Get Your Windows 8.1 Update Info Here!

Lots of great info coming out of The Build conference earlier this month.

You can find out more about the update here:

http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/windowsexperience/archive/2014/04/02/windows-8-1-update-important-refinements-to-the-windows-experience.aspx

Also some tips and tricks here:

http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/windowsexperience/archive/2014/04/10/some-tips-and-tricks-for-using-the-windows-8-1-update.aspx

-Carl

Overcoming Microsoft Account (MSA) Creation Limits of 3 per day

By default, the Microsoft account (MSA) creation process only allows three new accounts to be created from a single IP address in a day to improve security for users. Because organizations or events often use proxy servers or NAT technology, requests from multiple computers are received from a single IP address, so the error occurs when the fourth person attempts to create an account.

Before customers, partners or field run events or attempt to engage in a Windows 8 deployment it is highly recommended to whitelist the relevant IP addresses (i.e. exclude from the blocking rule) so that users do not run into issues creating Microsoft accounts. This should be done within 30 days of the final day of an event, but not sooner.

The procedure for MSA IP whitelisting requests is facilitated via eform (https://support.live.com/eform.aspx?productKey=wlidipexc&ct=eformts&scrx=1) submission.

-Carl

The Extreme Classroom Technology Makeover Contest

Acer is offering K-12 schools across the country an opportunity to transform their classrooms with immersive tablet technology that Promotes 21st century learning. The contest winner will be determined by public voting and will receive a classroom set of Acer ICONIA W Series Tablets featuring Windows 8. Approximate retail value is $15,000 (for 30 tablets).

More details here.

-Carl