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Visual Studio 2010 and Windows Azure New Zealand launch events

, posted: 15-Mar-2010 17:28

If you're involved in any capacity with software development, or want to understand more about cloud computing, this is a half-day event not to be missed. Come along to the official New Zealand launch of Visual Studio 2010 and Windows Azure. Two international experts, Sam Guckenheimer and David Chappell will deliver two keynote sessions. Plus, to mark the occasion, Microsoft is producing a cool retro t-shirt for all attendees, and there are also some great prizes to be won! Best of all, the event is free to attend!

Visual Studio 2010 and Windows Azure launch

Visual Studio 2010 Keynote

Visual Studio
The event kicks off with the official New Zealand launch of Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4.0. The launch of Visual Studio 2010 will help accelerate everything you do, from design to development to deployment. Hear how Visual Studio 2010 helps you find nasty bugs, get better insight into how your project is running, and work better with other people on your team.

The keynote presenter is Microsoft's Sam Guckenheimer, author of Software Engineering with Microsoft Visual Studio Team System. Sam is the Group Product Planner for the Microsoft Visual Studio product line. In this capacity, he acts as chief customer advocate, responsible for the end-to-end external design of the next releases of these products.

Windows Azure Keynote

Visual Studio
Cloud computing looks like the biggest change to hit our industry in many years. The advent of cheap, scalable computing power available over the Internet will affect almost everybody who works in IT. But taking advantage of this shift requires understanding this new approach and how to exploit it.

In this presentation, David Chappell looks at the Windows Azure platform and what it means for organisations that create, use, or sell software. The topics he'll cover include:

? An overview of the Windows Azure platform: Technology and business model
? Using the Windows Azure platform: Application scenarios
? The cloud platform context: Google, Amazon, Salesforce.com, and more

David Chappell is Principal of Chappell & Associates in San Francisco, California. Through his speaking, writing, and consulting, he helps software professionals around the world understand, use, and make better decisions about new technologies.



MSDN New Zealand team

, posted: 25-Feb-2010 08:31

MSDN Subscriptions have a MSDN New Zealand team. These are local professionals working in the evangelism and marketing areas:

Scott Wylie (Director, Developer & Platform Strategy Team)

Nigel Parker (UX Development Advisor)

Nathan Mercer (IT Pro Advisor)

Mike Zeff (Development Advisor)

Ryan Tarak (Academic Developer Advisor)

Dean Edwards (Group Marketing Manager)

Paul Lo (Audience Marketing)

Robert Costello (Group Operations Manager)

Daryl Oog (Audience Marketing)

Subscribers have access to a comprehensive set of resources including past, present, and future software and tools. With MSDN Subscribers' enhanced support, you can quickly get un-stuck, enabling you to make the right decisions to stay ahead of the curve. The platform gives you room to grow, as you will always have access to the newest technologies. MSDN Subscribers also get other benefits ranging from 3rd party offers to MSDN Subscribers to discounted products and VIP treatment at events.

The core of MSDN Subscriptions is the access to a wide variety of software that for development and test purposes. An MSDN Premium Subscriptions gives access to virtually all Microsoft servers and tools. On top of this subscribers get Technical Support Incidents (2 for MSDN Pro, 4 for MSDN Premium), an Online Concierge to help using MSDN Subscription services, Microsoft E-Learning collections, training offers from Microsoft Partners and priority support in MSDN Forums: two-business-day response to forum postings (previously managed newsgroups).

Developers interested in the upcoming Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 know there's an upgrade path available - get Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 with a MSDN Subscription now and it will automatically convert to a Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 bundle when the software is released.


About the author: Mauricio Freitas is the administrator on Geekzone, New Zealand's leading technology community forum. Mauricio is a Microsoft Windows Mobile MVP, and involved with all things geek. Avid coffee drinker (espresso please), Mauricio is also a "professional conference attendee".



MSDN Blogs

, posted: 24-Feb-2010 08:30

MSDN Subscriptions have many blogs from Microsoft employees worldwide. These blogs put users like yourself in contact with Microsoft people and teams developing the tools we use to create and support applications.

The easiest way to follow the blogs is to use RSS feeds to see all blog posts - but if the number of posts is too much, then you can individually select which blogs to follow and grab their unique RSS feeds.

Subscribers have access to a comprehensive set of resources including past, present, and future software and tools. With MSDN Subscribers' enhanced support, you can quickly get un-stuck, enabling you to make the right decisions to stay ahead of the curve. The platform gives you room to grow, as you will always have access to the newest technologies. MSDN Subscribers also get other benefits ranging from 3rd party offers to MSDN Subscribers to discounted products and VIP treatment at events.

