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February, 2009

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    Windows 7 RC Changes...


    You love Windows 7 Beta, well wait for the RC! The Windows Product Group posted a nice compile of changes/tweeks based on YOUR feedback that's making into the RC!

    Read it all here - http://blogs.msdn.com/e7/archive/2009/02/26/some-changes-since-beta.aspx

    While we are at the issue of Windows 7 release, it would help us evangelists a lot if you can provide some feedback about what you would like us to do post/during the release. Of course, there will be a lot of Events/Webcasts covering what's latest and greatest in Windows 7 from a Developer and IT Pro perspective. If you have any other suggestions, let us know.


    Suggestions can me mailed to mithund at msft (microsoft) dot com or left as a suggestion on my blog.


    -Mithun Dhar

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    Internet Explorer 8 FireStarter (IE8 FireStarter)| March 26th 2009| Redmond, WA/Online...


    It's time for the next FireStarter event! We have an excellent line up of speakers for our up coming Internet Explorer 8 FireStarter event. The event will take place in Redmond, WA @ The Redwest E building (Emerald Auditorium) between 8:15 AM and 5:00 PM.

    Space is limited for this event, so if you plan on attending in person please register as soon as possible. We will also be broadcasting the entire event online. We will set up the links for online viewing soon. Watch this space for updates regarding online viewing.

    Register Now: https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032406308&culture=en-US 

    Register by Phone

    Event ID:

    Here's the agenda:


    Session Name


    8:15 – 8:30

    Kick off

    Mithun Dhar

    8:30 – 9:30

    Keynote – A lap around IE8

    Dean Hachamovitch

    9:30 – 10:00

    Creating value with IE8

    Giorgio Sardo

    10:00 – 10:15


    10:15 – 11:45

    Trustworthy Browsing in Internet Explorer 8

    Eric Lawrence

    11:45 – 12:30


    Provided by Microsoft

    12:30 – 1:30

    Designing cross-browser websites using <secret tool>

    Steven Guttman

    1:30 – 2:00

    Application Performance with IE8

    John Hrvatin

    2:00 – 2:15



    2:15 - 3:15

    Compatibility & Migration

    Michel Barnett

    3:15 – 3:45

    IE8 Deployment

    Michel Barnett

    3:45 - 4:00



    4:00 – 5:00

    Browser War 2.0

    David Tesar

    As always, If you have any questions - feel free to contact me mithund@msft.com (Expand MSFT - Microsoft)

    Looking forward to seeing you at the event!

    -Mithun Dhar

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    Seattle, Azure User Group Kickoff


    The cloud seems to be getting bigger and bigger as each day passes!

    Neudesic is setting up Cloud User Groups around the country. Our first User Group meeting in Seattle is this evening (apologies for the late post!) at Lincoln Square in Room # 27004. You will need a card key to enter so if you are going to be there look for a sign posted up near the elevator with my phone number. Call and we'll come down and get you.

    Here's more information about this evenings Seattle, Azure User Group:

    Website: http://www.azureusergroup.com/

    Registration: http://www.azureusergroup.com/group/seattleazureusergroup 

    Where: Lincoln Square - Downtown Bellevue

    When: 6:00 to 8:00 PM

    Meet us at the elevator and we'll huddle up the elevator soon after...

    See you there!

    -Mithun Dhar

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    Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Releases...


    A couple weeks ago Microsoft silently announced the availability of OCS 2007 R2. If you are following the communication space, this is a very significant release for Microsoft. I personally believe that Unified Communications is the next wave in telecommunications. It's as significant an invention as the Telephone itself. Come to think of it, not much has changed the way we communicate using a telephone. Apart from the form factor, and going wireless it still is a push and pull method of communicating. Apple proved from a consumer perspective that we are at a cusp of marrying software and telecommunications. I need not stress about what makes the iPhone, iPhone! People no longer want to just communicate but they want to be smart about it.

    Microsoft Unified communications (UC) is doing just that - Marrying software and telco together! In doing so, it's opening a huge market for customizations and applications that best be known to all the developers out there. No one imagined, the iFart application or the iBeer application to be a best seller app...I bet with opening up the platform for UC and empowering developers across the world to write applications, enterprises will see a surge in applications that will make their employees more productive.

    If you haven't already seen the Virtual Launch, take a peek.

    Check out Microsoft’s first ever Virtual Product Launch for the release of Office Communications Server 2007 R2 at www.OCSR2LAUNCH.com.  Here you will find all kinds of useful and exciting content such as the dynamic Keynote by Stephen Elop focusing on Microsoft’s vision and momentum in enterprise communications, with customer stories and product demonstrations.  You can also:

    · Discover the new product capabilities in the Product Discovery area.

    · Visit the Breakout Sessions area to get a deeper understanding of the product.

    · Watch customer stories in the Case Studies area to hear firsthand accounts of the momentum.

    · Learn about our Sponsors in the Partner Pavilion and see the opportunities for your company. 

    · Download product, partner and case study collateral through an electronic Backpack.

