UNPLUGGED Roadshow: Windows 7 Special – 25 May to 5 June 2009




Join us for the May – June 2009 UNPLUGGED Roadshow as we visit locations around New Zealand presenting technical sessions for Developers and IT Pros. Choose from either the MSDN Stream for Developers or TechNet Stream for IT Pros. At the end, get the opportunity to install Windows 7 RC on your PCs too at the Installfest. We’ll have Window 7 RC DVDs to giveaway too.

MSDN Stream: Developing for Windows 7 and Silverlight 3
Find out how to get started developing rich applications for Windows 7 and Silverlight 3. Two sessions, presented by Microsoft New Zealand Developer Advisors, Mike Zeff and Nigel Parker.

Session 1: Windows 7 for Developers

Windows 7

Windows 7 contains many new features for developers that allow you to create very rich applications for your users, including the ability to touch-enable your own applications. This session will cover how you can take advantage of new Windows 7 features using .NET 3.5 to build rich client applications and we’ll also take a look at what’s coming in .NET 4.0. Presented by ISV Developer Advisor, Mike Zeff.

Session 2: Taking your Web experience to the next level with Silverlight 3

Silverlight


Internet Explorer 8 has been released and Silverlight 3 was announced recently at MIX ‘09. This session will show you how you can take advantage of Silverlight 3 and Expression Blend 3 to create stunning web applications that can run both inside and outside the browser. We’ll also show you how to take advantage of exciting features in IE8 that make your web site more ‘sticky’ for your users. Presented by Web Developer Advisor, Nigel Parker. 

Installfest (Optional)

At the end of the sessions, you will have an opportunity to install the Windows 7 Release Candidate on your own machine. You bring your computer – we bring the Windows 7 installation and a Microsoftee to help.


A test PC for the Windows 7 RC should meet these minimum hardware recommendations:
1 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor
1 GB of system memory
16 GB of available disk space
Support for DirectX 9 graphics with 128 MB memory (in order to enable Aero theme)
DVD-R/W Drive or machine that supports booting from USB
 
Please bring a spare, non-production computer to install the software onto. We will help with loading Windows 7 onto your machines, and will have wired or wireless Internet connections available for drivers and updates. If for some reason, Windows 7 does not have the appropriate driver for your computer hardware, we will do our best to download drivers off the Internet and get them onto a USB key for you. We won’t be able to provide “support” afterwards, but we’ve created an online forum where you can ask questions.


If you didn’t get a chance to download your own copy of Windows 7 RC we will have a supply of Windows 7 DVDs.


What you need to know before installing the RC.


Register for a Windows 7 RC product key

Stream Sessions 9am – 12.30pm. Optional Installfest 12.30pm – 1.30pm. Level 300 for Developers, free to register.

Dates and Location
25 May: Palmerston North – register
26 May: Tauranga – register
27 May: Hamilton – register
28 May: Auckland – register
3 June: Christchurch – register
4 June: Dunedin – register
5 June: Wellington – register

TechNet Stream: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2
If you’re an IT Pro, join Microsoft IT Pro Advisor, Nathan Mercer as he presents these technical sessions demonstrating the essential features of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. More information and details.

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