The core of MSDN Subscriptions is the access to a wide variety of software that for development and test purposes. An MSDN Premium Subscriptions gives access to virtually all Microsoft servers and tools. On top of this subscribers get Technical Support Incidents (2 for MSDN Pro, 4 for MSDN Premium), an Online Concierge to help using MSDN Subscription services, Microsoft E-Learning collections, training offers from Microsoft Partners and priority support in MSDN Forums: two-business-day response to forum postings (previously managed newsgroups).

Developers interested in the upcoming Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 know there's an upgrade path available - get Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 with a MSDN Subscription now and it will automatically convert to a Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 bundle when the software is released.


About the author: Mauricio Freitas is the administrator on Geekzone, New Zealand's leading technology community forum. Mauricio is a Microsoft Windows Mobile MVP, and involved with all things geek. Avid coffee drinker (espresso please), Mauricio is also a "professional conference attendee".

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MSDN Forums

, posted: 23-Feb-2010 08:28

MSDN Subscriptions have many different forums for peer support. These include MSDN Forums and MSDN Newsgroups.

Like in any other forums and newsgroups users can post their questions and receive peer support (provided by other community members) or Microsoft professionals. This also allows users to search on a growing archive of technical questions and answers constantly updated.

Subscribers have access to a comprehensive set of resources including past, present, and future software and tools. With MSDN Subscribers' enhanced support, you can quickly get un-stuck, enabling you to make the right decisions to stay ahead of the curve. The platform gives you room to grow, as you will always have access to the newest technologies. MSDN Subscribers also get other benefits ranging from 3rd party offers to MSDN Subscribers to discounted products and VIP treatment at events.

The core of MSDN Subscriptions is the access to a wide variety of software that for development and test purposes. An MSDN Premium Subscriptions gives access to virtually all Microsoft servers and tools. On top of this subscribers get Technical Support Incidents (2 for MSDN Pro, 4 for MSDN Premium), an Online Concierge to help using MSDN Subscription services, Microsoft E-Learning collections, training offers from Microsoft Partners and priority support in MSDN Forums: two-business-day response to forum postings (previously managed newsgroups).

Developers interested in the upcoming Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 know there's an upgrade path available - get Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 with a MSDN Subscription now and it will automatically convert to a Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 bundle when the software is released.


About the author: Mauricio Freitas is the administrator on Geekzone, New Zealand's leading technology community forum. Mauricio is a Microsoft Windows Mobile MVP, and involved with all things geek. Avid coffee drinker (espresso please), Mauricio is also a "professional conference attendee".

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MSDN Support

, posted: 19-Feb-2010 08:27

MSDN Subscriptions gives subscribers special support options. Those support options include "Ask an Expert Online" where users can interact with peers through forums and newsgroups and Assisted Support for MSDN Subscribers.

Online Concierge is another MSDN support option, providing an one-to-one web-base chat service addressing non-technical questions regarding navigation on the MSDN site, Knowledge Base article searches and subscribers downloads.

MSDN Subscription users have priority support through the MSDN Forum, receiving a response from a Microsoft engineer without two business days if there isn't a reply from the community already.

Subscribers have access to a comprehensive set of resources including past, present, and future software and tools. With MSDN Subscribers' enhanced support, you can quickly get un-stuck, enabling you to make the right decisions to stay ahead of the curve. The platform gives you room to grow, as you will always have access to the newest technologies. MSDN Subscribers also get other benefits ranging from 3rd party offers to MSDN Subscribers to discounted products and VIP treatment at events.

The core of MSDN Subscriptions is the access to a wide variety of software that for development and test purposes. An MSDN Premium Subscriptions gives access to virtually all Microsoft servers and tools. On top of this subscribers get Technical Support Incidents (2 for MSDN Pro, 4 for MSDN Premium), an Online Concierge to help using MSDN Subscription services, Microsoft E-Learning collections, training offers from Microsoft Partners and priority support in MSDN Forums: two-business-day response to forum postings (previously managed newsgroups).

Developers interested in the upcoming Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 know there's an upgrade path available - get Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 with a MSDN Subscription now and it will automatically convert to a Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 bundle when the software is released.


About the author: Mauricio Freitas is the administrator on Geekzone, New Zealand's leading technology community forum. Mauricio is a Microsoft Windows Mobile MVP, and involved with all things geek. Avid coffee drinker (espresso please), Mauricio is also a "professional conference attendee".

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