If you are ever as impatient and frustrated as me then the Dial A Human service will save you a lot of grief! I just got off a long branch of 'press 1 to go here', 'Press 2 to go here', so on and so forth call...after 18 minutes of super frustration, I hung up and searched the web to find this awesome service...
I'm not sure how current the list is...but if you have any anomalies be sure to write to them by sending an email: HelloHuman@DialAHuman.com
By the way, here's how to reach Microsoft - 800‑936‑5700 - Press 0. (Simple eh!)
The irony of it all is, I used to sell the platform for these IVR systems in my past life at Microsoft as a Technical Sales Specialist for the Office Communication Server/Speech Server.
Karma is a bad, but sure thing!
Amongst several cool announcements at CES this year, One stood out - Windows 7. I'm stoked about this beta release for many reasons. For one, it's one of the best beta releases Microsoft has ever done. And, I mean every ounce of every word that I just said.
If you attended my event - Windows FireStarter and sent me a mail requesting for a Windows 7 beta DVD, then it's on its way to you by now. If you didn't attend or didn't send me a mail, then I suggest you download a copy NOW! Note that the downloads are limited.
Phew! I'm sure I'll have a busy weekend geeking out on the awesomeness of Windows 7.
I know the download sites have been crammed - If you attended the Windows FireStarter event on December 12th. Send me a mail with your:
Name & Shipping Address...
We'll ship you a copy of Windows 7 beta. Of course, we'll be cross checking our registration details for validity. You can mail the details to - mithund a t m i c r o s o f t d o t c o m
Brandon LeBlanc, our Communication Manager from the Windows Product team posted a blog updating the dates and deadlines for the broad availability of Windows 7 Beta. If you are a TechNet or MSDN Subscriber this doesn't apply to you!
The entire blog post is useful and can be read HERE.
The gist of the post is as follows:
The shutdown of general availability for the Windows 7 Beta will occur in 3 phases over the course of the next few weeks:
Product keys for the Windows 7 Beta will continue to be available. So if you have the Windows 7 Beta but didn’t get a product key you will be able to do so even after February 12th.
In short, if you haven't already downloaded a copy, do so now! And, please do provide feedback...
The Ramp Up program (www.MyRampUp.com) has just launched a brand-new learning track: SharePoint for Developers, Part 2.
The easy-to-access content (provided by subject-matter gurus) is specifically tailored to the Ramp Up program, and offered in a variety of forms (article, v-lab, codecast and slidecast). This SharePoint track, along with the other currently offered tracks (eg, Visual Studio 2008), teaches the important skills in a guided path, making the learning process easier and more efficient. Currently, there are no assessments in the program, so it's quicker than ever to graduate and receive the reward (25% off on certification and 50% off on e-Learning - only for graduates of Ramp Up). Check out the program (and the new and improved site!), and learn something you can use right away!
Free training's are awesome!
Here are the links:
SharePoint for Developers - Part 1: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/rampup/dd221355.aspx
SharePoint for Developers - Part 2: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/rampup/dd320759.aspx
My good friend Zain is a Second Life junkie! He's done some amazing stuff in SL! And, now he's organized an event in SL with Nancy Duarte talking about Slide:ology! If you've read her book you already know that your time is well spent watching this session.
Sign up soon as seating is limited...
Click here: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032400632&EventCategory=2&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US
See you in Second Life!
You asked it and we did it! This is collaboration people... real time collaboration :) We got feedback from the community requesting in depth training's for Developers. The XAML fest will offer in depth training AND hands on labs for developers to get up to speed on Silverlight, WPF, and the other nice tools.
Are you already jumping in joy? Hold on! There's more...We are giving away a copy of Expression Studio 2 and Visual Studio 2008 to every attendee.
Here's a simple way to Register - mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
3850 148th Ave NE Redmond, WA 98052
3850 148th Ave NE
Redmond, WA 98052
Note: To make sure that all attendees benefit from the Hands on Labs we are restricting the # of attendees to 50. So you are guaranteed to have personal attention and help during the event. Register ASAP!
As always if you have questions, feel free to email me.
XamlFest -- come as you are, leave Xamlized :)
And they say we are in-different to Web Developers...
Microsoft today announced another great tool to make the lives of Web Developers simpler.
