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Microsoft has announced several special promotions for Visual Studio users, such as 30% off when you upgrade from Visual Studio Team System to the complete Team Suite, two editions for the price of one, and huge savings on MSDN Subscription upgrades.
Microsoft is delivering three new programs and tools: discover the Microsoft SDL Pro Network, the Microsoft SDL Optimization Model, and the Microsoft SDL Threat Modeling Tool v3.
News for Students
Take the Imagine Cup IT Challenge Pop Quiz  
Take 30 minutes to participate for the opportunity to win US$8,000, Microsoft Press books, a Microsoft Certification training voucher, and a Microsoft Certification exam voucher. Do you know the answers to questions like these?
Where in Windows Vista will one find the option to change the Time and Date on a system: (a) Administrative Tools, (b) Network Connections, (c)Control Panel, (d) Internet Explorer
Which of the following is NOT a standard component in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007: (a) Document Library, (b)Wiki, (c) Blog, (d) Shell
Answers: Question 1 - (c) Control Panel; Question 2 - (d) Shell

Test yourself with this Sample Quiz and (if you need it) after registering, you can cram here at the Learning Center.

Next Quiz: November 23, 2008, 11:00 A.M. Eastern Time

Microsoft Certifications Unveiled
Ever wonder if certification is right for you? The Microsoft Learning Team is hosting an informational on Microsoft Certifications called Certification 101. The call takes place over Live Meeting an e-meeting tool on Tuesday, November 18th and will hopefully be the start of a regular schedule of these Live Meetings.

Imagine Cup 2008 - Embedded Development 
The Imagine Cup invites you to check out the Embedded Development Invitational. Students in this competition are challenged to go beyond the PC desktop and unleash their creativity to help solve the toughest problems facing us today. Competitors of the Embedded Development Invitational are asked to configure, build, debug, and deploy a Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R2 operating system image and build an application on top of it. Register or get more details here. 

Engage on Microphone, Win a Zune 
Engage on Microphone, our new Facebook application, and qualify to win a Zune. To win, just visit Microphone, invite friends, take polls, and post to the wall and discussion boards to earn Microphone points. The top 10 point-earners will qualify for a random drawing to win. See the Microphone leader board to track point leaders.

MSDN Developer Conference, the Traveling PDC 
The Microsoft Professional Developers Conference recently took place, with a number of exciting announcements. The travelling version of PDC is called the MSDN Developer Conference and is coming to cities near you. The first three are all in December, so register now for Houston on December 9, Orlando on December 11, and Atlanta on December 16. Experience the Azure Services Platform, be among the first to see Windows 7, and take your .NET skills to the next level. Also attend sessions on WPF 4.0, Silverlight 2, ASP.NET 4.0, parallel programming, Live Mesh, and more. The cost is just US$99, and, did we mention that attendees will get some cool giveaways?

Silverlight 2 for Students 
Students can develop for Silverlight 2 in the following free ways:
Deep Zoom into Obama Coverage  
For Scott Hanselman, 730 Newspapers from 66 countries covering President Elect Barack Obama was a perfect match for Silverlight and Deep Zoom. He took the images from Newseum and created a mosaic using a DeepZoom creator to capture all the articles to zoom in and read them. Great work, Scott.

Small Basic 
Small Basic is a project that's aimed at bringing fun back to programming. By providing a small and easy-to-learn programming language in a friendly and inviting development environment, Small Basic makes programming a breeze. It's ideal for kids and adults alike, Small Basic helps beginners take the first step into the wonderful world of programming.

