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[Default] Evaluation Center

Experience the New MSDN Evaluation Center Register to download software and receive regular updates during the evaluation period, directing you to technical resources, including how-tos, webcasts, downloads, virtual labs, and more.
Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007 is Now Available for Evaluating Extend this comprehensive suite of applications to deliver solutions that make data and processes more accessible and relevant to users. Sign up and receive updates on newly released technical resources. Tech Resource Preview: Office 2007 Open XML File Formats
Try Out SharePoint Server 2007 and SharePoint Designer 2007 Create and customize Microsoft SharePoint Web sites and build workflow-enabled applications built on SharePoint technologies. While you evaluate them, enjoy technical resources put together to enhance your evaluation experience. Tech Resource Preview: What's New In Window's SharePoint 3.0, Installing Office Server 2007

[Default] Spotlight on: Windows Vista

Watch Bill Gates' Keynote Speech on the Microsoft Office System, Windows Vista, and Exchange Server 2007 Visit the Ready for a New Day Resource Center to learn more from Bill Gates about the new releases.
Innovate on Windows Vista Put your solutions on a fast track to success by qualifying for the Certified for Windows Vista logo. Get plenty of assistance along the way as you develop new solutions on this advanced platform.
Microsoft ASP.NET Connections/ Visual Studio Connections / SQL Server Magazine Connections / SharePoint Connections March 25 - 28, Orlando, FL Come learn about ASP.NET 2.0 and Atlas, Windows Vista and .NET Framework 3.0 development, Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005, and more.
Windows Vista: Build More Secure Applications Windows Vista offers substantial new capabilities in security, performance, reliability, and manageability. Tune in to these webcasts and learn how its focus on secure development can help you. Take part in our Windows Vista virtual labs and apply what you've learned in a guided, hands-on environment.
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[Default] Spotlight on: the 2007 Microsoft Office System

Watch Bill Gates' Keynote Speech on the Microsoft Office System, Windows Vista, and Exchange Server 2007 Visit the Ready for a New Day Resource Center to learn more from Bill Gates about the new releases.
2007 Microsoft Office System Update: Redistributable Primary Interop Assemblies Download a Microsoft Windows Installer package that contains the Primary Interop Assemblies for 2007 Microsoft Office system products.
InfoPath 2007 Developer Reference for Managed Code Find overviews, programming tasks, samples, and class library reference information to guide you in developing solutions based on InfoPath using managed code (Visual Basic or C#).
Using XPath Explorer to Unlock Data in Word Open XML Files Bill Coan introduces XPath Explorer, a new tool that you can use to view the XML element hierarchy in any XML file, including Word 2003 and Word 2007 XML files.
Guide to the InfoPath 2007 Developer Documentation Learn about the object models and development options available in InfoPath 2007, and find out where the conceptual, procedural, and class library reference topics are located.
Publisher 2007 Developer Reference Find conceptual overviews, programming tasks, samples, and references to guide you in developing solutions based on Publisher.
Implementing Week Numbering Systems and Date/Time Representations in Excel 2007 Learn about the four different week-numbering systems available in Microsoft Office Excel and how to use them.
InfoPath 2007 Training Labs Get step-by-step training and downloadable samples illustrating InfoPath 2007 features.
Sample: InfoPath 2007 Training Labs
Lab 1: Publishing an InfoPath 2007 Form Template to a Server Running InfoPath Forms Services
Lab 2: Deploying and Managing InfoPath 2007 Forms
Lab 3: Integrating InfoPath 2007 with the Data Connection Library
Lab 4: Enabling Digital Signatures in InfoPath 2007 Form Templates
Lab 5: Importing Word Forms into InfoPath 2007
Lab 6: Using InfoPath 2007 E-mail Forms
Lab 7: Restricting Permissions to InfoPath 2007 Forms and Form Templates
Lab 8: Using the InfoPath 2007 Object Model and Visual Studio Tools for Applications
Lab 9: Designing InfoPath 2007 Forms for Mobile Web Browsers
Lab 10: Creating and Inserting InfoPath 2007 Template Parts
Lab 11: Integrating InfoPath 2007 Forms in Web Sites Using Visual Studio
Lab 12: Using SharePoint Server Workflows with InfoPath 2007
Play Master Plan 2007 and Learn What's New in Visio 2007 Play Master Plan 2007 and see some new and improved features of Visio 2007 and Project 2007. Then enter for a chance to play the Master Plan 2007 game on the streets of London or Amsterdam with three of your friends. After entering, you'll receive a free DVD featuring over 8 hours of training.
2007 Microsoft Office System Virtual Labs Take part in these virtual labs and see how the 2007 Microsoft Office system delivers a new level of programmability and extensibility to Office client applications. This month, enjoy our new labs covering Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 programmability and Business Data Catalog in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Virtual labs are simple, with no complex setup or installation. Also, watch our 2007 Microsoft Office system MSDN webcasts.

