Webinar iconThis year we’re offering a series of live webcasts, led by a Microsoft subject matter expert, on a range of core Microsoft products. They are not specifically designed to focus on education - and attendees will be from a wide range of industries - but I wanted to highlight the opportunity for you to take part to get up to speed with leading edge technology changes.

By running them as webcasts, our aim is to allow you to get the latest news, without travel costs, or event fees. And with all of the advantages of being able to watch an online webcast whilst also being able to do other things if necessary.

All of the free webcasts are two-hour long sessions, and combine technical presentations and live demonstrations. The level of the content is suitable for IT teams in schools, TAFEs and universities, as well as for pre-sales consultants and technical consultants working within Microsoft’s education partners. There are some which are much more specifically tailored for developers, and I’ll highlight those below.

You’ll need to register in advance, and you’ll then receive a Calendar note as well as info on how to join the Live Meeting online. All of the webcasts are scheduled for 2-4PM AEST (Australia East Coast time)

Each week I’ll highlight the webcasts coming up soon, and provide a more detailed overview, and give a list of future sessions that you can book into your diary.

This week’s webcasts

Building Business Applications with Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch

Visual Studio LightSwitch is the simplest way to build business applications for the desktop and cloud. LightSwitch simplifies the development process by letting you concentrate on the business logic, while LightSwitch handles the common tasks for you. In this demo-heavy session, see end-to-end how to build and deploy a data-centric business application using LightSwitch. Finally, see how to take advantage of the underlying LightSwitch application architecture to implement your application’s custom business logic. This webinar is mainly focused on software developers.

10th August - Find out more, and register 

Introducing the Windows Azure Platform

Cloud computing looks like the biggest change to hit our industry in many years. But taking advantage of the shift requires understanding this new approach and how to exploit it. In this presentation, we at the Windows Azure platform and what it means for organizations that create, use or sell software. The topics he covers include an overview of the Windows Azure platform, covering both technology and business model, and typical application scenarios for using it. The goal is to provide a foundation for thinking about the Windows Azure platform, then offer guidance on how to make good decisions for using it.

10th August - Find out more, and register

What Are the Bridges between Private and Public Cloud?

In this session we look at the core Hybrid Cloud topologies capable with Windows Azure and Windows Server Private Cloud Architecture. We showcase bridging the two environments together and how you can leverage private and public cloud to scale your enterprise needs.

12th August - Find out more, and register


Future webcasts

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16 August

Microsoft SQL Server Code-Named "Denali" AlwaysOn Series, Part 1: Introducing the Next Generation High Availability Solution

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16 August

Microsoft SharePoint Online Overview

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19 August

Sneak Peek at Microsoft System Center Service Manager 2012 Concepts

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2 September

Best Practices for Private Cloud Implementation

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6 September

Microsoft Exchange Online: Unified Messaging in Microsoft Office 365

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7 September

Inside Windows Azure, the Cloud Operating System

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20 September

Microsoft SQL Server Code-Named "Denali" AlwaysOn Series, Part 2: Building a Mission-Critical High Availability Solution Using AlwaysOn

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20 September

Microsoft Lync 2010: In the Cloud

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23 September

Understanding How Microsoft Virtualization Compares to VMware

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27 September

Microsoft Visual Studio Tips and Tricks

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27 September

Ten Must-Have Tools for Windows Azure

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30 September

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2012: Deployment and Infrastructure Technical Overview

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4 October

Microsoft Lync 2010: Setup, Deployment, Upgrade and Coexistence Scenarios

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14 October

Virtualization: State of the Union

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18 October

What's New in Manageability for Microsoft SQL Server Code-Named "Denali"

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18 October

Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft Office 365: How to Set Up a Hybrid Deployment

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21 October

Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2012: Overview

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25 October

An IT Pro View of Windows Azure

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28 October

What Are the Bridges between Private and Public Cloud?

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1 November

Microsoft Office 365: Deployment Overview

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8 November

Upgrading to Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server Code-Named "Denali": A Comprehensive Look

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11 November

Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012: What’s in It, and How It Enables the Building of Private Clouds and Federation to the Public Cloud

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15 November

Taking Office to the Cloud: Integrating Microsoft Office 2010 and Windows Azure

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22 November

Managing Windows Azure Applications

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22 November

Integrating Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online

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25 November

Integrating the Microsoft System Center Stack for Process Compliance and Automation

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29 November

What’s New in Microsoft SQL Server Code-Named “Denali” for SQL Server Integration Services

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6 December

Microsoft Lync 2010: Audio, Video and Web Conferencing Architecture and Experience

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