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In just a couple of hours, MAP will automatically assess your client's hardware readiness to migrate to Windows Vista, Microsoft Office 2007, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V - allowing you more time to focus your efforts on critical pre-sales engagement tasks.
Whether you are looking to build, upgrade, or migrate your packaged application on Microsoft SQL Server 2008, the Front Runner for Innovate On program provides technical and marketing support to help you be one of the first to go to market with an application built on SQL Server 2008.
Receive a free copy of SQL Server 2008 when you attend select SQL Server 2008 instructor-led training courses with Microsoft Certified Partners for Learning Solutions. Limited-time offer.
The new features and added programmability support in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) provide a wealth of development opportunities. This course will immerse you in many of the developer-centric capabilities of MOSS.
MVP Andrew Connell shows how to select the best approach for implementing a brand in a SharePoint Server 2007 publishing site.
Learn how to provide application domain isolation for managed controls hosted in folder home pages in Outlook 2007.
Application domain isolation ensures that your folder home page and embedded WPF or Windows Forms user controls operate as expected. Use this sample code as a reference for customizing folder home pages and application domain isolation in Outlook 2007.
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Web Resources
BenkoTIPS Live & On Demand
A weekly webcast show exploring what's possible. Current schedule includes:
December 3 - Practical VSTO with special guest John Wiese
December 10 - SharePoint Features with Scott Hillier
December 17 - Visual Studio Tips & Tricks with the people who wrote it
Pluralsight On-Demand is a new Web-based training service providing premier Microsoft .NET training and content in a convenient online format. With Pluralsight On-Demand, you have a full training experience available at your fingertips.
December 10, 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time
Best-selling author Andrew Troelsen, Intertech partner and instructor
January 7, 2009 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time
Best-selling author Andrew Troelsen, Intertech partner and instructor
In this webcast, we assume no ASP.NET background, and introduce many of the flagship capabilities of the framework, so the vast audience of developers who did not start with ASP.NET 1.0 can get on board. We explore many of the core elements of ASP.NET development and share practical examples.
In this webcast, we demonstrate the most common and most dangerous threats to online services, and we describe the coding procedures and tools required by the SDL to mitigate or defeat these threats.
In this on-demand webcast, you learn how to make beautiful code, and the who, what, where, and why of design patterns. Join Zain Naboulsi on this wondrous adventure of code discovery.
After completing this lab, you will be better able to create a new BizTalk project, create an XML schema by using the BizTalk editor, promote a schema property, create a flat file schema by using the BizTalk editor, validate a schema and generate a sample instance message, create a strong name and assign it to an assembly, and build a schema project.
After completing this lab, you will be able to add a schema and a map to an existing project, create an orchestration, build and deploy the orchestration project, add correlation and parallel actions to the orchestration, and start and test the orchestration.
After completing this lab, you will be better able to create a receive port and a receive location, create send ports and define message filters, start the send ports, enable the receive location and test the configuration, configure BizTalk group and host security settings, create a custom send pipeline, modify a send port to use a custom pipeline, create a custom receive pipeline, and build and test the pipeline solution.
geekSpeak Podcast: ASP.NET Dynamic Data with Rachel Appel
WMA (17 MB) | MP3 (15 MB)
In this geekSpeak, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Rachel Appel introduces you to the Microsoft ASP.NET Dynamic Data framework, discusses how it came to be, and shows how ASP.NET Dynamic Data makes it easy to maintain your Web sites.
This session highlights Visual Studio Team System 2008 from the perspectives of business analysts and project managers. Topics include defining a vision statement, requirements gathering, and project management best practices.
This session highlights Visual Studio Team System 2008 from an architect's perspective. Topics include value-up architectural design and best practices.
This session highlights Visual Studio Team System 2008 from a developer's perspective. The power of value-up software development is showcased using the code quality tools provided by Visual Studio Team System Developer Edition.
This session highlights Visual Studio Team System 2008 from a tester's perspective. Value-up testing is demonstrated using the automated and manual testing tools of Visual Studio Team System Test Edition.
Security for Developers
The Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR) provides an in-depth perspective on the changing threat landscape including software vulnerability disclosures and exploits, malicious software (malware), and potentially unwanted software.
Training
Get a free retake of your Visual Studio 2008 certification exam with Second Shot. When you register for Second Shot, you will receive a free retake if you don't pass on your first attempt. Through December 31 you'll also get 25% off a future exam if you pass on the first try.
Don't miss out on this offer - it won't be available much longer. Take select Windows Server 2008 courses and get the Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition free. Offer available through December 31, 2008 or while supplies last.
Deep Training offers intensive, expert-taught, custom, hands-on classes in ASP.NET & SQL Server Reporting Services at your organization. New courses cover ASP.NET 3.5, LINQ, ASP.NET AJAX, and more. Plus, get a 40% discount on our SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services DVD- or CD-based training courseware.
Case Studies
Premier Foods has developed more than 40 Microsoft .NET–based, vertical applications, and uses BizTalk Server 2006 for end-to-end supply-chain management and to drive its greater service-oriented architecture strategy.
For better stability and performance, BABOO migrated its PHP-based forum to Windows Server 2008 with Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0. Now the Web site can easily handle more than 22,000 concurrent users.
Partner News
November 20, 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time
Hear Michael Howard and others discuss best practices for Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) and get a free security scan up to 10,000 lines of code.
This Web editor will transform Web site code into fully accessible, Web standards-compliant, fast-loading dynamos. Free trial available.
Try the fastest line-level profiler for .NET code, and identify performance bottlenecks within minutes.
Now you can automatically wrap any ASP.NET control, using a simple integrated Visual WebGui wizard. Free download.