[Default] Spotlight on: Expression Web

Microsoft Expression Web Learn how to create rich Web sites, manipulate links and images, and work with style sheets in our two new Microsoft Expression Web virtual labs. You can complete these free hands-on labs in 90 minutes or less and walk away with a better understanding of how these professional design tools give you greater flexibility to create sophisticated applications and content. Also, watch our Expression webcasts.

[News for Students] News for Students

There is nothing more exciting than the small tools, gadgets, and gizmos that provide a task or service that simplifies or enhances your life; it's like finding that one little rattle in your car that you just couldn't locate for the last few months. Technically speaking, gadgets are mini-applications that live on your Live.com homepage or Windows Sidebar and provide games, Web shortcuts, weather, or any other type of real-time info you may need or want.

Windows Live Gallery has a number of fun gadgets to start looking through before you get started developing. The Wikipedia gadget makes using Wikipedia quick and easy by enabling search directly from your sidebar. Outlook Info has all the daily information you could want, from unread mail to tasks and appointments. Calvin and Hobbes generates a flyout comic strip for each click.

Gadget development is a bit manual, but worth the effort. There are a number of good tutorials for getting started with gadgets. The MSDN Gadget Overview contains an introduction and overview for your first Hello World gadget. Coding4fun walks you through the steps to create an E-mail gadget that tracks the number of unread messages in the Windows Sidebar. Gadgets are developed using HTML, XML, and JavaScript.

The Code Project has a competition for cool and fun gadgets if you need a little more motivation to get started. They are also having a Vista API competition if you prefer to explore Vista from a different angle.

If you need to install Vista before getting started with gadget development find a Campus Launch Event near you where there are copies of Vista and Office being raffled. Get Vista for free if your department is enrolled in the MSDN Academic Alliance, or check to see if your local book store participates in Student Select for discounts coming later this spring.

March Campus Launch Events
Microsoft is making its biggest product launch ever and we are bringing it to your campus!

Come to this event to learn more about Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system. You will get a firsthand look at Vista and Office, hear about these new products from Microsoft speakers, and learn how they can help you have more time, do better in school, and get a great job. You will also have the chance to win great prizes!

March 13, 5:00 P.M. - Georgia Institute of Technology, Computing Building Auditorium, Atlanta, GA
March 13, 7:00 P.M. - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT Grier Room (34-401) A&B, MIT Building 34, Cambridge, MA
March 20, 3:00 P.M. - University of Central Florida, UCF Student Union Key West Room 218AB, BLD 52, Orlando, FL
March 20, 3:30 P.M. - State University of New York, Buffalo, Student Union, North Campus, Buffalo, NY
March 20, 5:00 P.M. - University of Colorado, Boulder, Math 100 at CU Boulder Campus, Boulder, CO
March 23, 12:30 P.M. - University of Texas, Arlington, Nedderman Hall, Room 106, Arlington, TX
March 28, 10:00 A.M. - Cornell University, Upson Hall, Ithaca, NY
March 28, 6:00 P.M. - Clemson University, Bracket Hall Room 100, Clemson, SC

Web Resources

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[Default] Developing the Virtual Earth 3D Control The Virtual Earth 3D control is a new for visualizing the entire world in three dimensions. Implemented as a managed control, it allows seamless integration with Web sites or standalone applications. The Microsoft .NET Framework security model gives users the capability of dynamically loading plug-ins to supply data, but restricts them to execution in a partial-trust environment.
[Security] [ASP.NET] Validating ASP.NET Query Strings ASP.NET applications don't have to link each and every page being secured to the authentication module of choice. Everything can be done declaratively through the web.config file and a bunch of external resources, such as the login page and the membership database.

