MSDN Flash - Tuesday, 17 August, 2004

MSDN Flash Australia
Hi again. No guest editorial this edition, so it's time for me to do some work! I recently returned from the TechEd 2004 in Canberra. What a great time! It was terrific meeting with all the attendees, especially since we all agreed this year's event one of the best yet. We were lucky enough to have Eric Rudder as one of the many guest speakers. Eric is the Senior Vice President of Server & Tools at Microsoft and was the guest speaker for the closing keynote, where he covered the Microsoft technology roadmap for the next few years. However, the highlight for me was a dinner we arranged for our Regional Directors, MVPs, User Group Presidents, Student Ambassadors & other Dedicated Developers, at which Eric was the special guest. A number of folks have written about this in their blogs, which I have summarised online. One of the big announcements at TechEd was the launch of Australian Maps for the Mappoint Web Service. Mappoint has been around for over 2 years, but it hasn't really been of interest to us Aussies as there were no local maps. Well this has now changed. There was a very busy booth at TechEd showing off the local maps, and people were delighted. Even better news was the announcement of a 12 month subscription to the service for MSDN subscribers. One other item of interest from TechEd 2004 was the MSDN Connection Lounge which was setup for MSDN Connection members. There are plans to make this a regular feature at MSDN events in the future, so make sure you bring along your membership card. And for those of you who aren't part of MSDN Connection, signup now. That's enough rambling from me. For those of you who came to TechEd, I thank you. For those of you who didn't, I hope to see you at a future MSDN event. Happy Coding. The lovely Frank Arrigo.Frank ArrigoRemember, feedback is always welcome to us at ausflash\

The Future of Microsoft Software
We're excited to announce the Visual Studio 2005 Beta Developer Center: the central place for you to find all the latest information about the beta versions of Visual Studio 2005.

New on Microsoft .NET Technology
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Security for Developers
Microsoft has released an update for Microsoft Exchange Server that addresses newly discovered issues with Outlook Web Access technology.LEARN MORETo learn about this update and which software is affected, review the notice on by clicking here.
MS04-026 - Vulnerability in Exchange Server 5.5 Outlook Web Access Could Allow Cross Site Scripting and Spoofing Attacks (842436). Affected Software - Exchange Server 5.5 Service Pack 4Affected Components- Outlook Web Access Update AvailabilityAn update is available to address these issues. For additional information, including Technical Details, Workarounds, answers to Frequently Asked Questions, and Update Deployment Information please read the Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for this month by clicking here.

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MSDN Flash Australia
Tuesday, 17 August, 2004
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The Future of Microsoft Software
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Security for Developers
Security Support Resources
Web Central's Free Half Day ASP.NET Workshop
Windows XP Service Pack 2 Platform SDK RC2
Security for Developers
Wicked Code: Foiling Session Hijacking Attempts
Microsoft Security Home Page
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