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  • Blog Post: Free session: Learn about Microsoft Certification

    A few of our co-workers are presenting a live session tomorrow (Thursday, Feburary 18) about how getting Microsoft certified can help you stand out in a pool of job-seekers. The session is free, and if you attended any of our live sessions for Imagine Cup 2009 you can use the same free software (Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Ready for the real world?

    Our team--Microsoft Learning--has been launching a ton of resources and special offers to help people ( including students ) work their way towards great jobs in IT, and we've just launched a brand-new offer! With the Student Second Shot package, you can pay a special student rate for a student certification...
  • Blog Post: Try before you buy: Download sample chapters from books on Windows 7

    Debating whether or when to upgrade to Windows 7? Already installed Win 7 and wondering which book(s) have the information you need to learn your way around? Let us help make up your mind: Discover the portfolio of Microsoft Press books on Windows 7 (and pick up a few pointers) with this new, free e...
  • Blog Post: Two learning opportunities: Certification and Windows 7

    Two things we like to talk about a LOT in Microsoft Learning--Windows 7 and Microsoft Certification. Check it out! Microsoft Certification: Until June 30, 2010, students in much of the world can take Microsoft Certification exams for a special student price. The list of exams associated with this...
  • Blog Post: "How can I prepare for Imagine Cup 2010?"

    We're hearing that question from a lot of you, and it's high time we posted a response. We have good news and bad news. What, you want to hear the bad news first? Okay! The bad news: At the moment, Microsoft Learning is not planning to provide an "official" worldwide curriculum for the competitions...
  • Blog Post: Develop for Windows Mobile, potentially win great prizes

    First, welcome to Imagine Cup 2010 ! We hope you're excited for this year's competition. Second, I just learned about an exciting competition for anyone interested in developing for the mobile platform. Microsoft is launching the Race to Market Challenge , a new contest daring you to create the coolest...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup finals are about to begin!

    Even if you're not traveling to Cairo for the worldwide finals of Imagine Cup 2009, there are plenty of ways you can follow and participate in the competition. A brief list is below, and if you know of other links please leave them in the comments! Read the Imagine Cup blog Watch Joe Wilson...
  • Blog Post: What's your next step?

    If you're planning to graduate and enter the job market anytime soon, you've probably started thinking about how to launch your career. If that career involves technology (and more careers involve technology each year), Microsoft Certification is a great way to show potential employers that your knowledge...
  • Blog Post: What IS this Ramp Up thing, anyway?

    Check out this blog post (which includes the video below) about the Windows Mobile Application Development track recently added to Ramp Up. This track and others are available at http://www.myrampup.com/ , and all of the developer materials in the program are free !
  • Blog Post: More virtual labs!

    These awesome opportunities just keep coming! Our colleagues in Microsoft Learning want to give participants in IT Challenge Round 2 access to even MORE virtual labs. Even if your participation in the competition has ended, you'll be able to use these Microsoft Official Academic Curriculum (MOAC) Labs...
  • Blog Post: Even more Ramp Up learning tracks!

    Looks like I jumped the gun on announcing the Windows Mobile 6 learning track --three additional developer tracks have been launched in the past two days! Check out the FOUR new tracks launched this week: Web Development with ASP.NET Move from ASP to ASP.NET Move from PHP to ASP.NET Develop...
  • Blog Post: Learn more about developing Windows Mobile 6 applications!

    The Ramp Up program has launched a new, free learning track: Develop Windows Mobile 6 Applications! The content in this track is provided by subject-matter gurus and is offered in a variety of forms ranging from articles and virtual labs to codecasts and slidecasts. Check out this and other learning...
  • Blog Post: Ready for Windows 7?

    Erwin, Joanne and I have been running an internal build of Windows 7 for months, and we LOVE it. So I'm thrilled that the Release Candidate is finally being made public! The final, official product won't be out for a while (I don't actually know when--it's a big secret :-D), but if you want to check...
  • Blog Post: New free e-book offer? Sign me up!

    Organize your photos, create exciting presentations and make your spreadsheets into something special! In this brand-new offer, you'll get access to full chapters from 8 Microsoft Press books about Office 2007 and Windows Vista. When you sign up using the link below, we'll send you a weekly email with...
  • Blog Post: We're multilingual!

    ...well, not really (I'm not, at least), but there's a brand-new widget on this page that will help us speak to you in your language. Erwin's added a "Translate this page" box on the right side of this screen which will let you translate all of the text into one of 13 languages. How did we do it?...
  • Blog Post: Book deals for you!

    Huge discounts, free downloads, and a place to hear about these things as they're announced! This post is chock-full of goodness :-) Save 40% off Microsoft Press IT Professional books : Visit any Barnes & Noble Booksellers or shop online at bn.com from now through May 5, 2009 to SAVE 40% off select...
  • Blog Post: Whoa! New competition!

    I just returned from vacation (I spent a week in two amazing and beautiful cities--if you live there, I'm jealous!) and while I was gone the Imagine Cup team announced a new competition for YOU to design the 2009 Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals website! This sounds like an amazing opportunity to get really...
  • Blog Post: Time is running out for Practice Labs!

    If you're in Round 2 of the IT Challenge, your access to the Imagine Cup Practice Labs will end Wednesday, April 1 . There's not much time left to test our brand-new learning product! If you've already tried the labs, thank you! Please help shape our new product by providing feedback using this survey...
  • Blog Post: Extended E-Reference Library access for IT Challenge Round 2 competitors!

    Great news! If you're competing in Round 2 of the IT Challenge, you should receive an email very soon (if you haven't received it already) providing you with a password to a new 6-month subsciption of E-Reference Libraries! Now you'll have access to a huge library of Microsoft Press books as you work...
  • Blog Post: The leader board awaits...

    If you haven't tried Are You Certifiable? , the new free online game testing your tech IQ, go check it out! Here's your chance to show off to the world on the leader board. You'll be going head-to-head against experienced IT experts and seasoned developers, so getting your name in lights will be even...
  • Blog Post: Design for Development Round 1 ends soon!

    If your Software Design solution is accessible from mobile phones via SMS or voice and targets end users who make less than US$8 per day , you are also eligible to enter the Design for Development award! You're allowed--encouraged, even--to submit the same project for both invitationals. It's an extra...
  • Blog Post: Questions, please! We know you've got 'em.

    As your competitions start winding down (or heating up), we want to help you answer the questions you have about Microsoft technologies. We'll have our favorites answered by Microsoft tech experts and post them for you to see. How can you send us your questions? You've got 3 options: Take the...
  • Blog Post: Check your email...

    If you participated in the IT Challenge, watch your email this weekend for some exciting announcements! Everyone who advanced to Round 2 will receive a special award from Microsoft IT Academy: you'll get to be among the first to check out a brand-new, unreleased learning product before the rest of the...
  • Blog Post: Download the February Free E-Book Offer!

    These are available until February 25, 2009 . That's soon! Download 'em now: Microsoft Visual C# 2008 Express Edition: Build a Program Now! by Patrice Pelland Make building new programming skills fun and fast with a quick-start, project-based approach. Click to download ********************...
  • Blog Post: We know you have more questions...

    We hope you enjoyed the Live Sessions we've offered over the past few months! We want to help you continue to interact with Microsoft experts as you prepare for your competitions, so send us your questions about the Microsoft technologies you’re using and we’ll answer some of them in short videos posted...
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