Technology Adoption Programs (under the hood) – 1

What is TAP?   The Technology Adoption Program (TAP) at Microsoft® is designed to provide a consistent experience for customers partnering with Microsoft in obtaining real world customer feedback on Microsoft pre-release products. Participating customers find that some of the most powerful benefits include: §          Product team engineering §          help in deploying their Microsoft solutions….


Deploying Pre-release Products Internally at Microsoft

 One of the fun aspects of my job is the opportunity to manage the team that partners with MSIT (Microsoft’s IT department) to deploy Microsoft products internally prior to release. I say fun because of the fast-paced challenge pre-release deployment presents. Several weeks prior to releasing a milestone build, whether a Beta (feature complete milestone),…


Releasing Operating Systems

I’ve been working at Microsoft for upwards of seven years now, and I never quite get over the awe I feel when we get close to releasing a milestone build. It’s amazing to see how teams of engineers come together totally focused on resolving issues quickly to get to a stable build for our customers. The…


64-bit Domain Controllers in MSIT

Two years ago, we decided that it was time to start doing some serious deployments of 64-bit hardware in Microsoft’s internal IT organization — MSIT. We looked around for a scenario that would justify the cost of the 64-bit hardware. When we decide to deploy technology in MSIT, even though the software is Microsoft engineered, we require…


Introducing the Windows Technology Adoption Team

The Windows Technology Adoption Program (TAP) team exists to drive greater and higher quality customer, ISV, and OEM input into the product development process for Windows. Our goal is to understand the entire customer eco-system where the operating system runs and then drive success for each customer set by providing early builds and giving customers…


New website in the works – tools for SMB IT Pros

I’ve been throwing around some ideas within my team on how to reach our SMB (Small and Medium Business) IT Pros in the same way that sites like reach our developer community.   More specifically, what types of tools can I provide from the windows team that IT Pros can really use and build on? …



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