Windows 8.1 Enterprise N (x64) – DVD (English-United Kingdom) http://dlvr.it/3zgQTM Windows 8.1 Enterprise N (x64) – DVD (English) http://dlvr.it/3zgQTk Windows 8.1 Enterprise N (x86) – DVD (English) http://dlvr.it/3zgQWT Windows 8.1 Enterprise N (x86) – DVD (English-United Kingdom) http://dlvr.it/3zgQZh Windows 8.1 Enterprise (x64) – DVD (English-United Kingdom) http://dlvr.it/3zgQfl Windows 8.1 Enterprise (x64) – DVD (English) http://dlvr.it/3zgQhY Windows 8.1 Pro VL (x64) – DVD (English) http://dlvr.it/3zgQjK Windows 8.1 Pro VL (x64) ...

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A report by Neowin claims Microsoft will RTM Windows 8.1 shortly after August 23rd.  MSDN, TechNet Suscribers, and developers will not get early access to the build, only large OEMs.  Microsoft will release Windows 8.1 to the Windows Store on October 17th and retail box copies will be available starting October 18th.  Windows Server 2012 R2 will also launch the 18th of October. The recently leaked Windows 8.1 build (9471) was an RTM branch build.  It appears Microsoft is making good on its promise to release a new version of Windows every year.  Now if Windows can do a yearly release, why can’t Windows Phone do one even faster…that may be a discussion for another time. Source: Neowin ...

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Today Microsoft launched the new Microsoft Developer Network site. There are two primary use modes for the MSDN web site.  The biggest one is search.  For example Binging“CommentRegex” and your top results will be the MSDN pages for the class reference. The second is catching up on the latest happenings in the community, announcements, etc. The second use has been the focus of the revamp. Microsoft has worked to create an improved experience called the Microsoft Developer Network.  It is a major update to the MSDN home page and gives a more modern place to go as a central landing page to find out everything about developing for Microsoft platforms. Targets in the Microsoft Developer Network: Simple: Microsoft designed the site to help developers get started with Microsoft more easily, and get them to the information that they need.  Finding the right information, often spread between different locations, could be challenging.  The ...

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