The following links may be useful for academics:
Microsoft Research Asia Research Areas http://research.microsoft.com/research/default.aspx
Microsoft for Students http://www.microsoft.com/australia/msdn/students/
Curriculum Repository for Teaching Materials - very useful! http://www.msdnaa.net/curriculum/repository.aspx
Online Seminars from Microsoft - offers interactive training http://msdn.microsoft.com/training/seminars/
.NET Developer Jumpstart training sessions http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/using/training/seminarlabs/
If you have any good links you would like to recommend let us know.