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    Microsoft training from 10 years ago


    The Microsoft fiscal year (FY) started on July 1, and it’s our time of year to do things like plan our career path, training, etc. I was just looking at the training I did in Redmond (around) 10 years ago and I thought it would be interesting to post the list. Some of the classes were several hours per week or a week at a time, others are one-off lectures. Amazing to think that .NET was so new then…

    C Programming II

    Hacking Exposed - Live

    NEO - New Employee Orientation

    HailStorm Introduction

    New Employee Family Orientation

    Introduction to the Managed Extensions to C++

    Visual Basic: Intermediate

    Managing Cross-Product Partnerships

    Win32 Programming

    MSR Tech Festival 2002

    Windows Programming in C

    Rapid Development: The Ten Myths

    Building .NET Applications

    Scripting: Learning Perl

    C++ Programming

    Securing and Deploying .NET Assemblies

    COM 1: Component Objects

    Sysinternals: A Tour of these Powerful Tools

    Debugging Windows Applications

    Targeting Mobile Devices with Active Server Pages+

    HTML+TIME (SMIL) 2.0 in Internet Explorer 5.5

    The New WinDBG - the Tool for Hardcore Debuggin

    MSR Tech Festival 2001

    Using Windows Installer For Your Application

    The Key to C#: Q&A with Anders Hejlsberg

    Visual Basic .NET: Introduction - Online

    .NET Framework And Tools

    Visual C++ Internal Awareness Week: June 24 - 28, 2002

    .NET Mobile Web Software Development Kit (SDK)

    Visual Studio for Applications .NET Application Customization

    .NET: An Introduction

    Windows Installer: An Introduction

    ADO.NET: Introduction

    Windows NT/2000/XP/Server 2003/Vista OS Internals

    Announcing IceCAP 4.1: The Tip of the Iceberg

    Writing Secure Code – Enough is Enough!

    Buffer Overruns in Depth

    Writing Solid Code

    C# Programming

    Xbox .NET: Setting the Standard for Online Console Gaming

    C++ Workshop: Advanced Managed Extensions

    VS .NET Languages: Introduction to Visual C++ .NET

    C++: Managed Extensions

    Microsoft Developer Fundamentals

    COM Fundamentals

    Dynamics of UI Design and Program Management, Version 2.0

    Design Day 2002

    Extending the .NET Framework

    Design without wasting time

    Frameworks Class Library: A Whirlwind Tour

    Designing Windows XP Icons



    BizSpark One Startup Panopto in GeekWire


    I met the guys from Panopto in Pittsburg a couple of years ago and they floored me with the demo of their lecture capture software product. I worked with Christopher Griffin to get them into BizSpark One and they’ve been turned out to be an excellent partner for that program. I would encourage you to check out their Silverlight-based sample recordings to see how really well done this product is. 

    Check out the GeekWire story below for an interview with Co-Founder (and former Microsoftie) Eric Burns.

    Startup Spotlight: Carnegie Mellon transplant takes root in Seattle with Panopto

    Panopto was founded in 2007 with technology from Carnegie Mellon University. But the company is now growing its presence in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood, thanks in part to a connection to Microsoft.

    The company’s co-founder and CTO, former Carnegie Mellon researcher Eric Burns, previously worked on book and academic search technologies for Microsoft’s Windows Live unit. (Now Bing).

    At Panopto, he’s now leading the charge to develop a video, audio and screen recorder that that helps individuals capture everything from city council meetings to academic lectures to concerts.

    In the latest installment of Startup Spotlight, we chatted with Burns to get his take on what makes the company tick.


    New from Ignition Showcase 11.15.10


    Good stuff from our Partner Ignition blog…

    Windows Azure Updates!

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    Update Your Windows Azure Skills at the Microsoft Partner Network
    How to Build a Hybrid On-Premise/In Cloud Application
    Windows Azure Application Monitoring Management Pack Release Candidate (RC)
    Now Available For Download

    SQL Server “Denali” CTP1 Available for Download
    Whitepaper: Inside SQL Azure
    Windows Server Updates! 

