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Attention System Builders – Upcoming webcasts for you on: Windows XP Media Center, SBS 2003, Microsoft engagement opportunities, and more…

Webcast: Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 – Build and Deploy
Date/Time: January 7, 2005 – 12:00 – 1:00 P.M. Pacific Time

Description: Windows Media Center is the coolest thing going right now.  If it were any cooler, it would end global warming.  So join us for an overview of what is involved in building and configuring a Media Center PC.  We will discuss what hardware is required (that’s right, just because we’re a software company doesn’t mean we’re shy about talking silicon and circuit boards), the recommended specifications (not just the stuff it says on the side of the box), and considerations of design and form factor.  After that, we will cover what you need to know to install and configure the Media Center PC in your customer’s living room so you can make sure they get maximum coolness.

Webcast: System Builder Sneak Peek:  A Quick Look at Proactive Support for SBS 2003
Date/Time: January 11, 2005 – 12:00 – 1:00 P.M. Pacific Time

Description: Wouldn’t it be great to be able to solve customer problems before they occur?  Wouldn’t you love to offer your clients helpdesk functionality without you having to bring more people on staff?  Wouldn’t you like to actually see some of the stuff you always hear about?  Well lucky you.  This webcast will be all about demo’ing the features in SBS 2003 that will make your life supporting SBS 2003 a little easier.  Be warned:  This is an overview of nifty-ness, not a deep dive into the technology.  At the end, we will point you to where you can get more detailed information.

Webcast: Welcome to System Builder 101: Making the Most of the SB Relationship with Microsoft
January 14, 2005 – 12:00 – 1:00 P.M. Pacific Time
Description: This session will show you how to better engage, make more money, provide better support, know where to find things, be heard, know what is coming from Redmond, connect with your peers, get trained, become experts, and solve world hunger…well maybe not the world hunger thing.  This session is all about maximizing the partnership between Microsoft and the System Builder and is brought to you by the US System Builder Channel and the US System Builder Tech Team (aka BOB).

Webcast: System Builder: Office Hours with the US System Builder Team
Date/Time: January 18, 2005 – 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Pacific Time

Description: Join the US System Builder Team for an open chat about whatever you want. We will have experts from marketing, sales, licensing, and technology available to hear your complaints, listen to your wants, and answer your questions.

Webcast: Welcome to Designed for Windows XP – Learn how to easily certify PCs you build
Date/Time: January 21, 2005 – 12:00 – 1:00 P.M. Pacific Time

Description: You have seen the Designed for Windows logo on software, computers, and peripherals.  The logo represents to consumers quality and compatibility.  When they purchase a logo’d product they know it will work with their system.  As a system builder you too can have the PCs you build with the Design for Windows logo.  In this webcast we will walk you through the step by step process on how to get the logo.  The logo is a way to differentiate your company from all the other guys; just think, you can actually talk about something other than price… Now that’s cool!  Raising your customer’s confidence level when purchasing your PCs is a good thing; don’t you think?

Webcast: Welcome to Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 – Navigating the User Experience
Date/Time: January 25, 2005 – 12:00 – 1:00 P.M. Pacific Time

Description: So you’ve built a PC and installed Media Center on it.  Why does the PC have a remote?  What the heck’s the green button for? Why does sour cream have an expiration date?  Well we will answer all these questions and many more.  So join us as we take a look at Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005.  We will discuss each of the media and entertainment offerings found inside the slickest interface you could ever want.  After that, we’ll explain how they can be beneficial to your customers.

Webcast: Wednesdays on the Web with TS2: Windows Installations – Learn How To Easily Install Windows XP Hands Free
Date/Time: January 26, 2005 – 12:00 – 1:00 P.M. Pacific Time

Description: Listen guys, don’t waste your valuable time manually installing Windows and babysitting all the user prompts.  You’ll be amazed how easy it is to install Windows XP without ever touching the keyboard.  In this webcast we will guild you through the step by step process on how to do this.  Trust us; it’s not a brainteaser.  Now think about all the extra billable services you can do with all the time savings!  Now we’re talking.

Thank you and have a wonderful day,

Eric Ligman
Small Business Development Manager – U.S. Central Region

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