MSDN Flash - Tuesday, 08 March, 2005

MSDN Flash - Tuesday, 08 March, 2005

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MSDN Flash Australia
A Brand-New Home for Developers
New Site Coming Soon
G’day, readers,
I’m delighted to let you all know that, finally, our restructured local MSDN site is about to be launched. It’s been a labour of love for the whole team but, once you check it out, I am sure you’ll agree it’s been worth it. As many of you pointed out, the old site was hard to navigate, with information thrown all over the place. It felt a bit like a site designed by committee, and implemented by the work experience kid who didn’t know HTML. Well, not any more! We’ve changed the site for the better, and you’ll find it more useful than ever.

And, speaking of changes, we’ve added a new section to the Flash, with news for our readers who happen to be tertiary faculty members or students. You may not know it, but we’ve been working with universities over the past few years, supporting faculty members with curriculum and providing students with another view of Microsoft, through initiatives such as The Spoke, and the Imagine Cup. I’m pretty confident you will find this new section of interest, even if you aren’t a member of faculty or a student.

Finally, I wanted to highlight the “Know IT All” Challenge, which is an online IQ test which is part of the IT Fund for Kids activities this year. I know that the readers of the MSDN Flash are a bunch of smarties: here’s a great way to confirm that and help the kids while doing it. (More information about this in the newsletter; just scroll down.)
In the meantime, If you want to brush up on some of your IT knowledge then check out the range of complimentary tests at the Microsoft Learning Centre that will help to get you started.

‘Til next time, happy coding,
Frank Arrigo
Frank Arrigo
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Faculty Members and Students
Registrations for Imagine Cup are growing fast with universities opening up for 2005. Many students have already started work on their software design category entry, excited by the possibility of winning huge cash prizes and all-expenses-paid trips to Japan.

Microsoft has set up a blog for Academic Faculty members, packed with relevant information for Faculty members on programs offered by Microsoft.
Visit http://blogs.msdn.com/msozacademic/.

If you know any bright young minds, you might like to alert them to this opportunity. Microsoft is currently sponsoring a scholarship contest for high school students called You Can Make a Difference. It’s a chance for students aged 14-18 to propose an idea about how technology can benefit a charity. 10 worldwide finalists (5 male, 5 female) will be chosen, each being awarded a US$5,000 grant, comprising US$1,500 to implement their idea, a US$2,500 scholarship, andUS$1,500 for their school. Finalists will be given a Microsoft mentor, who’ll help with the implementation of their project. Submissions must be received between 1 March and 30 April 2005. The contest is open to students worldwide. Interested students can visit www.thespoke.net/ycmd/info.aspx to apply.

Lower your cost of learning with $75 cash back on any Microsoft Office 2003 Edition! Visit your retailer or the back to school site for details on how to claim your cash back.
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Feature Articles
The resources from this year’s Security Summit are now available for download. MSDN topics include ‘Visual Studio Team System Overview’ and the major advantages it will give you across all application development life cycle stages plus ‘Source Control and Work Item Tracking’ and ‘Tools for Quality Code’.
Click here to access presentations, white papers, worksheets and Webcasts.

Your Future with Microsoft
Hear the latest benefits of hosting on the Windows platform from those who know, at this complimentary seminar series. Featured speakers include Philip Beadle, one of the world’s foremost experts in the commercial application of the DotNetNuke Framework based on Microsoft .NET technology. Learn more about the newly released Windows and Hosted Messaging and Collaboration hosting solutions – technical operations and unlocking new revenue streams will both be covered. Register your complimentary place now.

IT Fund for Kids  
We know how clever you are, so use your smarts to help Australia’s seriously ill and autistic children. Enter the IT Fund for Kids “Know IT All” challenge, and test your IQ online. Funds will help the Starlight Children’s Foundation Register now, and take the test online until 21 March 2005, at: www.itfundforkids.com.au.

Fresh from the Web
Looking to develop applications for Microsoft Tablet PCs? To Learn more about the capabilities of Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005, and how it can help you expand your business and market share, read the business case and get all the resources you need for developing on Tablet PC platform.

Most Recent Developer Downloads

MSDN Flash Australia
Tuesday, 08 March, 2005
In this Issue:
Faculty Members and Students
Feature Articles
Your Future with Microsoft
Fresh from the Web
Most Recent Developer Downloads
100 Fingerprint Readers to be Won!
Click here for your chance to win one of these extraordinary products or other Microsoft hardware.
Download Security Updates
Download Security Updates for Windows, Exchange, SharePoint, and Office. View details and Downloads now.
Training and Events

Microsoft Access Hands-On Workshop
Two-day Hands on workshops with Adam Cogan.

Visual Studio .NET online assessments
See how much you know with these complimentary assessments.

Register for the Imagine Cup 2005
Hurry registration for some categories closes 1 April 2005.

TechNet Special Interest Groups (SIGS)
Run in most capital cities throughout Australia.

Get Recognised: visit MSDN Connection
Australian’s peer-based recognition program, by developers for developers.

MSDN User Groups
Share your ideas with our nationwide user groups.

For more information on training and events visit the MSDN Website.
Product Updates
Upgrade to the Visual Studio .NET Professional Special Edition for Only $948 (RRP)
Visual Studio Tools for Office, Version 2005 Sample: Application Manifest Editor
SharePoint Products and Technologies SDK Update
Windows SharePoint Services SDK Update
Project Server 2003 to ERP Connector Solution Starter
Service Packs
Find critical service packs to keep your system updated with the latest fixes and product enhancements.
Featured MSDN Downloads
Service Pack 3 for Web Services Enhancements 2.0 Released
Download: Word 2003 XML Software Development Kit (SDK)
Project 2003 Software Development Kit (SDK)
Solution Starter: Project Server 2003 to ERP Connector
Featured MSDN Code Samples
New DataSet Features in Visual Studio 2005
"Avalon" Animation: The Storyboard Story
Using Microsoft Tablet PC Input Panel Correction in Custom Recognition Scenarios
Consuming MapPoint Web Service in PHP
Security for Developers
Microsoft Security Summit 2005 - Resources now available
Visit the MSDN Security Developer Centre
The Security Risk Management Guide
Privacy Information for Developers
Building and Configuring More Secure Web Sites
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