One of the best ways to hear the thoughts of some of the top technology people in Microsoft without having to travel to Redmond, is to register for one of the many scheduled webcasts. I've listed the IT Manager focused ones coming up in November below but there are a host of others as well. If you're pressed for time and want to watch them on your own schedule, there are also a host of on-demand webcasts available on a variety of topics as well as audio podcasts. For those of us who like to get our hands dirty and try out the latest and greatest, there are a number of virtual labs that allow you to do this without having to go through the hassle of procuring hardware and setting up the software yourself.
IT Manager Webcast: Microsoft Security Intelligence Report: Latest Trends in Vulnerabilities and Malicious Software (Level 100) Thursday, November 01, 2007 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time Jeff Jones, Director, Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft Corporation Ziv Mador, Senior Program Manager and Response Coordinator, Microsoft Corporation Jeff William, Director, Malware Protection Center, Microsoft Corporation http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032356579&Culture=en-US
IT Manager Webcast: Overview of Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services (Level 100) Tuesday, November 06, 2007 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time Joshua Schnoll, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032355616&Culture=en-US
IT Manager Webcast: Business Solutions with SQL Server 2008 (Level 100) Wednesday, November 14, 2007 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time Ram Ramanathan, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032355544&Culture=en-US
IT Manager Webcast: Managing a Global Internal Helpdesk with Outsourcing and Call-Avoidance Techniques (Level 100) Monday, November 19, 2007 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time Jon Browning, IT Director, Microsoft Corporation Jeremy Eubanks, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032355614&Culture=en-US