Not sure how many of you know of Labcasts. The MSDN Virtual Lab team have been delivering content to you guys through Webcasts, Virtualized Hands-on labs. Now they have created a hybrid "Virtual Instructor Led Lab", called Guided Hands-on through combining a Webcast with the Virtual Labs.
So the experience is that you'll be guided by an Instructor via a Live Meeting (ala Webcast), being able to look at slides and see what the instructor is doing on the lab, mouse clicks and all. At the same time, you can log onto a Virtual Lab environment either through a full Live Meeting client or through an Active X control embedded onto the webpage, which allows you to access a reserved virtual VPC session that is created on the fly. Pretty cool stuff. They've ran a couple of Labcasts already and I signed up and joined the Windows Mobile 5.0 development lab today presented by Jim Wilson, Microsoft MVP, JW Hedgehog, Inc.
The entire lab was recorded and you can view it here : http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032304344&EventCategory=5&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US
Just register for the event and it'll bring you to the "View Recording" page where they'll install the Live Meeting 2005 Replay Wrapper. After that, you're good to go!
Since this is new, they're still trying to figure out what works and what doesn't. I'm all for helping them improve so here's my feedback:
If you've participated, please send us comments and suggestions as to what you want changed etc. Let us know and we'll make sure they're fixed / enhanced.