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  • The Evaluation Center team is proud to announce the launch of the Wave 15 Office client and server preview evaluation experiences for the IT Professional and Developer audience.

    Solution Overview

    Office 365 ProPlus Preview is your new Office delivered fast to all your Windows devices. Office 365 ProPlus Preview includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Access, Publisher, and Lync. You will be able to preview Office 365 ProPlus applications and manage up to 25 users with a preview account.

    SharePoint Server 2013 Preview is designed to bring people together to get work done. Whether you’re using it to manage your enterprise content, make it easy for business end users to share ideas and information, or help developers build innovative new applications, SharePoint Server 2013’s improvements in scale, security, and flexibility have you covered.

    Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 enables you to maintain control, increase user productivity, and keep your organization safe. You can move to the cloud on your terms with flexible migration options. Your users can do more on any device, helping them manage increasing volumes of email and work together more effectively as teams. You can also protect your business communications and sensitive information, while meeting internal and regulatory compliance requirements.

    Microsoft® Lync® 2013 is an enterprise-ready unified communications platform. Lync connects people everywhere, on Windows 8 and other devices, as part of their everyday productivity experience. Lync provides a consistent, single client experience for presence, instant messaging, voice,
    HD video, and conferencing, and eliminates the need to use a VPN for encryption. Lync 2013 supports HD video conferencing and takes advantage of Windows 8 “touch first” capabilities to provide fast, natural, hands-on control of communications.

    Project Server 2013 offers flexible online and on-premise solutions for project portfolio management (PPM) and everyday work, enabling you to effectively execute and achieve strategic priorities.

    Project Professional 2013 helps you easily plan projects and collaborate with others from virtually anywhere. Stay organized and keep your projects on track with the only project management system designed to seamlessly work with other Microsoft applications and cloud services.

    Visio 2013 provides new features designed to help you create diagrams more intuitively—including new and updated shapes and stencils, improved effects and themes, and a coauthoring feature that makes teamwork easier. You can also make your diagrams more dynamic by linking shapes to real-time data and then share them with others through a browser using Visio Services in SharePoint, even if they don’t have Visio installed.

    Useful Links:

    Office Preview Site

    Office Server Preview Site

    Office Next Blog

    Download Evaluation

    • Go to the landing pages to register first, then create a service preview account or download the evaluation:
    • Go to the Evaluation Center Resource Pages to review the technical resources compiled in one convenient location for the TechNet audience. The evaluation resource page will help guide you through installation, configuration, and management tasks. Pages available:
    •  Receive email notification once you complete registration, and when the next release is available.



  • The Solution Accelerators team is pleased to announce the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 7.0 is now available for download.

     Download MAP 7.0 now.

    Get ready for Windows Server 2012 with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 7.0. The latest version of the MAP Toolkit adds several new planning scenarios that help you build for the future with agility and focus while lowering the cost of delivering IT. Download MAP 7.0 and begin planning your server deployments today!

    New Capabilities

    New capabilities allow you to:

    • Understand your readiness to deploy Windows Server 2012 in your environment
    • Determine Windows 8 readiness
    • Investigate how Windows Server and System Center can manage your heterogeneous environment through VMware migration and Linux server virtualization assessments
    • Size your desktop virtualization needs for both Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and session-based virtualization using Remote Desktop Services
    • Ready your information platform for the cloud with the SQL Server 2012 discovery and migration assessment
    • Evaluate your licensing needs with usage tracking for Lync 2010, active users and devices, SQL Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012

    Key Benefits

    Assess Windows Server 2012 readiness

    MAP 7.0 assesses the readiness of your IT infrastructure for a Windows Server 2012 deployment. This feature includes detailed and actionable recommendations indicating the machines that meet Windows Server 2012 system requirements and which may require hardware updates. A comprehensive inventory of servers, operating systems, workloads, devices, and server roles is included to help in your planning efforts.

    Determine Windows 8 desktop readiness

    MAP 7.0 assesses the readiness of your IT environment for your Windows 8 desktop deployment. This feature evaluates your existing hardware against the recommended system requirements for Windows. It provides recommendations detailing which machines meet the requirements and which machines may require hardware upgrades. 

    Key benefits include:

    • Assessment report and summary proposal to help you to understand the scope and benefits of a Windows desktop deployment.
    • Inventory of desktop computers, deployed operating systems, and applications.

    Virtualize your Linux servers on Hyper-V

    MAP 7.0 extends its server virtualization scenario to include Linux operating systems. Now, MAP enables you to gather performance data for Linux-based physical and virtual machines and use that information to perform virtualization and private cloud planning analysis for both Windows and Linux-based machines within both the Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track scenario, as well as the traditional Server Virtualization and Consolidation scenario.

    Key features allow you to:

    • Incorporate non-Windows machines into your virtualization planning.
    • View consolidation guidance and validated configurations with preconfigured Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track infrastructures, including computing power, network, and storage architectures.
    • Get a quick analysis of server consolidation on Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track infrastructures to help accelerate your planning of physical to virtual (P2V) migration to Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track.
    • Review recommended guidance and next steps using Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track.

    More features and benefits.

    Download it!

     Download MAP 7.0 now.