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This database-meets-software-development technology could easily save your development staff time and avoid complexity.

Get a detailed overview of Windows HPC Server 2008.

July 21 - 24, 9:30 A.M. Pacific Time
Don't miss this Web seminar series that will introduce you to the benefits of virtualization for ISVs. API sets available with Microsoft Virtualization products will be covered, along with the benefits of using virtualization as a distribution mechanism for ISV products. Focusing on the new Windows Server Virtualization (Hyper-V) and Virtual Server, the series will cover the how and why for custom development on these new technologies.

Download the newest podcasts and learn how to leverage new technologies with Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0 and how to use Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) to provide more-secure external access to Web applications. You can also tune in to webcasts and take part in virtual labs to see how Windows Server 2008 can help you deploy, monitor, and administer today's complex applications.

See how, together or separately, Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) and Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) work with the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 to provide a platform that can help you build powerful, flexible, and extensible applications that employ the latest service-oriented and workflow capabilities.

If you are involved with administering networks or databases, building software applications, or developing for the Web, we want to hear from you. Get involved in the product development process and help us to better understand your needs by signing up to participate in one of our usability research studies. Send an e-mail and include "MSDN" in the subject line to participate and receive more information about the Microsoft user research program.

Ramp Up, a free, online, community-based program, has added a brand-new Visual Studio 2008 track. Graduates of any Ramp Up track can receive half off on certification and e-learning. The easy-to-access content (provided by subject-matter gurus) is delivered in a variety of forms that guide in learning the important skills. Ramp Up members have access to forums to ask and answer questions about the program or technology.

July 11, 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time, Live Meeting
Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server is an integrated collaboration server for Visual Studio Team System. It combines team portal, version control, work item tracking, build management, process guidance, and business intelligence into a unified server. To register, please

August 15, 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time, Live Meeting
Project Managers and Development teams may be the "Odd Couple" of the 21st century, working together but having different approaches and perspectives. Integrating Project Server and Team Foundation Server helps them work better together. To register,

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Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 can help improve organizational effectiveness by providing comprehensive content management and enterprise search, accelerating shared business processes, and facilitating information-sharing across boundaries for better business insight. It also provides IT professionals and developers with the platform and tools they need for server administration, application extensibility, and interoperability.

Microsoft's unified communications platform enables developers to efficiently build secure, productivity-enhancing applications on top of an extensible software foundation.

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Charles Petzold takes an inside look at the flexible bitmap pixel formats offered by the retained-mode graphics features of Windows Presentation Foundation.

We show you the techniques for building adaptable applications that can make the best use of different screens and capabilities on Windows Mobile devices.

The Microsoft HealthVault Be Well Fund is designed to assist academic and research health organizations in the creation of innovative online health applications for patients.

Ranked at 23, the NCSA cluster performed at 68.5 TFlops and 77.7% efficiency. Watch the video.

Find out more about the new high-performance Message Passing Interface (MPI) stack included in Microsoft HPC Pack 2008.

This white paper provides a technical overview of SOA applications and the Windows HPC Server 2008 functions that support the SOA model.

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Clinic 6262: Introducing Windows Workflow Foundation using .NET Framework 3.5 & Visual Studio 2008
This two-hour clinic will provide a starting point to learn about workflow engine functionality, overall architecture, and workflow enabled applications. Like what you see in the clinic? Subscribe to the full Collection 6462: Visual Studio 2008: Windows Workflow Foundation.

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A full-featured on-line store with shopping cart and order management, PayPal and Authorize.NET support. Highly customizable using Visual Studio 2005/2008.


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Transactional Windows Communication Foundation Services with Juval Lowy
July 7, 10:00 A.M.
Learn how to configure transaction flow at the binding, contract, and service level, and how to set service transactions.

Using Windows Workflow Foundation to Build Services with Jon Flanders
July 9, 10:00 A.M.
Tune in for an overview of how to build WF/WCF applications.

WCF Extensibility Deep Dive with Jesus Rodriguez
July 11, 10:00 A.M.
See a demonstration of how custom channels, behaviors, operation invokers, authorization managers, and metadata extensions can be used to extend WCF effectively without affecting the consistency of the programming model.

Bringing Enterprise Data to Life with SharePoint Server and Windows Communication Foundation
July 18, 10:00 A.M.
Learn how you can use WCF-based adapters for integration between your LOB applications and Microsoft Office business applications.

Programming a Full-Blown Silverlight Line-of-Business Application in 20 Minutes
July 23, 9:00 A.M.
See how to make Windows Forms controls available for Microsoft Silverlight browser plug-in applications, and how to style your UI by using fully enabled Microsoft Expression Blend design software.

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Global Events

PDC 2008 - Get in the Game with Software + Services
The Microsoft Professional Developers Conference 2008 puts you right in the action by delivering information and hands-on access to technologies you'll need to compete in the software + services world. Be the first on your team to learn what's new with Windows 7, Live Mesh, cloud services, Silverlight, and much more!

PDC 2008 features more than 160 sessions covering a wide range of topics for professional developers and architects. These sessions provide an in-depth technical understanding of Microsoft's platform and future, and offer practical guidance to help plan the evolution of your own products. Sessions are delivered by Microsoft engineers and include ample time for specific questions and answers.

Get off the bench and get into the action! Secure your place at PDC 2008 today. 

Microsoft Tech·Ed EMEA 2008 Developers
November 10 - 14, Barcelona, Spain Be a part of the experience - explore the challenges of today and learn how Microsoft's developer tools can help you build applications for your business success.

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