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  • Blog Post: .TOOLBOX - Free Silverlight and Expression Blend training program for Designers and Developers

    If you’re design skills are at all like mine, limited with no sense of style, you’ll want to take a minute to checkout .toolbox . .toolbox is a structured curriculum-based program that features two core learning tracks with materials that increase in difficulty to build individuals’ knowledge and understanding...
  • Blog Post: Get In On The Buzz With Windows Phone 7 Series - URL Shortcuts

    Yesterday, Microsoft announced the next generation of Microsoft’s mobile phone business and everybody’s talking about it.  It all started when Steve Ballmer unveiled Windows Phone 7 Series a the Mobile World Congress 2010 in Barcelona.  Did you miss this breaking news?  Looking to get...
  • Blog Post: Live Meeting: Is Azure Right For My Business?

    Did you miss the Azure roadshow for Microsoft Partners in December? Are you still pondering the business opportunity behind Azure? Well block off 2-hours on your calendar today to attend our Live Meeting presentation of the roadshow content on Thursday, February 25th. Gather up your team for an extended...
  • Blog Post: US Developer and IT Pro Event Sites Re-launched!

    The MSDN Events and TechNet Events landing pages now incorporate all US Developer and Platform Evangelism (DPE) technical audience events so customers and partners have a comprehensive view of local and national event offerings in their community. New to the sites’ functionality are zip code search pulling...
  • Blog Post: MIX10 – Register by January 15th and Save $$$

    MIX is where designers and developers will learn about Microsoft’s broad web platform and tools that help bring together the clients, servers, and cloud services needed for creating great rich web applications.  They can also network with peers from well-known web companies like Twitter and Facebook;...
  • Blog Post: Partners Come See Us at PDC

    If you are coming to the PDC we would love to see you! Please come and drop by our boot (Booth # MPS08).   Several of the members of the US DPE Evangelism team will be on hand along with members of the US Solution Partners team.  We will also have several of our partners talking about...
  • Blog Post: The MSDN Mid Atlantic Roadshow - Silverlight Data Access and Windows 7 for Developers

    MSDN Events Presents: The MSDN Mid Atlantic Roadshow Silverlight Data Access and Windows 7 for Developers Join Microsoft® Evangelists Dani Diaz, G. Andrew Duthie, and David Isbitski as they tour the Mid Atlantic this Fall presenting an afternoon packed full of cutting edge tips and techniques for developers...
  • Blog Post: The Great PHP on Windows Contest

    Try your hand at PHP on Windows and win a complete 52" HDTV home entertainment system and the opportunity to present your creation to the crowd at php|tek 2010 in Chicago with an all-expenses paid trip! Have you tried to run PHP on Windows? No? We thought so. That's why we're hosting the Great PHP...
  • Blog Post: Does Your Business Qualify for WebsiteSpark Benefits?

    On Thursday, September 24 th Microsoft launched the WebsiteSpark Program . WebsiteSpark provides Web developers and designers with Microsoft software and solutions, as well as the training, support and market exposure they need to jump-start their web development and help their businesses succeed. The...
  • Blog Post: Earn a Chance to win an Xbox 360 In Time for Christmas

    We just completed our first Partner Challenge of the fiscal year earlier this week and gave away several very nice prizes.  Congratulations to our 3 lucky winners! John Pattison – Info et Cetera Consulting  Chunlei Wu - Fujitsu America Nicole Cain – American Technology Services Yesterday we...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Expertise as a Microsoft Ambassador

    Microsoft’s U.S. Developer and Platform Evangelism organization recently launched the Microsoft Ambassador program (details below) to help our partner’s highlight their success in driving the early adoption of new and emerging application platform technology within their organization or their customer...
  • Blog Post: PDC 2009 Early Bird Discount Ends September 15th

    If you’re a developer, architect or technology leader involved in making strategic technology decisions, this is the conference you need to attend to stay ahead of the curve and get a head start on planning your company’s product and technology investments. If you register by September 15, you’ll receive...
  • Blog Post: Innovation/Showcase on Windows 7

      “ Windows 7 is what a modern managed desktop should be. It helps us increase productivity, reduce costs, and provide enhanced desktop security” - Doug Miller, Practice Architect, CDW Join us at Microsoft’s Windows 7 Innovation Showcase where you can explore how Windows 7 delivers ‘the new efficiency...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7: Be first. Save half.

    Pre-order Windows 7 beginning at 9pm PST tonight, at Microsoft Store . You'll get it for at least half off and be one of the first to get it. Hurry, quantities are limited.*   It's pretty simple  Windows 7 is coming on October 22, 2009. Here's an easy way to get it fast and save a bundle...
  • Blog Post: Partner Training, Offers and Promotions – June 17

    TRAINING RESOURCES: With a lot of new releases on their way, be sure you stay in the training loop this summer! Partner Learning Blog Follow the Partner Learning Team as they talk about what’s new in training and dialogue with partners about their training feedback and experiences. Partner Training &...
  • Blog Post: 4 New MSDN "How Do I" Video Series on Windows Azure and Live Services

    4 new “How Do I” (HDI) videos are available for your online viewing.  These short 10- to 15-minute videos are designed to get you up to speed quickly by focusing on a specific task, topic or product.  If you are new to the “How Do I” series and wish to stay informed of new content visit the...
  • Blog Post: The User Experience Just Keeps Getting Better

    A few posts pack, I wrote an opinion piece titled “Who are you calling Dull!?!” .  The motivation for this piece stemmed from a money article I read online shortly after earnings were announced where it was stated that, “Microsoft can't point to anything in their mix of products that excites people...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Goes High Def with Zune HD and Redefines Search with Bing

    Yesterday we announced the next version of the Zune device coming this fall. It’s a hot one – Zune HD! Check out some of the details at http://zune.net/en-us/mp3players/zunehd/ . Those who own a Zune, including me and my family (we own 5), will never give it up except for a better Zune. Give it a look...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Microsoft Enterprise Developer Conference

    The Developer Platform & Evangelism group hosts an annual conference for developers in the enterprise. Now in its seventh year, the conference is an excellent opportunity for developers to gain insight into the latest and upcoming Microsoft technologies as they relate to the financial services industry...
  • Blog Post: IE8 Beta 2 Has Launched - Experience it Today

    Today we launched in English, German, Simplified Chinese and Japanese, and  we will follow with another 21 languages in mid-September. So What's New? The bottom line is that IE8 is faster, easier and safer.  To get a feel for the new IE8 experience, check out the videos here , download the...
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