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  • Microsoft Hiring a Community and UnMarketing Czar for TechNet.com

    TechNet.com is Microsoft’s premier destination for IT Pros, helping them succeed with Microsoft products and technologies across the full product lifecycle by offering the best content and technical resources from across Microsoft and the community...
  • TechNet 2.0 – Changes are coming

    The TechNet team at Microsoft is planning a lot of changes to the TechNet website this year – and the changes start happening later this month! Keith Combs and I have kicked off a new blog series to update the IT community on the changes and get feedback...
  • Top 3 Reasons Your Next Job Should Be With Microsoft TechNet

    1. You'll be really close to your customers – lots of them. TechNet is Microsoft’s global website for IT professionals, registering almost 20 million unique users every month. Web analytics and online feedback systems give you real-time customer insights...
  • Online video with ratings and comments? No way!

    Video is a big deal for us at MSDN and TechNet, and this week we piloted a new video experience on MSDN Visual Basic Developer Center. The video itself is pretty much the same, but we’ve added some important features like Rating (5-star model) and Comments...
  • Now Live: Script Gallery on TechNet

    I know its been a long time since I posted, but I’ve really got something worth talking about. Yesterday we launched TechNet’s first gallery application on the TechNet Script Center . From the Script Center homepage, click on the Scripts tab: The new...
  • Secret TechNet Tips & Tricks

    This week at TechEd , I had the chance to sit in on a roundtable discussion with 5-6 IT manager-types, including several Microsoft MVPs. Throughout the course of the discussion, which included some questions like “what’s one thing you wish Microsoft would...
  • Do those guys at TechNet even know there is an event going on?

    Hi everyone! Its been a long time since I last blogged – embarrassing to be any more specific about how long – but I’m back at it again. Several month ago, I took on a new role at Microsoft: Director of TechNet . In the past, I have had several functional...
  • New MSDN Home Page - Better?

    Last week, the MSDN Team updated the MSDN home page hoping to make it more valuable and easier to use. We made tons of little changes and few bigger ones like: More better bloggers in the featured section (and an all new Featured Bloggers page) Downloads...
  • Curious About Certification? Register for a Certification 101 Live Meeting

    Not sure if technical certification is right for you? Think it is the right thing, but not sure where to start? Next Tuesday, November 18, Microsoft Learning will be hosting a 60-minute Live Meeting to help you answer questions like these… What can a...
  • New Silverlight 2 App Visualizes Social Bookmarking on MSDN and TechNet

    Ever wonder what people are actually bookmarking using MSDN and TechNet Social ? Check out the Ticker and find out! With the Ticker, you can quickly see what’s being bookmarked by the technical community right now, today, yesterday, or over the past...
  • Ramp Up Your Developer Skills for SharePoint

    Ramp Up is a free learning program from Microsoft that provides community-driven learning paths or “routes” for building your skills with Microsoft developer tools and technologies. Ramp Up routes are authored by experts from the technical community...
  • New “Oslo” Resources Now on MSDN

    "Oslo" is the code name for Microsoft’s platform for model-driven applications. The goal of Oslo is to provide a 10x productivity gain by making model-driven applications mainstream with domain-specific models, a new language, and tools. To...
  • New Windows 7 Developer Guide Featured on MSDN

    In support of the pre-beta version provided today at PDC2008 , the MSDN team has updated the Windows developer center on MSDN to include new Windows 7 resources.   Featured content this week includes the new Windows 7 Developer Guide , which can...
  • MSDN Launches New Developer Center for Azure Platform Services

    In coordination with the announcements this week at PDC2008 , MSDN has launched a new developer center for Azure Platform Services . This new center is THE go-to MSDN site for cloud-computing, including resources for SQL Data Services, Live Services,...
  • Live from PDC2008 - MSDN and CodePlex!

    This year’s Professional Developer Conference – PDC2008 -  is kicking off today in Los Angeles, and is shaping up to be one of the most significant developer events from Microsoft in a long time. In addition to major technology announcements around...
  • Top 5 Resources Used on TechNet and Other Interesting TechNet Factoids

    Every quarter or so, we’re going to start providing the MSDN and TechNet communities with some insights about activity on the global websites. Yesterday, I posted on MSDN – today is TechNet. As a member of the TechNet community, I hope you find this interesting...
  • Top 5 Reasons Why People Use MSDN and Other Fun MSDN Factoids

    Part of running a global network of websites is looking at numbers – lots of numbers. Recently, we had a look at metrics from MSDN and TechNet from July to September. Here are some highlights on MSDN. Next post will be TechNet. As a member of the MSDN...
  • Social Bookmarking Kicks Off at TechEd Brazil

    In September, Microsoft launched v1 of MSDN Social and TechNet Social supporting social bookmarking in 12 languages. This week, the Brazilian Portuguese version is getting a workout at TechEd Brazil in Sao Paulo. Awareness and excitement about our social...
  • Major MSDN Forums Now Live on New Forums App

    Millions of customers visit MSDN Forums and TechNet Forums each month (more than 9 million visitors in September) for technical discussions and answers to technical questions. Earlier this year, the team released an all-new Forums application featuring...
  • Brand Your Open Source Projects on CodePlex

    This week, we released an update to CodePlex - Microsoft’s open source project hosting site - that enables project owners to better brand their project pages with project-specific logos and titles. Here are a couple of examples: Compared to the previous...
  • Top Bookmarkers Tag Content from .NET and Security to Poker and Guitars

    Guess who’s into Windows Server…and Guitars? This UK dev is into Silverlight…and Poker. In early September, we launched v1.0 of MSDN Social and TechNet Social , featuring social bookmarking, which allows people to save their web favorites online, see...
  • 5 Ways to Get More Out of Your MSDN and TechNet Library Experience

    The online libraries on MSDN and TechNet are among the most used sites on our network. Here's some great ways to get the most out of your Library experience. Bookmark it: Create your own personal library and share it using MSDN Social and TechNet...
  • New IE8 Accelerators Make it Easy to Bookmark with MSDN and TechNet

    Internet Explorer 8 makes it very easy to create accelerators , so we have created several new ones for our social platform apps on MSDN , TechNet , and Expression . Here are new Social Bookmarking accelerators for each brand in the IE8 Add-ons Gallery...
  • New Windows Live Writer Plug-in for MSDN and TechNet Social

    Technorati Tags: Live Writer , Live Writer Beta , MSDN Social , TechNet Social , plug-in Rahul Soni, a Microsoft field engineer in Bangalore, wrote a Live Writer plug in for including “Add to…” links to a number of social services like Digg, Delicious...
  • VORT-EX08: The Swirling Mass You Actually Want to Get Sucked Into

    The MSDN and TechNet teams recently helped to launch VORT - EX08 (Virtual Online Remix- Total Experience), an online “virtual” conference for IT professionals, developers, and designers in the Europe. There are cool virtual booths for both MSDN and...