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November, 2008

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    The Legal file that created History...


    If you visit my blog often, you know that I love posting the history tidbits that we get in our daily newsletter at Microsoft. This section gives me a fascinating glimpse into Microsoft's history...read more to find out what I have in this edition :)

    new_mexico_certificate_LGIn the world:

    November 24, 1859 — British naturalist Charles Darwin publishes "On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection," which sells out immediately. The idea of organic evolution was not new at that point, but Darwin's theory of why it occurred was groundbreaking.

    November 21, 1971 — A hijacker calling himself D.B. Cooper parachutes from a commercial airliner into a raging thunderstorm over Washington State. Cooper was never apprehended; however, nine years later, almost $6,000 of the $200,000 in ransom money he jumped with was found on the banks of the Columbia River.

    At Microsoft:

    November 26, 1976 — The trade name "Microsoft" is registered with the Office of the Secretary of the State of New Mexico. While the name itself was determined early in 1975, its exact spelling varied over the course of the next year or so, written as MicroSoft, Micro-soft, Micro-Soft, and Microsoft.

    Here is a scanned image of the registration document, sporting Bill Gates' handwritten note to put it in the "Legal File."


    -Mithun Dhar


















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    Windows FireStarter | Dec 12th (Friday)...



    It’s been a while since we saw you at the Microsoft Conference Center -- the weather here is calling for another FireStarter Event. This time it’s Windows!
    If you are a Developer or an IT Pro you’d definitely not want to miss this event.

    We will be recording and making the entire content available for download post event.
    All the sessions in this event are presented to you by some excellent Microsoft Speakers.

    Friday, December 12, 2008
    Microsoft Conference Center
    16070 NE 36th Way

    Building 33

    Redmond, WA 98052

    8:00 am
    Event: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

    Register: https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032396693&Culture=en-US




    8:30 - 8:45 Kick off Mithun Dhar

    8:45 – 9:30

    Keynote/Why Vista!

    Chris Henley

    9:30 – 10:45

    The Case of the Unexplained

    Mark Russinovich

    10:45 – 11:00



    11:00 – 12:15

    Building Differentiated UI Applications Using Composite WPF

    Glenn Block, Bob Brumfield & David Hill

    12:15 – 1:00

    Lunch  (Provided by Microsoft)

    1:00 – 2:00

    Best Practices for Developing for Windows for Windows Standard User

    Crispin Cowan

    2:00 – 3:00

    Windows Security and Bitlocker

    Byron Hynes

    3:00 – 3:15



    3:15 – 4:00

    (Windows 7 + Windows Server 2008 R2) Teaser Session

    Byron Hynes

    4:00 – 5:00

    Windows for everyone!


    This should be a fantastic, fun filled day! We look forward to seeing you at the event…

    As always, feel free to send this to your friends and colleagues! If you have any questions don't hesitate to mail me .com" mce_href="mailto:MithunD@.com">"MithunD@<ms>.com (<ms> = microsoft)


    The entire event will also be simulcasted online. If you are not in Redmond, WA or just cannot attend the In Person Event, register at the link below and we'll send you the Live Meeting information.

    Register for the Live Meeting version: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032396930&Culture=en-US

    If you still think you can make it in person,

    Register for the In Person Event: https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032396693&Culture=en-US

    Please note that the registration capacity is limited is very limited in both the cases.

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    Seattle Code Camp - tomorrow and the day after!


    It's Code Camp time in Seattle! I have a feeling this Code Camp will be awesome. I mean, just look at the Sessions and the Speakers! What a fantastic line up.

    I hope you've Registered for it already.

    If you're there don't forget to shake hands and say 'hello' to me!

    See you there!

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    Microsoft Store


    Finally! Now you can purchase all Microsoft products directly from us.


    Announcing the Microsoft Store – the first online store where you can purchase the full selection of Microsoft products directly from the source.  

    Go to www.MicrosoftStore.com and find the largest selection of Microsoft software, devices and hardware.  There are lots of reasons to visit the store:

    · Immediate software download option with the largest download catalog of Microsoft titles

    · Simple and secure purchase – all at your fingertips

    · Most up-to-date selection of and information on your favorite Microsoft products including Xbox, Zune, Office, Windows and much more


    This is so awesome!

    -Mithun Dhar

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    11-10-1988: Hello Dave Cutler...


    History's awesome! I was just reading MS News our internal publication and saw that 20 years ago, we hired David Cutler the father of Windows NT and most of everything since then...Here's the actual article,


    In the world:

    November 15, 1867 —

    The first stock ticker debuts in New York City, revolutionizing the workings of the stock market. Using a telegraph and streams of paper tape, up-to-the minute stock prices could transmit information previously delivered by mail or messenger.

    November 10, 1969 — The pioneering educational show "Sesame Street" debuts. It would become the most widely viewed children's program in the world, airing in more than 120 countries.

    At Microsoft:

    November 10, 1988 — Microsoft announces the hiring of veteran operating system designer David Cutler to lead a team developing advanced operating systems software. This team would eventually produce Windows NT.

    David, now a senior technical fellow, is shown here with one of the cars he raced in his spare time at speeds as high as 160 miles per hour. In more recent news, David was awarded the 2007 National Medal of Technology by President Bush in September.


    And if you haven't read Showstopper - read it now! It's a fascinating book about the story of how Microsoft and Dave Cutler created Windows NT. His favorite phrase for developers who broke the builds was: "Your ass is grass and I'm the lawn mower"

    -Mithun Dhar

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    I just have one thing to say, Don't MISS THIS!




    See you there! Register today as seats are VERY limited!


    -Mithun Dhar

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    Silverlight 2 Launch Party in Portland, OR


    There's nothing like too much chocolate or too much Silverlight! No matter how many presentations I watch, I'm always left asking for more!

    On the 11th of November my colleagues Jason and Tim will be hosting a Silverlight Launch party at the PDXUX.net user group. Be sure to join them and celebrate! More details can be found at: http://pdxux.net/default.aspx 

    WHAT: November PDXUX.Net Meeting

    WHEN: Tuesday 11/11/2008
    6:30 p.m. Pizza Dinner (by Microsoft)
    7:00 p.m. Presentation

    WHERE: North (Map)
    1515 NW 19th Ave
    Portland, OR 97209

    Here's an added bonus, Erik Mork & Kelly While will also be presenting...rest assured, it'll be super entertaining.

    See you there!

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    Boise, ID MSDN Event update...



    If you've registered for the MSDN Event in Boise, ID - there's been a small update! The venue is now changed to:

    Regal Boise 21 Plus IMAX
    7709 W Overland Road
    Boise, IDAHO 83709


    The Grove Hotel
    245 S. Capitol Blvd
    Boise, IDAHO 83702

    And, If you've not yet registered go to, http://www.msdnevents.com/register.aspx

    Let me know if you have any questions! You will also receive an update notification at the email you used to register.

    Sorry for any inconvenience this might've caused!

    We look forward to seeing you at the event.



    Mithun Dhar

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