When you need community assistance for a Microsoft product or technology, visit the Microsoft Community Web Site where you will find links to informative webcasts, community sites, technical chats and blogs. Some of the interesting technical chats coming up over the next month that I follow include...

Windows XP General Chat (January 31, 2006 at 10:00 AM Pacific) Add to Calendar
Windows XP is Microsoft's most advanced desktop operating system. With Windows XP, home users can experience the digital world like never before, while business users can work smarter and faster. Join Microsoft experts as we engage in a fun and interactive online chat discussion about Windows XP.

Tablet PC (February 1, 2006 at 10:00 AM PAC) Add to Calendar
Windows XP Tablet PC Edition paves the way for the most versatile computing experience ever. The mobility of Tablet PC is combined with ink and speech tools to let you take your PC many more places and use it in many new ways. Join Microsoft experts as we engage in a fun and interactive online chat about Tablet PCs. Join Tablet PC experts the first Wednesday of each month at 10:00 AM Pacific as they answer your questions in an online chat.

Security in Microsoft Products (February 9 at 2:30 PM PAC) Add to Calendar
Join Mike Nash, Vice President for the Microsoft Security Business Unit, and his team of security experts each month. Microsoft is working hard to improve security and Mike and his team invite you to join them in a candid Q&A session. Ask us your tough questions; share with us what is going well and what needs improvement. This is your chance to talk up front with the leading security minds at Microsoft.

Windows XP Media Center Edition (February 16, 2006 at 11:00 AM PAC) Add to Calendar
Join Windows XP Media Center Edition experts the third Thursday of each month at 11:00 AM Pacific as they answer your questions in an online chat.

Also, there is a thread asking for feedback in the Suggestions for MSDN Forums Website, as the team is about to kick off Forums 3.0. Jana, the Forums Product Manager, is soliciting suggestions in the Forum to outline where we have room for improvement, most requested new features and thinking around the long-term direction. Click on the link and make your voice heard.

And speaking of feedback (thank you, Toby), I received some good feedback that I had taken a consumer electronic tone over the holidays. Point taken. To clarify... I posted several entries over the holidays to the issue that most people emailed me about, the one that was apparently top of mind when it came to their satisfaction with Microsoft. In this case, satisfaction was impacted with the inability to find the Xbox 360 at retail in time for Christmas/ holiday gift giving. And add to that much of my free time December was spent working and thinking about our consumer efforts.

I will return to a state of balance and harmony. ; )

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