Are you a school or district IT person looking for more information about the latest Microsoft technologies. Or perhaps you are a teacher looking to introduce some of these technologies to your students. In either case these free sessions may be useful for you.

Heat up your skills with the all-new Firestarter event series. Each day tackles a single Microsoft technology, including free sessions presented live by Microsoft developer and IT pro evangelists and technology specialists - with special appearances from community luminaries. Attend in person, via live meeting or download the webcast at your convenience.

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DEVELOPER EVENTS

Seattle - Silverlight

Thursday, Sept 17, 2009

8:45 AM - 5:00 PM Pacific Time

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: SCOTT GUTHRIE

Microsoft Conference Center/ Bldg. 33

1st Floor, Cascade Room, 16070 NE 36th Way

Redmond, WA 98052 – USA

LIVE EVENT | REGISTER >>  http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032422412&Culture=en-US

LIVE WEBCAST | REGISTER >> http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032423163&EventCategory=2&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US

Get ready for this season's hottest technology event. The FREE Silverlight™ 3 Firestarter sessions will burn up Redmond, WA on Thursday September 17th and we've got a stellar line-up of Microsoft speakers, including a keynote from Scott Guthrie and presentations from Tim Heuer, Brad Abrams, Karl Shifflett and other community leaders. You'll learn what's new and noteworthy in the latest releases of Silverlight and Expression® 3. We'll also give you a rundown on .NET RIA services, toolkit, and more. Don't miss this sizzling opportunity to go deep into Silverlight 3 with Microsoft's best and brightest.

Seating for the live event is limited, so register today. If you can't join us for the in-person event, register for the online event experience.

New York - ASP.NET MVC

Saturday, Oct 3, 2009

8:30 AM - 5:15 PM Eastern Time

Grand Hyatt New York Hotel/ Ballroom B

109 East 42nd Street

New York, NY 10017

LIVE EVENT | REGISTER >>  http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032424184&Culture=en-US

LIVE WEBCAST | REGISTER >> http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032424194&Culture=en-US

In March 2009, Microsoft added a new option for developing web applications on the .NET platform: the ASP.NET MVC Framework 1.0. You've probably heard quite a bit of buzz in the Microsoft web development community about it. But perhaps you haven't had a chance to take a deeper look at it yet. Then we have an event for you! We will be hosting a full-day ASP.NET MVC Firestarter event live from New York and online to take you from 0-300 level in a day.

At the ASP.NET MVC Firestarter, we'll give you a quick tour of the framework, then peel back the layers and dive deeper into how it works. As part of that, we'll spend time discussing the design and development practices that lead to the creation of the MVC framework. By the time you leave, you'll have enough knowledge to get fired up and start building web applications on the .NET platform.

Seating for the live event is limited, so register today. If you can't join us for the in-person event, register for the online event experience.

IT PRO EVENTS

Seattle - Windows

Friday, Sept 18, 2009

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Pacific Time

Microsoft Conference Center/ Bldg. 33

1st Floor, Cascade Room, 16070 NE 36th Way

Redmond, WA 98052 - USA

LIVE EVENT | REGISTER >> http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032422413&Culture=en-US

LIVE WEBCAST | REGISTER >> http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032423124&Culture=en-US

Windows® 7 and Windows 2008 R2 introduce fantastic new technologies to streamline your business, enhance security and save you money. This Windows Firestarter event will introduce you to these features and then dive deep into how they work. See how DirectAccess provides the remote user with virtually the same experience they would have if they were in the office. Learn how Group Policy and PowerShell can simplify the administration of your network, regardless of how large or small it is. Experience a simpler yet more rich Web surfing experience with new Internet Explorer® 8 features. See new BitLocker™, AppLocker and User Account Control Features that are designed to protect your data no matter where it is. We will also dive into how easy it is to deploy Windows 7 the way you want it deployed - your image, your way - even if you are migrating from Windows XP. Join us for this demo heavy session on all of this and more at Windows Firestarter.

Seating for the live event is limited, so register today. If you can't join us for the in-person event, register for the online event experience.

Alpharetta - Windows 7

Saturday, Oct 17, 2009

8:00 AM - 4:45 PM Eastern Time

Microsoft Alpharetta Office

Centennial Park 1125 Sanctuary Pkwy Suite 300

Alpharetta GA 30009

LIVE EVENT | REGISTER >>  http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032424192&Culture=en-US

LIVE WEBCAST | REGISTER >> http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032424195&EventCategory=2&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US

Windows® 7 introduces some fantastic new technologies to streamline your business, enhance security and save you money. We'll start this Windows Firestarter event from the users point of view and have a fun and lively introduction to some of the new features in Windows 7. Next we'll move onto DirectAccess and show how remote users can connect seamlessly to the corporate network, giving them virtually the same experience as being in the office, all of this without VPN! We'll then move on and learn how to protect your drives and data with BitLocker™ and show how Windows 7 extends this protection to USB drives with BitLocker-To-Go™.

Finally we'll round off the day with an in-depth look at how to automate your deployments of Windows 7 with System Center Configuration Manager. This information packed, demo intensive day will kick-start your Windows 7 knowledge and get you well on the way to being prepared for deploying Windows 7.

Seating for the live event is limited, so register today. If you can't join us for the in-person event, register for the online event experience.