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    Windows Server as a Great Development Platform
    Windows Server 2008 R2 Resources
    You May Have a Private Cloud Already!
    Build Your Private Cloud with System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0
    Microsoft Private Cloud Announced!
    SQL Server Updates! sql server logo_thumb[3]
    SQL Server Administration for the Oracle DBA
    Leveraging Data Warehousing Appliances
    SharePoint Updates! 

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    SharePoint in the Cloud       
    • Keep teams in sync and manage important projects

    • Manage and share important document

    • Stay up to date with company information and news

    • Share documents securely with partners and customers

    • Market your business using a simple public-facing website


    Online Silverlight Firestarter on December 2nd


    If you do any WP7, Silverlight, or WPF development, you’re probably not going to want to miss this.

    Future of Silverlight

    Silverlight Firestarter: The Future of Silverlight Starts Now

    Keynote Starts December 2, 2010 at 9:00 pacific time
    • Hear what’s coming next from Microsoft’s Scott Guthrie
    • Training, labs & swag
    • Online or in-person at Microsoft HQ, December 2nd 2010
    • It’s just like an extra day of PDC, dedicated to Silverlight

    BizSpark Graduation Offer


    In the next year or so, a number of our BizSpark Startups will come to the end or their three years in BizSpark. Microsoft wants to be ready to help these companies transition into non-BizSpark partners as painlessly as possible.

    Today we posted our offer to graduating BizSpark Startups. You can find the details here:

    BizSpark Graduation Offer

    The BizSpark Graduation Offer allows Startups who graduate from BizSpark to:

    1. Keep, at no charge, all the software they currently use*, and

    2. Have the option to purchase a subscription or maintenance to keep their software updated


    After three years in the program, we will waive the $100 exit fee and offer the following:

    ü Startups can renew their MSDN subscriptions at any level, starting at $935 for two years, per developer (MSDN renewals include Windows Azure benefits – compute hours, SQL storage, etc.)

    ü Startups can purchase the first two years of Microsoft Software Assurance (upgrades, support and training) for production server licenses at a 50% discount.

    If you’re not currently in BizSpark, check out the site at If you’re eligible, apply for the program. If you’re a startup on the east coast of the US, go ahead and drop me a note at and I’ll work with you directly.

    It’s like watching your kids grow up. Smile 



    Curse on the Windows Team Blog


    No, not that kind of curse. Brandon has a great post on the Windows Team Blog about BizSpark Startup Curse. Check it out.

    Managing Game User Interface Add-ons with the Curse Client from

    I consider myself a casual gamer. I play a few PC games, mostly Games for Windows – LIVE titles, and of course Xbox. But this week I’ve been exposed to an interesting area of online gaming. Some of the more advanced gamers out there might find it sad that prior to this week, I had no idea there is such a big community of user interface add-on authors who create free plug-ins for online games like World of Warcraft. I had, of course, heard of and played World of Warcraft before, but didn’t know there were user interface add-ons for the game. User interface add-ons are plug-ins that change the user interface that a player utilizes in a game. This is where the folks from come in. They have created a client for Windows – the Curse Client – that is designed specifically to deliver user interface add-ons that 3rd party authors publish through


    I mentioned on FB last week that a big patch came out for World of Warcraft last Tuesday and that one of the things that Curse was able to do was to mitigate traffic spike problems by moving to the Microsoft Web Platform. They seemed to have handled lasts weeks patch with no problem at all.

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    I’ve been working with a BizSpark startup called This site lets you monitor and manage your “Online Career Brand”.  The site is one of the largest Azure applications I’ve seen, but you wouldn’t know it just by looking at it. Very cool stuff. Check it out.


    From their About page:

    Based in Northern Virginia, MyWebCareer was founded in January 2010 by a group of executives with over 30 years of collective experience in developing mission critical solutions for US Federal Law Enforcement, Intelligence and Forensics clients.

    What do you know about your Online Footprint?

