A great way to gain insight into a technology and to give direct feedback to the product team developing the technology is via MSDN Online Chats (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/chats/default.aspx). They post new chat topics every week, so check back often or subscribe to the RSS feed. If there's a chat topic you would like to see, let me know!
Here are some upcoming chats:
August 21st 4pm PST - Windows Media Center Expert Zone Chat, a monthly chat with the WMC guys.
August 26th 9am PST - Windows Embedded CE and Windows Mobile Live Chat, pick the brains of the Microsoft Embedded Devices group.
September 11th 10am PST - Windows Internet Explorer 8 Expert Zone Chat, I know you're going to jump all over this one.
Have fun chatting!