MSDN Flash - Tuesday, 25 January, 2005

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January hots up with major developments
Deeps is back
Hey, Flash readers. Firstly, I would like to send my thoughts to all of you who had friends and families affected by the tsunami tragedy. Otherwise, I hope you had an excellent holiday.Gadget updateMost of you know I love my gadgets. Recently I got an HP HX4700 Pocket PC and the thing I instantly noticed was its VGA screen. Really nice! I've got it running Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition and some cool applications like WorldMate and Pocket Streets. With most of the Australian maps loaded, Pocket Streets will work with a GPS receiver so you can track your exact location!Portable gaming update With the buzz around new portable gaming devices, one to keep an eye on is the Gizmondo. The Gizmondo is powered by Windows CE and has Windows Media 9.0 so you can not just play games but play your favourite music and videos as well. Other cool features include its GPS tracker, 128-bit Nvidia 3-D graphics accelerator, Camera and GPRS for wireless gaming.Check it out at updateThe Imagine Cup is well underway with keen students working hard on their projects. Lucky students in most Imagine Cup categories had their deadline extended to 1 April.The number of Microsoft .NET technology courses is rising in 2005. The University of Swinburne in Victoria will be offering seven Microsoft .NET technology courses - from Introduction to Programming to Enterprise .NET. And the University of Technology in Sydney is offering four. All the .NET courses across Australia will be listed on our new student Web site - which is coming soon. So stay tuned.Plus watch out for Microsoft and the new Xbox Ute at 'O' week on Uni campuses in NSW. The Xbox Ute has been retrofitted as a touring games centre - pics are in the events section on the official Australian Halo 2 Web site.Enjoy the rest of January. I'll see you later.Pradeepa De Silva(Deeps) Academic Manager

Featured Articles
The Windows security updates for January 2005 include several important updates for Microsoft Windows and some installations of Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1, a component of Windows. Click here to install or for more information.
If you are an MSDN Connection member, just by bringing your membership card to the Security Summit, you can access the MSDN Lounge and all its exclusive facilities. If you are not yet a member, we encourage you to join so you won't miss out on future benefits.Click for more information on MSDN Connection.

Training and events
Register now. Places filling fast. If you'd like to sharpen your skills at the Microsoft Security Summit 2005, then you better be quick, places are filling fast. The Summit includes an extensive look at the new team development environment 'Visual Studio Team System', now in BETA, and the major advantages it could give you across all application development lifecycle stages. Topics include 'Source Control and Work Item Tracking', 'Tools for Quality Code' and a presentation on 'Yukon'. You'll also have the opportunity to liaise with Microsoft staff and technical specialists, and enjoy exclusive Summit offers from Microsoft Partners in the exhibition area. Running in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra and Perth, the Summit is complimentary - with no charge to attend. So you and your team can come all day or just to the sessions in the agenda which interest you. Some sessions are already full and the others are filling fast, so click here and register today.
Ever had a problem where you've thought: "I wonder how Don Jones would handle this? Or Sally McGee and John Wittry? Or maybe Jeremy Moskowitz?" Well, wonder no more. Simply by attending our Webcasts, you can hear it straight from the developer's mouth. Whether you're a level 100, 200 or 300, you'll find information to make you a better developer.Click here for a full list of sessions.
Run Access applications? Faced with the decision to upgrade or migrate to Microsoft SQL Server and/or Microsoft .NET technology? This two-day, hands-on workshop with Adam Cogan will help you understand your options and how to proceed with confidence. Learn to convert Access applications to be more reliable and scalable. Make your applications easier to back up, easier to put on the Web and easier to scale to an Enterprise level.Register now for better access to Microsoft Access.

Fresh from the Web
Back in our September 2004 edition we introduced you to the Smart Client Developer Centre. This great resource offers you technologies ranging from the Microsoft .NET Compact Framework to Microsoft Office System application. And now it's been updated. We've added a whole lot of new content around Visual Tools for Office, which we are sure you will find useful. Click here to check it out.

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MSDN Flash Australia
Tuesday, 25 January, 2005
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Register for the Imagine Cup 2005
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Product Updates
Stay up-to-date with downloadable Visual Studio .NET and .NET Framework updates and enhancements.
Service Packs
Find critical service packswith the latest fixes and product enhancements.
Featured MSDN Downloads
Download Service Pack 2 of Web Services Enhancements (WSE)
Critical Updates for Windows, Exchange, Office
Support Tools Available For Stress Testing & Performance Analysis
SQLXML 3.0 Service Pack 3 (SP3)
Featured MSDN Code Samples
Using Role-Based Security with Web Services Enhancements 2.0
XrossOne Mobile GDI+ for the Microsoft .NET Compact Framework
Viewing Multiple Picture Attachments in Outlook 2003
Developer Communities
Technical Support
Security for Developers
*NEW* .NET Passport 2.5 Software Development Kit: Software and Documentation
*NEW* Windows XP Service Pack 2: The Inside Story
*NEW* Microsoft's Strategy for Addressing Spyware and Other Potentially unwanted software
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