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EnergizeIT Shows Why Anything is Possible Within the Canadian IT Community

Hosted by Microsoft Canada, annual event is designed to educate, recognize leaders in the community, and showcase the latest technologies

MISSISSAUGA, ON – May 20, 2008 – Microsoft Canada Co.’s annual EnergizeIT event will provide more than 2,000 IT professionals, developers, designers, architects, students and IT enthusiasts with a free, day-long forum where they can test-drive new software, share ideas, showcase their innovation and discuss career growth. Hosted by the TechNet and MSDN teams at Microsoft Canada, EnergizeIT takes place on Saturday May 24th at the Toronto Congress Center between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Themed Anything is Possible, EnergizeIT 2008 will feature informational breakout sessions, keynotes by Mark Relph, Vice President of Developer Tools and Platform Group, Microsoft Canada and Lutz Ziob, General Manager of Microsoft Learning, as well as a series of hands-on labs. Some of the featured technologies include Windows Server ®2008, Visual Studio® 2008, Expression® Studio and the Silverlight™ browser plug-in. Phil Sorgen, President, Microsoft Canada, will also be presenting awards to the winners of the TechNet and MSDN Code Awards.

EnergizeIT will also demonstrate the impact technology is having on business and consumer lifestyles and provide the IT community with career resources. A recent study by the Strategic Counsel found that 90 per cent of Canadian executives and IT professionals agree that Canada is experiencing an IT skills shortage, while 85 per cent of IT students said they want a challenging work environment that will allow them to innovate.

“Given the impressive array of innovative new technologies that have to come to market over the past 12 months, there has never been a more exciting time to be in IT,” says Mark Relph, vice president of developer tools and platform group, Microsoft Canada. “Microsoft is proud to be hosting such a unique, community –based event that allows attendees to share knowledge, strengthen their careers and keep the Canadian IT sector strong.”

EnergizeIT 2008 Agenda:

9:30am – 11:45am Keynote Session

· Opening keynote by Mark Relph, Vice President of Developer Tools and Platform Group, Microsoft Canada

· Presentation of TechNet and MSDN Code Awards winners by Phil Sorgen, President, Microsoft Canada

· Morning session keynote by Lutz Ziob, General Manager of Microsoft Learning

· Technology Showcase

12:30pm – 4:30pm Breakout Sessions

· Afternoon tracks and corresponding sessions (choice of: Developer Track, IT Pro Track, Consumer Track, Career Track, Security Track and Partner Track)

· Hands on Labs

Featured Technologies:

· Windows Server 2008

· Visual Studio 2008

· SQL Server® 2008

· System Center

· Windows Vista and the 2007 Office system

· Windows Live™

· Expression Studio

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