Windows 7 Links – Week of April 20, 2009

Windows 7 could change our perception of PCs from CNet News.com

Can Windows 7 be the savior that manufacturers like Dell and HP have been waiting for? Don Reisinger thinks so.

Windows 7 security enhancements from CNet News.com

As RSA 2009 kicks off, Microsoft begins education campaign about new security features of Windows 7.

Public release of Windows 7 Release Candidate set for May 5 from Paul’s SuperSite blog

Microsoft:

We are pleased to announce that Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) is available. Windows 7 RC is the prerelease version of Windows 7. Since this is not the final release, your PC will gather and send information to Microsoft engineers to help them check the fixes and changes made based on testing of Windows 7 Beta.

Test-drive Windows 7 RC today to see for yourself—and to show your colleagues and customers—how Windows 7 delivers improved management, security, reliability, and performance.

It’s (semi) official: Guest Mode has been removed from Windows 7 from Paul’s SuperSite blog

I’ve documented a new Windows 7 feature called Guest Mode (originally it was called PC Safeguard) but my most trusted source close to Microsoft tells me now that this feature, sadly, has been permanently removed from Windows 7 and will not appear in the RC or RTM versions of the OS. (It had been missing in action from the previous several interim builds we’ve seen.)

Microsoft Releases More "Learning Snacks" Windows 7 Training for IT Professionals from The Road to Know Where

6 NEW LEARNING SNACKS:

Windows 7: A New Approach to Securing Today’s Enterprise from The Windows Blog by Gavriella Schuster

RSA is here again, and presents a great opportunity to discuss the security in Windows 7: specifically how certain features in the OS address key security-related enterprise scenarios. In today’s economic times, businesses and their shareholders need to know that when they make an investment in a product, they are doing so responsibly and securely, and the investment is sound. Windows 7 is this sound investment: it includes features that allow workers to work anywhere, while leaving IT Pros confident that business-related data and content are secure.

Windows 7 Security: Helping Enable the Mobile Workforce from The Windows Blog by Paul Cooke

Along with 17,000+ other security- minded professionals, I’m at RSA in San Francisco this week. For those who are not familiar with the RSA Conference, it’s the premier information security conference of the year. It attracts the best and brightest security folks from around the world. In addition, it is a great place to keep up with what’s going on in the information security marketplace. I’m at RSA to not only see what’s going on in the industry, but to also talk about some of the cool new security features in Windows 7.

End to End Trust and Windows 7 from The Windows Blog by Paul Cooke

I attended Scott Charney’s keynote this morning at RSA – Moving Towards End to End Trust: A Collaborative Effort. I would assume that many of the readers of this blog are not familiar with the End to End Trust story. In a nutshell, End to End trust is Microsoft’s vision for creating a safer, more trusted Internet. It’s a great vision, but it’s also a big job that requires a commitment and focus on the fundamentals—fundamentals that will help deliver the most secure and privacy-enhanced versions of software and services that we have ever delivered. We’re also not going it alone. End to End Trust requires broad collaboration within the industry and Microsoft will continue to share our best practices with the IT communities of our customers.

Steve Riley on Windows 7 Security from The Windows Blog by Paul Cooke

While walking the show floor here at RSA, I ran into Steve Riley, who’s an incredibly passionate and knowledgeable Security Evangelist (or officially “Senior Technical Evangelist”) in Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing organization. He’s a well respected and sought out speaker on security topics. So I thought it would be great to get Steve’s take on his favorite two security features in Windows 7. Take a look at what Steve has to say about Windows 7 security!

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Steve Mullen has been involved in information technology for over 35 years. He is also actively involved in the music program (voice and English hand bells) and Vestry of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Damascus, MD.

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