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A Year in Review – 12 Microsoft Milestones (via Microsoft TechNet)

via Microsoft TechNet

The end of 2012 is quickly approaching and with it the traditional retrospective of the year.  Well it’s been a fantastic year for us at Microsoft.  With product launches like Office 2013, SQL 2012, Surface, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows Phone 8 and Halo 4 among others.  (See the whole listing here). In 2012, we continued our tradition of giving back with our annual fall Employee Giving Campaign by reaching a , major milestone: US$1 billion in employee cash gifts since 1983, benefiting about 31,000 non-profits and community organizations around the world.

The end of the year also brings the holiday season, a time of year that reminds us that good will and peace are universal blessings, whether you’re celebrating Ashura, Bodhi Day, Hanukkah, Christmas or other significant holiday.

So with that in mind, I would like to join my voice to the ones of my teammates, to wish you and your families a peaceful and joyful holiday season and a prosperous new year.

Speaking of prosperoushttp://blogs.technet.com/b/canitpro/archive/2012/12/20/windows-server-2012-it-camp-lab-3-thin-vs-fixed-provisioning-that-is-the-storage-management-question.aspxs. We all know that in IT we can only be prosperous by learning new ways of bringing more value to our enterprise. If you find yourself between parties looking for something to do, do yourself a favor and give yourself the gift of learning.  We’ve put a list of learning opportunitiesthat can be leveraged, and a series of posts on setting up a home lab to be able to test\evaluate\learn Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 products.

You can find these posts as follows:

Windows Server 2012 home lab preparation

Windows Server 2012 IT Camp – Lab #1

Windows Server 2012 IT Camp – Lab #2

Windows Server 2012 IT Camp – Lab #3 - Thin vs. Fixed provisioning… That is the storage management question.

Again let us extend our best wishes to you and your families for this festive season and we are looking forward to our continued connection with you in the New Year.

Cheers!

Pierre Roman, MCITP, ITIL | IT Pro Advisor
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