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Want to be a More Productive Web Developer? Attend the Free 2-day Microsoft Web Camps!

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WebCampsBannerAd300x250Interested in learning how new innovations in Microsoft’s Web Platform and developer tools like ASP.NET 4 and Visual Studio 2010 can make you a more productive web developer? If you’re currently working with PHP, Ruby, ASP or older versions of ASP.NET and want to hear how you can create amazing websites more easily, then register for a Web Camp near you today!

Microsoft’s Web Camps are free, two-day events that allow you to learn and build on the Microsoft Web Platform. At camp, you will hear from Microsoft experts on the latest components of the platform, including ASP.NET Web Forms, ASP.NET MVC, jQuery, Entity Framework, IIS, Visual Studio 2010 and much more.

Web Camps also provide the opportunity to get hands on with labs and get creative by building in teams. All this with Microsoft experts on hand to guide you through.

Space is limited so register now!

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Written by wesy

April 8, 2010 at 4:20 pm

SharePoint and Office Developer Training Now Available on Channel 9

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clip_image001Today, Channel 9 launched two new training courses for SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010 created by developers for developers.  Channel 9 has always been about giving direct access to the engineers and future technologies from Microsoft, and now we’re extending this successful formula to bring you training that will allow developers to get started on learning about emerging technologies at their own pace.  Today you’ll find extensive instructor recordings from top MVPs on how to develop against both SharePoint and office 2010. We’ll also be publishing more content at the beginning of December that will include hands-on labs, source code, and much more! All of this free for you to consume or download at your own pace.

SharePoint 2010 Developer Training

See how SharePoint 2010 has evolved into a first-class developer platform. Also, learn how SharePoint 2010 provides the business collaboration platform for developers to rapidly build solutions using familiar tools such as Visual Studio 2010 and SharePoint Designer 2010 through this self-paced course.


Office 2010 Developer Training

Discover how Office 2010 Beta is a broadly extensible platform for building information worker productivity solutions and see how developing for Office with Visual Studio 2010 makes this easy. See online presentations with demos that will help you get started developing solutions from Add-ins to full featured Office Business Applications (OBAs) using Visual Studio 2010 with Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 as the core platform.

We hope you enjoy this initial set of training videos and will check back with Channel 9 in the near future as we build the learning center out to support SharePoint and Office 2010 development.

Written by wesy

November 9, 2009 at 12:17 pm

Virtual Event 0900 PDT Oct 26 – 18 Sessions focused on Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Exchange 2010 Streamed Live

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If you can’t attend in person, this is great opportunity to get some quality content. 

Check out the event here:


Windows 7 Track

9:00-9:45am      Taking Your Application to the Next Level with Windows® 7

9:45-9:55am       Break

9:55-10:40am     Beyond Human Interaction with Windows 7 Sensor and Location    

10:40-10:50am   Break

10:50-11:35am   Building the Next Generation User-Interface with
                            Multitouch Ribbon on Windows 7

11:35-1:15pm    Break

1:15-2:00pm      Windows 7 for the Optimized Desktop

2:00-2:10pm      Break

2:10-2:55pm      Windows 7: Make People Productive Anywhere

2:55-3:05pm      Break

3:05-3:50pm      Windows 7: Enhanced Security and Control

3:50-4:00pm      Break

4:00-4:45pm      Windows 7: Deployment Enhancements

Windows Server 2008 R2 Track

9:00-9:45am      What Developers Should Know About Windows Server 2008 R2

9:45-9:55am      Break

9:55-10:40am    Windows Server 2008 R2: Develop with New 
                           Parallel Computing Technologies

10:40-10:50am  Break

10:50-11:35am  Windows Server 2008 R2: Web and Enterprise Solutions

11:35-1:15pm   Break

1:15-2:00pm     What’s in Windows Server 2008 R2 for IT Administrators:
                          A Technical Overview Part 1

2:00-2:10pm    Break

2:10-2:55pm    What’s in Windows Server 2008 R2 for IT Administrators:
                         A Technical Overview Part 2

2:55-3:05pm    Break

3:05-3:50pm    Windows Server 2008 R2: New Server Deployment & Migration

3:50-4:00pm    Break

4:00-4:45pm    Windows Server 2008 R2 Virtualization Technologies–
                         Saving IT Costs

