As technologies come faster and faster, we have to quickly gain proficiency with whatever today's new platform/language/product/service is. Microsoft is comitted to supporting the WORLDWIDE technology community with FREE TRAINING!!! So if your company is holding the line on training costs, I would encourage you to check out one of these free training opportunities from Microsoft.
1) Free Hands-on labs for Unity 3 and Enterprise Library 6. Enterprise Library has a long and accomplished history of providing architectural guidance, recommended practices, and reusable components to help developers, architects, and IT professionals efficiently build line-of-business (LOB) systems. Over the years, it's achieved a significant reach, seeing over 4 million downloads and powering many industrial systems. This is a collection of 46 Hands On labs exploring the new features
2) Microsoft Virtual Academy Successful technologists never stop learning and great technology never stops evolving. Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) offers online Microsoft training delivered by experts to help technologists continually learn, with hundreds of courses, in 11 different languages. Our mission is to help developers, knowledgeable IT professionals and advanced students learn the latest technology, build their skills, and advance their careers. MVA is free of charge, and the entire service is hosted on Windows Azure.
3) Office 365 Ignite The Ignite Summits are a series of limited invitation 3 day workshops for Microsoft's most valued IT Professionals, Developers, and Partners. Each Summit will feature over 70 breakout sessions covering Office 365, Exchange, SharePoint, Developer, Project, Visio, and Yammer. Ignite Summits are free of charge, a no-show fee applies. Session information included on each Summit location page. Events are currently scheduled for Hong Kong, Prague, Washington DC, and Dubai.
No excuses, open the books and get cracking. 🙂