Windows 8 as Lean and as Fast as Possible

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 March 2010 11:46 Written by Mire_B Wednesday, 31 March 2010 11:46

This is something of a challenge for Microsoft, to top Windows 7 performance with Windows 8. Windows 7 did break Microsoft’s tradition of keeping up the pace with Moore’s Law in terms of Windows releases. Could it happen again with Windows 8?

Software Development Engineer in Test 2 – Windows

Job Category:  Software Engineering: Test
Location: United States, WA, Redmond
Job ID: 710322 11677
Division: Windows Division
Real. Software. Performance.

Are you passionate about performance of software – especially about the performance of Windows? Do you want to be a key part of helping Windows be as lean and fast as possible?

The Windows Performance team drives improvements in efficiency, scalability and responsiveness for a wide range of client and server scenarios, & for hardware ranging from mini laptops to datacenter class servers, as a key part of the Windows fundamental quality effort. Engineers in the Windows Performance team focus on critical paths and OS components in both user and kernel mode, to hold the line and improve the quality of the performance of the OS during the development process. If you enjoy coming up with original, inventive solutions to hard problems (‘why does my computer performance degrade over time?’), feel strongly about code quality, and want to make a real and tangible impact on the most widely used operating system in the world, please come talk to us.

What does it take to detect, understand, and fix real performance problems in the next generation Windows operating system?

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Windows 7 SP1 & Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 – The Talk Starts Now

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 March 2010 10:01 Written by Mire_B Thursday, 18 March 2010 10:01

Microsoft is opening up a little bit on Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. The first details are already available.

From Microsoft:

Today during our online Desktop Virtualization Hour event, we’ll be talking a little bit about Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

For Windows Server 2008 R2, SP1 will be introducing two new desktop virtualization features: Microsoft RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory. These features are designed to meet the increasing needs of our customers as they utilize virtualization in their environments with Windows Server 2008 R2. You can read more about RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory on the Windows Server Division WebLog.

For Windows 7, SP1 includes only minor updates, among which are previous updates that are already delivered through Windows Update. SP1 for Windows 7 will, however, deliver an updated Remote Desktop client that takes advantage of RemoteFX introduced in the server-side with SP1 for Windows Server 2008 R2.

Windows 7 is ready for commercial deployments now and many industry experts have recommended that customers do not wait for SP1. Many organizations are already in the process of deploying and are receiving benefits from their Windows 7 deployment. You can read some of those customer stories, as well as Forrester’s view of the benefits of Windows 7, with the following case studies:

The Springboard Series on TechNet offers the best guidance for migrating from Windows XP as well as deploying and managing Windows 7. Some key resources to check out are:

So don’t wait – go ahead and deploy… you know you want to! ;-)

We’re not yet announcing a beta or release timeline for SP1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 today. Once SP1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 is released, the service pack will be delivered through Windows Update and be available on Microsoft Download Center for download as well.

I’ll be posting more on SP1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 once we get close to a release milestone. And remember, our Desktop Virtualization Hour online event starts at 9am PST today. Tune in if you want to hear more about desktop virtualization!

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Windows 8 Hyper-V Evolutions Will Touch Storage Clusters, SCVMM and VDI

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 March 2010 01:18 Written by Mire_B Wednesday, 17 March 2010 01:03

The Windows Server hypervisor may very well be one of the features confirmed by default for the next generation of the OS. Hyper-V is slated for a consistent evolution, some minor details of which have already been unveiled. But sure enough, there’s still along way to go before even a test preview of Windows 8 Hyper-V.

Test Lead, Senior – Windows

Job Category:  Software Engineering: Test
Location: United States, WA, Redmond
Job ID: 713906 14202
Product: Windows
Division: Windows Division

How far will you take virtualization? Microsoft six pillar virtualization strategy is centered around our premier server virtualization platform, Hyper-V. Hyper-V is an enterprise virtualization solution that scales from small to medium to enterprise customers. Available as a role of Windows Server or as a free standalone product. Hyper-V’s reach is unlimited and a key component of Microsoft’s short and long term stagey. Enabling customers to run hundreds of virtual machines on a single server, migrate running virtual machines from one server to another with no disruption in service all the while reducing power, space, management costs. Here is a great career opportunity for you to be part of this team.

We have unparalleled opportunities for outstanding contributors who want the career opportunity of a lifetime. In this position, you will have the opportunity to make an impact across the Windows org and potential impact across Microsoft. Do you have what it takes to drive Hyper-V technologies across Windows teams to enable test/dev scenario? This team is also responsible for evolving and driving Hyper-v scenarios across internal and external partners teams. You will get an opportunity to work on various broader technologies like Storage Clusters, SCVMM and VDI. You will also be working with Dev/Test/PM to define Hyper-V End-to-end scenarios for next version of windows.

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