MSDN Virtual Labs enable you to quickly evaluate and test Microsoft’s newest products and technologies through a series of guided, hands-on labs that you can complete in 90 minutes or less. There is no complex setup or installation required, and you can use MSDN Virtual Labs online immediately, free. Check here for system requirements.
Featured Virtual Labs
MSDN Windows 8 Developer Virtual Labs
- MSDN Virtual Lab: Windows 8: Lab 1 – Creating a Windows 8 Metro Style App – C#
- MSDN Virtual Lab: Windows 8: Lab 2 – Orientation, Snapping, and Semantic Zoom – C#
- MSDN Virtual Lab: Windows 8: Lab 3 – Searching and Sharing – C#
- MSDN Virtual Lab: Windows 8: Lab 4 – Application Bars and Media Capture – C#
- MSDN Virtual Lab: Windows 8: Lab 5 – Process Lifetime Management – C#
- MSDN Virtual Lab: Windows 8: Lab 6 – Settings and Preferences – C#
- MSDN Virtual Lab: Windows 8: Lab 7 – Tiles and Notifications – C#
- MSDN Virtual Lab: Windows 8: Lab 8 – The Windows Store – C#
- MSDN Virtual Lab: Windows 8: Lab 9 – Touch and Pointer Input – C#
Other Products and Technologies available as Virtual labs via MSDN
Development Tools and Languages
Mobile and Embedded Development
Windows Client Development
Servers and Enterprise Development
- BizTalk Server
- Microsoft Lync
- SharePoint Server
- SQL Server 2012
- SQL Server 2008
- SQL Server 2005
- Windows Server 2008
Subjects and Series
From the perspective of schools, college and universities, with highly secure MDE’s ‘managed desktop environments’ these virtual labs and the opportunity of running Windows 8 development and the latest technologies may be a valuable resource.
The process of the Labs are completed is opening a web page, which then create an interactive remote desktop session with a Windows Server 2003 which then allows you to remotes into a desktop image. Their are full instructions, guidance and set time limit which your allocated to undertake the lab and guide the user through the learning exercise.
Do to these labs utilising a remote desktop session you may encounter some performance issues, a colleague Eric Nelson has played with a few settings to improve things by changing the remote desktop experience to improve the graphics performance due to bandwidth constraints which may be faced specifically by School networks.
After you make these changes, disconnect and reconnect to the session to experience the improvements.