April 30 - May 2, Las Vegas, NV If you're interested in Microsoft's Web strategy and mobility and embedded strategy, for only US$395 more you can go to both MIX and MEDC breakout sessions at the Venetian Hotel. Register for MIX and you'll be asked if you also want to go to our Mobile and Embedded DevCon (MEDC). Early-bird discount ends March 15.
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April 3 - 5, Redmond, WA Learn how to leverage Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 and optimize your existing products for virtual environments.
Learn with award-winning training from AppDev. Each CD includes three hours of training with a retail value of US$115.
Learn about the latest Microsoft development tools for public sector developers. Be sure to check out this month's upcoming webcast schedule.
Get a free assessment of your application development capabilities. Fill the survey and one of our experts will contact you.
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Discover the business value of Microsoft's newest Web technologies, including ASP.NET AJAX, WPF/E, and the Expression Suite, and how they can propel your business to the next level.
Note: these seminars will be available for on-demand viewing for a limited time after the dates posted.
The Visual Studio 2005 SDK v4.0 includes new introductory tutorials and updated samples to make it easier to integrate your applications with Visual Studio.
May 21 - 22, Atlantic City, NJ Developers and architects will gain insight into Microsoft technologies such as the .NET Framework 3.0, Windows Vista, and 2007 Microsoft Office system.
Microsoft .NET Developer ConferencesCome join us for a full day of Developer-oriented technical sessions on Microsoft .NET 3.0 and Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals. There is no fee to attend. The Developer Conference in Washington DC will be held in conjunction with FOSE 2007.
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Attend the new Visual Basic 2005 labcasts and get a complimentary copy of Visual Studio 2005 Standard Edition.
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March 12, 13, and 19 - 9:00 A.M. Pacific time This Web seminar series will take an in depth look at the latest technologies that will allow you to build your applications on the Windows Mobile platform, Visual Studios 2005, and SQL Server 2005 Mobile Edition.
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March 20, 21, 22, 23, 10:00 A.M. Pacific time Learn about the new features and technologies that will enhance your development capabilities and IT infrastructure.
March 19 - 23 Attend this free 5-day online and in-person event and find information and tools for managing finances, reaching customers, increasing productivity, and improving security.

Security for Developers

[Security] New Book: Writing Secure Code for Windows Vista Michael Howard and David LeBlanc have just wrapped up their new book. Get a slight foretaste to whet your appetites.

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Downloads

[Visual FoxPro | XBase] Microsoft Visual FoxPro "Sedna" - Community Technology Preview (CTP) February 2007

Case Studies, KB Articles, & How-tos

[.NET Framework] [Microsoft Office Solutions] [Visual Studio 2005] Government Agency Improves Efficiency in Fraud Investigation The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) of Massachusetts used Visual Studio 2005 Tools for the Microsoft Office System and the .NET Framework 3.0 to reduce data-collection times by 75 percent.
[Default] How the changes to daylight saving time (DST) in 2007 affect the .NET Framework and ASP.NET

TÜV NORD analyzed its SAP deployment, which is hosted on SQL Server 2005, and found that it benefited from 56 percent lower database administration costs than industry average, and that it enjoyed a 37 percent lower total cost of ownership.
The Kruuse Group turned from Oracle to SQL Server 2005 for its business intelligence system. It now hosts 5 data cubes instead of 1, and 30 standard reports instead of 3. Customizations that took two weeks are now implemented whenever needed.
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Partner News

[.NET Framework] [ASP.NET] Drag and Drop Scheduling Solutions for .NET and ASP.NET ComponentOne Studio Enterprise 2007 is a comprehensive component toolset for Windows, Web, mobile, and ASP.NET AJAX-enabled applications. Free trial.

Dundas Chart is now available for SharePoint 2007. View our gallery, demos, and download a full evaluation copy today.
Dr. David Pensak, founder of V.i. Labs, will host a session at SD West 2007, March 22, Santa Clara Convention Center.
IdeaBlade announces its DevForce 3.4 enterprise application framework for .NET 3.0. Start with the free DevForce Express edition today, and upgrade seamlessly to the .NET 3.0 features at your convenience.

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International Events

[Embedded Development] Microsoft OEM Technical Seminars Through May 2007, worldwide See how Microsoft Windows Embedded products are revolutionizing the way that people work and live. Attend a free OEM Technical Seminar and find out how Microsoft Windows Embedded can help you quickly configure, build, and ship your next device.
[Windows Server System] Win with Microsoft Virtualization 13 - 15 March, Munich, Germany 20 - 23 March, Reading, U.K. 10 - 12 April, Bangalore, India 17 - 19 April, Singapore 24 - 26 April, Seoul, Korea 8 - 10 May, Zaragoza, Spain 15 - 17 May, Copenhagen, Denmark Enhance your technology, evaluation cycle, application performance, end-user experience, and ROI. Attend the Virtualization 3-day hands-on lab, learn how to leverage Microsoft Virtual Server 2005, and optimize your existing products for virtual environments.