From time to time, we run development labs in Redmond where folk can bring their applications in and work on them in a secure lab environment, with hands-on support from ourselves and other members of the product group.
The next one is taking place on three days commencing July 23rd. These are not training labs - there won't be a full agenda of sessions. Instead, they're issue resolution labs, this one focused on Silverlight 1.0. We'll have some early release candidate builds available for testing and porting beta code; you'll have a private office with multiple machines already set up (plus the ability to bring in your own machines), along with an Internet connection, telephone, and plenty of food and drink available throughout the day. You can work as late as you like - the facility is open until you leave the building. We'll provide great support and technical assistance - you can have someone sit down alongside you to help you with your questions; if you've got a thorny bug, we'll pull in the relevant folk to diagnose and if necessary, log a bug then and there. It's a great place to really focus on closing down issues, getting all your questions resolved in a timely fashion, and simply enjoying the leafy ambience of Redmond. We'll even throw in a visit to the company store and visitor center.
Normally, these are available on an invite-only basis, but I'm going to try something rather unique for us as an evangelism team by publicizing this on the blog. Since it's the summer and we have a few empty offices in the lab, I'm opening the invite out more broadly. If you're prepared to pay for your travel and accommodation expenses, are actively developing a Silverlight 1.0 solution for release in the next few months, and are free between July 23rd-25th, we'd be glad to entertain you here.
To register your interest, drop me a line via the "email" link above. We can accept a maximum of four developers per company. Let me know what you're building, who you represent, and I'll get back to you within 24 hours. Once again, this is a one-off, maybe never-to-be-repeated experiment: we'll see how it goes!