The Microsoft Web Platform Installer is a free tool that makes it simple to download and install the latest components of the Microsoft Web Platform, including Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0 and 7.0, SQL Server 2008 Express, .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 and Visual Web Developer 2008 Express SP1. The Web Platform Installer offers a single installer to help you obtain the software you need to build and run a complete Web solution on the Microsoft Web platform, whether you are using Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, or Windows Server 2008. In addition, the Web Platform Installer checks online to ensure the most current versions and new additions to the Microsoft Web Platform are downloaded.
At a high level:
For more information on this tool: http://www.microsoft.com/web/channel/products/WebPlatformInstaller.aspx
To download IIS, IIS Extensions, .NET Framework, Visual Web Developer 2008, SQL Server 2008, ASP.NET MVC and Silverlight Tools, etc use the following link: http://www.microsoft.com/web/downloads/
You can also learn more about the Microsoft Web Application Installer (beta) here: http://www.microsoft.com/web/channel/products/WebApplicationInstaller.aspx - Essentially, The Microsoft Web AI provides support for popular ASP.Net and PHP Web applications including Graffiti, DotNetNuke, WordPress, Drupal, OSCommerce and more.
And lastly, here's one important FAQ that all Web Developers should know...
What is the Microsoft Web Platform?
The Microsoft Web Platform is a powerful set of tools, servers and technologies (including PHP and .NET Open Source Applications) optimized for building and hosting next generation Web applications. In addition, it’s free.
The Windows FireStarter event recordings are now available. Please note that these are the Live Meeting recordings and not the actual Video Recordings. The actual Video Recordings will also be made available shortly.
To download the recordings:
1. Click the <Session Title> 2. Enter your details in the Live Meeting Page (Just your Name. The Meeting ID and Key is set to default) 3. Download the format best suited for you.
1. Click the <Session Title>
2. Enter your details in the Live Meeting Page (Just your Name. The Meeting ID and Key is set to default)
3. Download the format best suited for you.
Windows FireStarter Agenda/Download links:
The Case of the Unexplained
Building Differentiated UI Applications Using Composite WPF
Bob Brumfield & David Hill
Open up your Apps with MEF
Best Practices for Developing for Windows for Windows Standard User
Windows Security and Bitlocker
(Windows 7 + Windows Server 2008 R2) Teaser Session
Windows for everyone!
Also, please note that if you have registered for the Windows FireStarter event and if you have provided the correct address (shipping) we are going to ship you a copy of Windows 7 Beta. If you need to update the address, please let me know.
We are looking forward to seeing you at the Next FireStarter event.
If you are already getting your hands dirty with Azure stuff this announcement on their blog is stuff worthy of a toast! A new refresh of the Azure SDK and Azure tools for Visual Studio was announced. Go get em!
Download the Windows Azure SDK - CTP January 2009 Download the Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio - CTP January 2009
Download the Windows Azure SDK - CTP January 2009
Download the Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio - CTP January 2009
And, if you are looking for some free training's to get started on writing applications on the Azure platform, be sure to sign up for an upcoming MSDN Event near you - www.msdnevents.com
Here's What we'll be covering:
SESSION 1 | Demystifying Azure: An Overview of the Azure Services Platform for Developers
The Azure™ Services Platform (Azure) is an Internet-scale cloud services platform with an operating system and developer services set that can be used individually or together. Hosted in Microsoft data centers, Azure’s flexible and interoperable platform can help you build new applications to run from the cloud or to enhance existing applications with cloud-based capabilities. With open architecture, Azure gives developers the ability to build Web applications, and applications running on connected devices, PCs, servers, and hybrid solutions that offer the best of online and on-premises functionality. Confused about the Azure hype? Come discover and demystify the Azure concepts, and see demos of Azure in action with a variety of services.
By attending this session, you’ll learn:
Need more? Attend a Azure User Group near you... http://www.azureusergroup.com/
Finally, if you are interested in a learning more about Azure and attending a FREE one day event focused on Azure for Developers write me a note.
Well, I've been getting a lot of mails requesting deep dive training on Silverlight. Here's a great one - https://registration.sftsrc.com/
This is a fantastic and informative way to learn about Silverlight. I've personally worked with Shaun McAravey and Patrick Cauldwell - both of them are excellent speakers and instructors. You are guaranteed to have a fun and informative event.
The agenda looks like this:
You can read about the abstracts, Register and find more information at - https://registration.sftsrc.com/
February 10, 2009 February 12, 2009
Hyatt Regency Bellevue University Place Hotel &
900 Bellevue Way NE Conference Center
Bellevue, WA 98004 310 SW Lincoln St
Portland, OR 97201
See you there!