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You can now upgrade to Silverlight 2 to get new features for rich Internet application development and streaming media. Find out more about Silverlight 2 and read the press release for more on Microsoft's plans, including further support of open source communities.

Find out how you can get two Team System Editions for the price of one, demo videos, white papers, and trial downloads. Learn how you can develop quality code faster and leverage Visual Studio Team System tools from the UI to the database.

Want more info on Visual Studio Team System 2010? Stay tuned to Soma's blog as he elaborates on the functionality being built in to the new release.

The release of Expression Blend Service Pack 1 enables full support of the Silverlight 2 platform for all Expression Blend 2 users, bringing the seamless XAML workflow between the designer and the developer to Silverlight 2 projects for the first time.

Microsoft Expression Blend 2 Free Trial Download: Design for Silverlight 2, XAML vertex animation, and more!

News for Students

Imagine Cup 2008 Begins  
Imagine Cup is Microsoft's student competition where the most talented software designers, programmers, game developers, and IT students meet head-to-head. Students learn great résumé skills while competing for great prizes like a trip to Boston, free phones for projects using Windows Mobile, a chance for a Microsoft internship, and even US$25,000.

Get Started by Submitting a Class Project for Software Design 
This year, the theme of the Software Design Invitational has expanded so that you can take a project you have created for a class (or just for fun) and submit it with a minimal amount of extra effort. You could win a trip to Boston to hang out with Microsoft employees.

Build Gears of War 3 
Imagine Cup Game Development is a great way to showcase your creativity. Show us what you can do with XNA and challenge students around the nation to beat your game.

IT Students 
Don't miss out on the IT Challenge invitational for a great resume builder. IT Challenge first round exams are like mini practice certification exams. Register now or get more information on the IT Challenge.

Win an Xbox360 and Get Help on Imagine Cup
This year, Imagine Cup forums are being hosted in our Facebook Student Community, Microphone. Engage with Microphone in October and qualify to win an Xbox 360 with four games. To better your chances, invite friends, take polls and post to the wall and discussion boards. These actions earn you Microphone points. The top 10 point earners in October will qualify for a random drawing to win. The winner will be announced on November 13. Find the full details on Microphone.

Confessions of a Woman Developer Series
Hilary Pike discusses her path from student to professional developer in her series, Confessions of a Woman Developer. From how to navigate your first conference to exploring different company cultures, here's what she has laid out:

Is Sarah Silverman a PC?

Your career doesn't have a semester end; great advice I've gotten along the way

Grad school - still pondering what to write on this one

Tick, tick, boom! A.K.A, my first Microsoft Interview

Windows Live Beta Now Available
The Windows Live Beta, including Windows Live Writer for blogging, Photo Gallery, and Movie Maker, is now available.

Search and Give
A new search entry point for Live Search. When you sign in using your Live ID, Microsoft will donate advertising proceeds to your favorite charity or even your child's school from your search results. It's that simple.

Mobile and Embedded Content Available in Machine-Translated Portuguese
Windows Mobile 6 and Windows Embedded CE 6 content is now available on MSDN in Machine Translated Brazilian Portuguese.

Become a master of Microsoft SQL Server 2008. You'll learn to control powerful new features, taking your skills to the next level. Your efforts will be rewarded. Prove your heroic new abilities in our game, and you could win an incredible prize. You'll need dedication, intelligence, and intuition. Are you up to the challenge?

In Excel 2007 there are new commands on the Cell menu that make it easy to filter a table based on the active cell's value, font color, or fill color. MVP Ron de Bruin discusses how you can access these features with a macro.

SharePoint Server 2007 Web content management sites have unique considerations around the topics of architecture, performance caching, and aggregation of content from across one or more site collections. This article provides guidance for those who want to implement successful and highly available publishing sites.

Use this diagnostic tool while developing an Office add-in as well as to troubleshoot issues with deployed add-ins. AddInSpy discovers and reports more information than is natively available through the Office UI.

.NET KB Articles

Visual Studio 2008, Visual Studio 2005, and Visual Studio .NET KB Articles

SQL Server and Data Access KB Articles

Visual FoxPro | XBase KB Articles

Web Resources

Learn about organization hierarchy, membership groups, and quick links to understand the user profile social network capability in SharePoint Server 2007, and concepts such as custom properties, colleagues, and workgroups.

Learn to use the Groove 2007 Forms Tool and the InfoPath 2007 Forms Tool and understand how your design decisions affect performance. Both are customizable and programmable general-purpose tools with similar performance tradeoffs.

AddInSpy is a diagnostic tool that discovers all registered Microsoft Office add-ins on a computer, and reports the maximum possible information about these add-ins. The tool works with all versions of all Microsoft Office applications that support COM add-ins, and all types of COM add-ins.

