Evaluate latest Microsoft products and technologies at TechNet Virtual Labs

Looking to try out Windows 7 before buying it? Or maybe you want to check out the latest Microsoft products and technologies. All you need to do is head over to TechNet Virtual Labs.

TechNet Virtual Labs allows you to quickly try out and test Microsoft’s newest products and technologies through a series of guided, hands-on labs that you can complete in 90 minutes or less. There is no complex setup or installation required, and you can use TechNet Virtual Labs online immediately, free.

It is really simple. Visit TechNet Virtual Labs and select the product you wish to evaluate. Lets say you want to try out Windows 7. You will be presented with a list of Windows 7 features like AppLocker, BranchCache, BitLocker, Troubleshooting Packs, UAC, etc. Again, select the one you want to try.

The website will perform a system check and present you with the results and steps to be taken, if any.

Once all is done, you will see a message Building Lab.

You will next see a windows with a button Start Your Lab. Once you click on this, the lab console will launch and will commence in the left pane of the console windows.

You will now be able to try out Windows 7 for yourself, here.

You can also get a downloadable manual and a 90-minute block of time for each module. You can sign up for additional 90-minute blocks any time.

At TechNet Virtual Labs, you can try out any of the following Microsoft products and technologies:

  1. Windows 7
  2. Windows Vista
  3. Windows Internet Explorer
  4. Microsoft Office
  5. Microsoft Lync Server
  6. SharePoint Products and Technologies
  7. Forefront Security
  8. System Center
  9. Exchange Server
  10. Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003
  11. SQL Server 2005
  12. SQL Server 2008
  13. Internet Information Services (IIS)
  14. Windows Server 2003
  15. Windows Essential Business Server 2008
  16. Windows Small Business Server
  17. Windows Server 2008
  18. Virtual Labs Express
  19. Identity and Access (IDA)
  20. Security

Let us know how it goes for you, if you do decide to evaluate something.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.