Exchange 2010 Track

1:15-2:00pm    Introducing Microsoft Exchange Server 2010

2:00-2:10pm    Break

2:10-2:55pm    Voice Mail with Unified Messaging in Microsoft Exchange 2010

2:55-3:05pm    Break

3:05-3:50pm    Exchange 2010 High Availability and Storage

3:50-4:00pm    Break

4:00-4:45pm    Exchange 2010 Archiving and Retention

Written by wesy

October 23, 2009 at 1:07 pm

WebsiteSpark – Empowering Businesses that Drive the Web

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We announced the WebsiteSpark Program for professional Web Developers and Designers at no upfront cost!  If you have 10 or fewer employees, learn more and sign up if you qualify! Website Spark is also making news. Here’s a link to a couple of articles in PCWorld and Tech Crunch.

I’ve outlined the program below, but please go to the site for additional details.

What does the program provide?

WebSiteSpark provides software licenses that you can use for three years at no cost.  Once enrolled, you can download and immediately use the following software from Microsoft:

  • 3 licenses of Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition
  • 1 license of Expression Studio 3 (which includes Expression Blend, Sketchflow, and Web)
  • 2 licenses of Expression Web 3
  • 4 processor licenses of Windows Web Server 2008 R2
  • 4 processor licenses of SQL Server 2008 Web Edition
  • DotNetPanel control panel (enabling easy remote/hosted management of your servers)

The Windows Server and SQL Server licenses can be used for both development and production deployment.  You can either self-host the servers on your own, or use the licenses with a hoster.  WebsiteSpark makes it easy to find hosters who are also enrolled in the program, and who can use your licenses to provide you with either dedicated or virtual dedicated servers to host your sites on.

In addition to software, WebsiteSpark provides partner opportunities to grow and build your business (including customer referrals through our partner programs).  It also includes product support (including 2 professional support incidents) and free online training for the products.

Who can join the program?

WebSiteSpark is available to independent web developers and small web development companies.  The only two requirements to join the program are:

  1. Your company builds web sites and web application on behalf of others.
  2. Your company currently has less than 10 employees.

If you meet these requirements you can visit the WebsiteSpark website and sign-up today. 

As part of the enrollment process you can pick either a network referral partner (for example: a hoster or an existing Microsoft partner), or enter a referral code that you have received at an event or from a Microsoft employee.  If you send mail to you can get a referral code quickly.  You can then use that code to enroll in the program on the WebsiteSpark website.  Once enrolled you can immediately download and use the software, as well as begin to participate in the network/partner opportunities.

If you have any problems enrolling, you can also send me mail ( and I can connect you with someone who can help. 

What happens after the 3 years?

WebsiteSpark is a 3 year program.  There is no obligation to continue to use any of the software after the three years is over, and there are no costs for the three years other than a $100 program fee at the end of the three years.

At the end of the three years, WebsiteSpark participants can optionally choose to purchase all of the software in the WebsiteSpark program via a $999/year package.  This includes 3 copies of VS Professional, 1 copy of Expression Studio (including Blend and Sketchflow), 2 copies of Expression Web, and 4 processor licenses of Windows Web Server 2008 and 4 processor licenses of SQL Server Web edition that can be used for production deployment.

Alternatively, if you want to purchase only the production server licenses, you can take advantage of a $199/year offering that includes both 1 Windows Web Server processor license and 1 SQL Server Web edition processor license.  You can buy the quantity you need of this package at $199/year each. 


The WebsiteSpark program joins the other two successful “Spark” programs we’ve previously launched – BizSpark for startups, and DreamSpark for students.

Coming at a time when the current economic climate is still tough, WebsiteSpark will help support developers and companies by providing the business resources, training, and software necessary for companies to get started and grow successful businesses on the Microsoft Web Platform.

Visit to learn more about the Microsoft Web Platform, as well as download and install the new Microsoft Web Platform Installer V2 we released today – which makes it really easy to quickly provision web servers and web development machines.  You can then browse and download and use open source web applications from the Windows Web Application Gallery.

Written by wesy

September 25, 2009 at 6:03 pm

Windows Azure in the Real World Webcasts

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Next Tuesday September 29th, we’ll be holding a webcast about Windows Azure.  We invite you to explore Windows Azure – Microsoft’s platform for building and deploying cloud based applications – within Microsoft. During this event, we’ll review critical lessons Microsoft IT has learned migrating internal line-of-business applications to Windows Azure.

The webinar will answer:

What is Windows Azure? When should I use it? How does it apply to my job?  Whether you’re an IT Professional, Developer or Architect, we’ll address top of mind questions about cloud computing.