    Almost everything you do on the Internet can be traced back to you and nearly everyone has left some online footprint(s). These online footprints can include references to you on corporate websites, blog posts, press releases, and social or business network profiles. Collectively these footprints make up your online brand. Employers, colleagues, friends or just acquaintances are increasingly using ever more sophisticated Internet search engines to research your online brand to gain additional insight about you.

    At MyWebCareer we have created a service for Career Professionals that enables you to uncover and evaluate your online footprint. Our product integrates technologies and methodologies that have been successfully utilized by the law enforcement and intelligence communities since 2001. Our objective is to provide Career Professionals with insight into their online brand and to offer tools to make this data accessible, manageable, and actionable. We use sophisticated link analysis, visualization and semantics technologies to enable you to quickly evaluate and explore data that may relate to you.

    At MyWebCareer we know all about privacy and data protection. Our approach to privacy is simple. Your data is available to you only. We will never share or sell your data with any third party without your express permission.


    Windows Phone 7 Available November 8th!


    Really excited for this. Be sure to check out the Windows Phone 7 launch events linked below:

    Today we announced that Windows Phones will be available for consumer purchase thru At&T November 8th! Make sure your app is ready in time for consumers by following the below timeline:

    • Oct 11: Participating early certification developers will receive instructions on submitting their xaps, allowing those apps to be published in Marketplace in the lead up to, and after, launch.
    • Oct 12-November: Microsoft will continue processing submissions and prioritizing new requests in the order they are received until the self-serve submission process is broadly enabled.

    Need help getting started with how to build your app and the resources available? Check out the Windows Phone 7 Launch Events and MPR below.


    Windows Phone 7 Launch Events:

    Get ready to capitalize on this exciting new frontier with two days of fast-paced learning. Day One takes you under the hood of Windows Phone 7 with the tools and fundamentals of application development, plus design scenarios using Silverlight, XNA and the Windows Phone 7 SDK. Day Two is all about turning your napkin sketches into real, sellable apps. Go at your own pace to build your app and upload it to the full-service Marketplace. Register at

    Additional Resources:

    Microsoft Platform Ready is always available online to help you develop, test and deploy your WP7 app. Get access to trainings, offers and 24/7 support @



    Microsoft Security Essentials for Small Business


    Eric Ligman announced today that Microsoft Security Essentials will be available to small business for free in October. I use Microsoft Security Essentials on all the machines in my house and it’s saved our bacon a number of times. Check out Eric’s post on the solution for small business and the other options that are available.

    Announcing: Microsoft Security Essentials available FREE to Small Businesses in October!

    Here is some great news for all of the small businesses out there from Microsoft that I am very happy to be able to tell you about!

    As we all know, small businesses are under incredible pressure to:

    1. Reduce operating costs
    2. Improve productivity
    3. Grow their business
    4. Do all of this in a very challenging economic climate

    It’s also no secret that most small businesses today do not have a dedicated IT professional on staff to manage their IT resources (which you may recall is why we originally launched the Small Business Specialist Community of partners worldwide). Small business owners and employees are focused on running their business, not managing complicated IT infrastructure.

    imageFor those reasons, we are extremely excited today to let you know that Microsoft is making its Microsoft Security Essentials available to small businesses on up to 10 PCs for FREE, beginning in early October!  By providing Microsoft Security Essentials to small businesses free of charge, Microsoft extends its commitment to help these companies save money and grow their business by offering no-cost protection from viruses, spyware and other malicious threats.


    Interview with Hedgehog Development - Azure, the Microsoft Partner Network, and BizSpark


    Posted this to the MPN East blog and though I would also share it here.

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    Hedgehog Development is a custom web and application development shop that provides consulting and development services for a range of different industries. They're also a former Microsoft Partner of the Year (2008) and a BizSpark Network Partner. In this interview Microsoft Evangelists John McClelland and Brian Johnson talked to Hedgehog about the Microsoft Partner Program, developing a Facebook application with Azure, and about working with BizSpark startups.

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