Learn about the necessary tools for WM device development, the different programming languages, and the challenges in developing for small devices.

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Do you have tough technical questions regarding Windows Embedded CE or Windows Mobile for which you're seeking answers? Please join us for a live chat and bring on the questions.

Submit an article by January 14, 2009 to the mobile development section of the for a chance to win a Windows Mobile device as well as the opportunity to enlighten your programming peers.

November 3, 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time
In this webcast, we encapsulate just how bad a successful attack can be, and discuss the needs and rewards of adding security to the development process using a manager's vocabulary.

In this webcast, we explain and demonstrate the State and Notification Broker that provides easy access to more than 100 different hardware and system states, such as network connectivity and battery power, which are all consistently within reach by managed code.

In this geekSpeak, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Rachel Appel introduces you to the Microsoft ASP.NET Dynamic Data framework, discusses how it came to be, and shows how ASP.NET Dynamic Data makes it easy to maintain your Web sites.

After completing this lab you will be better able to create a basic SharePoint Web Part that displays information from within the SharePoint site, create a more advanced Web Part using a server postback and the SPGridView control, and create an advanced Web Part leveraging Web Part connection that displays budget data.

After completing this lab, you will be better able to use LINQ to SQL to implement a resource access layer that interacts with an existing Microsoft SQL Server database, use the LINQ to SQL Designer to create LINQ to SQL entity classes and associations (relationships) based on tables in a database, manage the DataContext and use where clauses, perform joins, order the results, and handle conflict detection.

geekSpeak Podcast: SharePoint Server 2007 Workflow with David Mann (Level 200)
WMA (17 MB) | MP3 (15 MB) 
David Mann provides an overview of workflow in SharePoint 2007 and then drills down into details such as when to use state machines versus sequentials, building custom activities, and how and when to use Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007 for workflows.

geekSpeak Podcast: Dynamic Languages and the DLR with Mike Vincent (Level 200)
WMA (17 MB) | MP3 (15 MB) 
Mike Vincent addresses the advantages you can gain from using dynamic languages, when and where you should consider dynamic languages, and what is important from the architect's view, the developer's view, and the business case view.

geekSpeak Podcast: Virtualization for Developers with Stephen Rose (Level 200)
WMA (15 MB) | MP3 (13 MB) 
Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Stephen Rose discusses why developers should look at using virtual environments for developing. He addresses everything from the creation of a complete development environment's domain in a box to how to move these environments back and forth from virtual to physical and back again.

Security for Developers

Adam Shostak describes a decade of experience in threat modeling products and services at Microsoft.


Second Shot allows you a free retake if you fail a Microsoft Certification exam. Now you will also be rewarded for passing the exam. From October 15 through December 31, get 25% off a future exam if you pass the first exam using the Second Shot offer voucher.

This free 2-hour online clinic provides a starting point for using Windows Workflow. Topics include workflow engine functionality, overall architecture, and how to build workflow-enabled applications.

This free e-learning collection of four two-hour clinics offers a comprehensive introduction to Hyper-V and Terminal Services in Windows Server 2008, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, and Microsoft Application Virtualization.

For a limited time, save 30% on select titles from Microsoft Press. These books and guides are great resources for deploying, automating, troubleshooting, and optimizing Windows Server 2008.

Deep Training offers intensive, expert-taught, custom, hands-on classes in ASP.NET & SQL Server Reporting Services at your organization. New courses cover ASP.NET 3.5, LINQ, ASP.NET AJAX, and more. Plus, get a 40% discount on our SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services DVD- or CD-based training courseware.

Case Studies

K2's workflow automation software features enterprise-grade data access and reporting courtesy of SQL Server 2005, and was built by an international team of developers using Visual Studio Team System.

CSG Systems used SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition and Visual Studio 2005 to create their business services platform, improving agility for their customers in an increasingly dynamic and competitive field.

Humana Europe chose the Microsoft Application Platform, including Visual Studio 2008, to cut development time and differentiate its products with superior business intelligence and data visualization capabilities.

Partner News

Microsoft's Product Manager of Internet Explorer Developer Division, Pete LePage, shares 10 Web design mistakes to avoid at all costs in a recent Pixel8 podcast.

Realease provides Oracle Forms to .NET conversion using Forms2Net. Realease will provide a free Forms Analysis. Forms2Net is interfaced with Microsoft's Visual Studio.

Embed dynamic help in your .NET applications with the new ComponentOne DynamicHelp tool included with Doc-To-Help 2009. Download trial today.

Watch a video demo showing how Pegasus Imaging SDKs help build forms processing applications. Video, SDK, & source code available now.



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