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Learn how Windows Server 2008 expands on the Microsoft Identity and Access foundation with solutions in directory services, strong authentication, and information protection.
Here's a sampling of the products coming soon in your July 2007 shipment*:
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In the process of figuring out what to do this summer? Read on for great ideas to keep you entertained, in ways befitting the finest alpha geeks!
Tired of playing the same types of games on your 360? Do you have a great game idea, but can't get the big publishers to pay attention to you? Well, fear not - your day has come - with XNA Game Studio Express
. Download the free development environment based on C# Express, create your own games, and play them on the 360 or Windows. Start off with these great tutorials
, play with the samples
, and make them your own. Then, enter the Dream Build Play
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. Not the programmer type? Use TorqueX
to drag and drop your way to your own game on the 360 or Windows.
Get your presence going or make money on the side by creating Web sites and mash-ups. Don't want to spend 3 months writing code? We've got you covered. Use Silverlight
to do the heavy lifting. Just focus on the content and on imparting your distinct style.
Are you curious to see what the future holds for digital pictures? Imagine hundreds of photos of the same scene being seamlessly stitched together, so that you can follow your own path, zoom in to see the smallest decorative detail, or zoom out and pan through 360 degrees to place the scene in a wider context. This is all made possible with PhotoSynth
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Close to graduating? Need something appealing to put on your résumé alongside your thesis on "Computational analysis of non-Newtonian fluid mechanics"? Get certified! First-time students and faculty test-takers can take a Microsoft certification for free. This offer is valid through June 30, 2007.
Follow along in this article
to make your own oobleck, and then look at all the other fun things
that you can do if you have it in large enough quantities!
If you're a Web developer you're going to want to know all about Silverlight. Check out MSDN Magazine this month and see what Silverlight has to offer.
Check out the WhirlyThing that is not only a Silverlight application, but a pathway to a host of web resources you won’t want to miss.
Hardware manufacturers design mobile devices with battery consumption in mind, but what about coding software that is power-aware?
A new feature in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, Transactional NTFS - known as TxF - introduces the concept of transacted file operations which can fundamentally change the way developers write applications, allowing them to build more stable and robust code.
MS Readiness will soon be integrated with Windows Live. Get a head start and set up your account
today. All MS Readiness sessions beginning June 18 will require your Windows Live login, even if you are already registered.
For Windows Live ID support, call the Microsoft Partner Membership Center at 1-800-688-0496.
Visit the Windows Live ID Account Services site
Create useful, cool, easy-to-use, and solidly performing value-adds to Windows Home Server for a chance at over US$50,000 in cash and prizes. This contest is sponsored by Hewlett-Packard.
Explore the techniques used to create next-generation applications on Windows Server 2008. Topics include Windows Communication Foundation, WorkFlow Foundation, Windows eventing, performance counters, IIS7, Windows CardSpace, PowerShell, and Transactional File System.
With pre-installed, pre-configured server and software, partners and customers will benefit from faster testing, evaluation and sales with the VHD (Virtual Hard Disk) "Test Drive" program.
Use this map to drill down to each product and technology and learn about new features, objects, Web services, namespaces, and schemas required to extend Microsoft Office and build custom Office Business Applications (OBAs).
Learn how OBAs connect current line-of-business systems with the people who use them through the familiar Microsoft Office user interface.
Find documentation, code samples, "How to" articles, and programming references to help simplify the task of manipulating Open XML packages.
Discuss and ask questions about the Microsoft SDK for Open XML Formats.
In Excel 2007, the ability to synchronize the data between a table and a list in Windows SharePoint Services is deprecated. Learn how to use an add-in to update the information in a SharePoint list from Excel 2007.
Learn about settings you can adjust to improve relevance in Enterprise Search in SharePoint Server 2007.
Use promotion code BZS10 during checkout to save 10 percent on all BizTalk Server 2004 e-learning collections. Offer expires June 30.
Learn about working with WPF, WCF, and WF and Visual Studio 2005 with these e-learning clinics, free for a limited time.
Take advantage of special offers on exams that cover the latest Microsoft technologies and new-generation certifications. For a limited time, you can save on the cost of exams that lead up to certifications in technology solutions such as Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007, Windows Vista, and more.
Get the tools you need to make your job easier as you develop next-generation applications.
Shop online at Bookpool.com through June 30 to save 45 percent on select training kits and related resources from Microsoft Press.
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Use the XPathNavigator and XPathNodeIterator classes to access and work with data in business logic written with managed code in InfoPath 2007 form templates.
Discover task-based samples and videos to help you learn the new features of the 2007 Microsoft Office system.
Become an expert on how to develop highly secure and sophisticated database applications with Microsoft SQL Server 2005.
Get great discounts on books, e-learning, classroom training, and certification for developers working with the 2007 Microsoft Office system.
Download free sample chapters, and if you like what you see, you can purchase the full book for 35% off.
On the System Builder site you'll learn about hardware, software, services, webcasts, and local events to help you deliver the most value to your customers.
Security for Developers
It's hard to imagine a testing topic more arcane than security, but privacy may be just that.
Read, watch, and download to learn more about the new capabilities in the upcoming release of SQL Server 2008.
This SDK is built on top of the System.IO.Packaging API and provides strongly typed part classes to manipulate Open XML documents.
Synchronize data in a table with a list on a SharePoint site with this add-in.
Case Studies, KB Articles, & How-tos
After successfully expanding through mergers and acquisitions, E.Land Group decided to move SAP ERP data from newly acquired properties from a UNIX/Oracle platform onto a multi-terabyte database hosted on SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition (64-bit).
To help people be more proactive about healthcare, ActiveHealth developed ActiveHealth PHR, a personal health record built using the .NET Framework 2.0 and SQL Server 2005, powered by the ActiveHealth CareEngine System.
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