TechNet Events Presents – for the IT Professional from 8:30am to noon

In this session, we will discuss:

  • Azure architecture from the IT professional’s point of view
  • Why an IT operations team would want to pursue Azure as an extension to the data center
  • Configuration, deployment and scaling Azure-based applications
  • The Azure roles (web, web service and worker)
  • Azure storage options
  • Azure security and identity options
  • How Azure-based applications can be integrated with on-premises applications
  • How operations teams can manage and monitor Azure-based applications

TechNet LIVE Webcast | REGISTER >>

MSDN Events Presents – for the Developer & Architect from 1:00pm to 5:00pm

In this session, we will discuss:

  • Cloud computing architectures in general and the Azure architecture in particular
  • Several aspects of Azure from the developer’s and architect’s perspective
  • Azure roles (web, web service and worker)
  • Azure storage options
  • Azure security and identity options
  • How Azure-based applications can be integrated with on-premise applications
  • Configuration, deployment and scaling Azure-based applications
  • How development teams can optimize their applications for better management and monitoring


Written by wesy

September 25, 2009 at 9:53 am

12 Great Reasons for Attending the WPC09

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The Worldwide Partner Conference will be in New Orleans from   July 13-16.  The WPC is great opportunity to learn and network with Microsoft’s leadership and your peers.  Here’s the link for more information and registration details

  1. Competitive Advantage: We’ll share our product roadmaps so you can align your business plans and leverage our marketing dollars. Additionally you’ll hear from Microsoft Executives
  2. Get in-depth, hands-on information, with demos of Microsoft’s new product lineup including Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Microsoft Office 2010, Mobile 6.5, Silverlight 3, SQL Server 2008, and Azure Services Platform. There are more than a half dozen Microsoft product launches or releases coming over the next 18 months, all of which will be featured at WPC09 as key revenue generators!
  3. Hear from Microsoft executives from across the business, as they outline what you can expect from Microsoft now and in the future, and offer insights for partners that you may not hear anywhere else:
    • Steve Ballmer CEO
    • Chris Capossela, SVP IW
    • Stephen Elop, President, Microsoft Business Division
    • Steven Guggenheimer, CVP, OEM
    • Bob Kelly, CVP Infrastructure Server Marketing
    • Bob Muglia, President, Server and Tools Business
    • Kevin Turner, COO
    • Bill Veghte, SVP for Windows
    • Allison Watson, CVP, Worldwide Partner Group
    • Robert Youngjohns, President, CVP for North America Sales and Marketing
  4. See guest speaker, Jack Welch on Wednesday, July 15!
  5. Worth the Time and Money Investment. Take advantage of four days’ worth of valuable information, interactive breakout sessions, hands-on business planning, and opportunities to connect with other partners and with Microsoft.
  6. Accelerate the development and execution of your business plans. 25+ sessions designed to help partners align to Microsoft U.S. marketing investments
  7. Schedule meetings with over 500 Microsoft U.S. leaders and their teams from all aspects of the business. including Enterprise, Small and Midsize, Government and Education, Communications Sector, as well as our East, Central, and West Region geographies, are attending the Conference to connect with partners
  8. Connect and collaborate with complementary partners to develop joint solutions for customers. Thousands of companies attend WPC, offering U.S. partners the opportunity to build new and deepen existing
  9. The great hotel rates in New Orleans expire June 15, so we encourage partners to register before then for the best price.
  10. Learn How to Navigate and Maximize Your Relationship with Microsoft – Join the WPC09 U.S. Partner Community on Facebook (, to meet both Microsoft U.S. team members and other U.S. partners attending the Conference.
  11. Get a first look at how the Microsoft Partner Program is changing to better serve partner needs.
  12. Have a Little Fun—It’s New Orleans! On Thursday night, join us for the WPC Jazzfest Celebration and take in the great local music and cuisine!

Written by wesy

June 2, 2009 at 6:14 pm

Another Reason to Visit New Orleans in July

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neworleans Register for Microsoft WPC 2009 – July 13-16, 2009

We know it’s more important than ever to invest your travel dollars wisely. We’re working to make 2009 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference the most valuable partnering event you’ll attend this year.

Preview the WPC09 Session Catalog for more session information, and follow the Microsoft US Team on its journey to WPC09 on Twitter @WPC09US.

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May 18, 2009 at 1:55 pm

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