    · Sign up for a 5 Day Trial of Office Communications Server 2007 R2 with no server installation

    Take a sneak peek at some of the teaser videos on the web at:  http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=OCSR2Launch&view=videos

    And, if you want to try this service for free for five days: Sign up HERE! (You'll get a 30 day free trial with more functionality if you chose to...)

    Get on the bandwagon before you see it...Microsoft UC is the next billion dollar business for Microsoft!

    -Mithun Dhar

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    World's coolest pencil sharpner...


    Gosh! This is what happens when I'm not asleep at midnight on a Sunday...spend too much time on digg/reddit/something like that...

    Anyway, I just couldn't not share this with you fella's...

    It's so beautiful to just watch it! Aaaah...I might just go to bed now!

    -Mithun Dhar

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    geekSpeak with Chris Brandsma


    Come join us on March 4th (@ Noon PST) as we talk about jQuery and ASP.NET Web forms with Chris Brandsma.

    If you are in Boise, you already know Chris. For others I've worked with Chris before and I can assure you this will be a very entertaining geekSpeak session.

    I'm looking forward to this episode of geekSpeak...

    Register: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032404813&Culture=en-US 

    -Mithun Dhar

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    Our elegant universe...


    As seen by geeks...


    Download the .NET Framework 4 Poster PDF for high quality printing. (Courtesy Brad Abrams!)

    And, satiate yourself with a DeepZoom version! (use your mouse wheel or click and control-click to zoom in and out) (Courtesy Brad Abrams!)

    -Mithun Dhar

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    Seattle Cloud Camp | Feb 28th | Pac Med Building (Amazon HQ), Seattle, WA



    Cloud Computing is a hot topic today! Here’s a chance to participate in a community event that focuses on it:  CloudCamp in Seattle, Feb 28th

    CloudCamp is an unconference so you will hear “live comments” from people, not carefully prepared corporate jargon.  It is where attendees can exchange ideas, knowledge and information in a creative and supporting environment, advancing the current state of cloud computing and related technologies.

    - So come join us

    - Ask your toughest questions; jump in on the discussion!

    - And meet people like yourself who see the next big wave in cloud computing

    Most importantly, come prepared with a lot of questions! Your participation is quintessential!

    You can read more about, get the agenda, Register, etc HERE: http://www.cloudcamp.com/seattle/


    Amazon.com (Pacific Medical Building)

    1200 12th Ave S

    Seattle, 98144

    Register Now!

    Tell your friends about this event too so that we get a great mix of people from startups, local companies and software vendors.  See you there!

    -Mithun Dhar

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    Architect Council coming to a city near you...


    If you are an Architect you will benefit a lot by attending these Architect Council sessions! These are presented by my two good colleagues, Joe Shirey and Woody Pewitt


    12:15 PM Arrival
    12:30 PM Lunch and announcements
    01:00 PM The Value of the Client
    01:45 PM The Changing Face of the Web
    02:45 PM Creating Powerful Applications on Computers and Devices
    03:45 PM The Future of the Client
    04:15 PM Raffle and close


    To register, please click on the link below for the city of your choice or call 1.877.MSEVENT (1.877.673.8368).

    March 24, 2009 | Bellevue, WA
    Microsoft Corporation
    Civica Office Building
    205 108th Avenue NE, Suite 400
    Bellevue, WA 98004
    Main: 425.705.1900
    Registration Link: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032399661&Culture=en-US
    Event ID: 1032399661
    *Referral code not required to register.*


    For more information, you can read my colleague Sam Chenaur's blog post.

    As always, if you have any questions - let me know!


    -Mithun Dhar

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    Windows Mobile 6.5, My Phone and a Market place for your apps announced today!


    WM_homepage_PM Finally! We announced the upcoming Mobile OS - Windows Mobile 6.5! Some of the basic changes are, it makes the phone more 'touch' friendly and makes browsing more easier. You can read about it here - http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2009/feb09/02-16MWCPR.mspx 

    What got me excited more than the OS was the 'My Phone' announcement. How many times have we lost contacts, or wished we were able to view the pics on our phone directly on the web. We now can with My Phone. Essentially, its a cloud service that stores all the information on your phone in a server. With automatic synching and back up, you can be assured that all the information you choose to back up will be available on the cloud for anytime access. This makes upgrading phones so much more easier. And best of all, this service is FREE! Yeah, Free! WMPhotos-Screen_lg

    .NET Developers of the world, Unite! The Windows Mobile Market Place is here! We can now put use to our .NET programming skills and write applications for our Windows Mobile phones. With our tight integration with the developer and partner ecosystem, selling these apps will be made real easy and guaranteed you will have the best bang for the buck! Rest assured, we will keep the process simple and clean. No more neo-nazi stuff of what applications go in and what not.

    Additional information about Microsoft at Mobile World Congress 2009 is available on the Microsoft MWC Web page at http://www.windowsmobile.com/mobileworldcongress.

    For all smart phone users this is a day to rejoice! :)

    -Mithun Dhar

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