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US Central TechNet, MSDN and ArcReady Events Announced – register now!!!

US Central TechNet, MSDN and ArcReady Events Announced – register now!!!

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Session 1: Windows Server 2008 R2 – Optimize your Time

Get a jump start on your peers with Windows Server 2008 R2 by joining us for this no nonsense technical session, where we will discuss the critical improvements in the next version of Windows Server. Some have argued that, given the impressive scope of new functionality in Windows Server 2008 R2, it should not be an “R2” release, but rather should be given a completely new name. They point to features such as Direct Access, Branch Caching, Live Migration, Powershell 2.0, and VDI that will help you cut down on the amount of time you spend doing mundane tasks, reduce end user frustration and support headaches, and give your mobile workforce a competitive edge through ubiquitous access to company data. There’s a good chance that by attending this session you’ll find a way to save time and money with Windows Server 2008 R2, and so you’ll get the time you spend with us back many times over.

Session 2: Windows 7 – Maximize Your Potential

In designing Windows 7, the engineering team had a clear focus on what we call ‘the fundamentals': performance, application compatibility, device compatibility, reliability, security and battery life. Early reviews of Windows 7 seem to indicate that the choice to focus on the fundamentals is resonating well with many users and professionals. And, IT professionals will further benefit from the enhancements to manageability and security. You’ll also learn how your investments in testing and evaluating Windows Vista will pay off in the transition to Windows 7. Come see firsthand what all the buzz is about in this demo-intensive session where we explore the UI improvements, performance gains, and manageability enhancements in the next client operating system from Microsoft.

Session 3: Internet Explorer 8 – Get Excited About the Browser Again

Internet Explorer is currently the most widely used browser in business, and while we’ve seen nice incremental improvements to IE in recent history, we haven’t seen as many truly earth shattering changes. Well, many agree that the next release of IE, Internet Explorer 8, provides the most compelling upgrade to IE in many years. In a typical day, users spend 2 hours or more per day in the browser, so significant improvements here can have tremendous impact on productivity and the way we work. The browser needs to be thought of in the same terms as an operating system—it has to be rich, robust, interoperable, easy to use and secure. Internet Explorer 8 is a browser that meets these needs and more for users, enterprises, IT professionals and developers alike. Come learn how the new improvements, too numerous to mention here, are driving many to get excited about the browser again.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

IT professionals interested in learning about the next generation of Microsoft platforms and tools.

WHERE ARE THE EVENTS?

Events are held in 16 cities across Central Region. To register for this event, please select a link below or head on over to http://www.technetevents.com/unleashed/.

Location/Registration

Date

Time

Waukesha, WI

4/28/2009

3:10pm – 5:00pm

Austin, TX

4/28/2009

3:10pm – 5:00pm

Bloomington, MN

4/30/2009

3:10pm – 5:00pm

Cleveland, OH

4/30/2009

3:10pm – 5:00pm

Indianapolis, IN

5/4/2009

3:10pm – 5:00pm

Chicago, IL

5/5/2009

3:10pm – 5:00pm

Columbus, OH

5/12/2009

3:10pm – 5:00pm

Houston, TX

5/12/2009

3:10pm – 5:00pm

Mason, OH

5/14/2009

3:10pm – 5:00pm

Overland Park, KS

5/14/2009

3:10pm – 5:00pm

Dallas, TX

5/19/2009

3:10pm – 5:00pm

Southfield, MI

5/20/2009

3:10pm – 5:00pm

Downers Grove, IL

5/20/2009

3:10pm – 5:00pm

St. Louis, MO

5/21/2009

3:10pm – 5:00pm

Nashville, TN

6/11/2009

3:10pm – 5:00pm

Knoxville, TN

6/12/2009

3:10pm – 5:00pm

 

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Session 1: Internet Explorer 8 for Developers

The Windows Internet Explorer 8 browser makes it easier to explore and interact with the web. Did you know that there will be a new standards mode by default? While it can easily be turned off, knowing the potential to impact this may have on many sites that have been crafted around various features in past versions is a good idea. Attend this session to learn which current practices you need to change and how the new standards mode affects your development techniques and your existing sites. We review tools that are built into Internet Explorer 8 to help developers debug and create Web pages. We also discuss Web Slices, Accelerators, and Search Suggestion – all of which are key new features in this latest release.

In this session we’ll show you:

· Developer Tools

· Selectors API

· Use and create accelerators

· Use and create web slices

· Use and create search suggestions

· AJAX Navigation enhancements with Virtual Earth demo on history, AJAX Cross Domain Calls

· CSS improvements (printing, counters, new pseudo classes)

Session 2: Developing on Microsoft Windows 7

Building applications that are easy to use, visually appealing, and offer high performance is a challenge that developers face every day. Innovative applications can greatly improve the user experience, empowering companies to differentiate their services and solutions. However, developers are increasingly asked to do more in less time, while also optimizing the power and performance requirements of their applications. The Windows 7 platform makes it easy for developers to create engaging, user-friendly applications by providing familiar tools and rich development features that allow them to take advantage of the latest PC capabilities. In this session we will explore the new Taskbar and Jump Lists, the Scenic Ribbon, file management with Libraries, and Windows Web Services among many other enhancements to the new operating system.

In this session we’ll show you:

· New Features in Windows 7

· Use and create jump lists

· Scenic Ribbon API

· Use and create Libraries

· Windows Web Services API

· Additional enhancements that support development

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Developers interested in learning about the next generation of Microsoft platforms and tools.

WHERE ARE THE EVENTS?

Events are held in 16 cities across Central Region. To register for this event, please visit http://www.msdnevents.com/unleashed.

Location/Registration

Date

Time

Waukesha, WI

4/28/2009

1:00pm – 2:50pm

Austin, TX

4/28/2009

1:00pm – 2:50pm

Bloomington, MN

4/30/2009

1:00pm – 2:50pm

Cleveland, OH

4/30/2009

1:00pm – 2:50pm

Indianapolis, IN

5/4/2009

1:00pm – 2:50pm

Chicago, IL

5/5/2009

1:00pm – 2:50pm

Columbus, OH

5/12/2009

1:00pm – 2:50pm

Houston, TX

5/12/2009

1:00pm – 2:50pm

Mason, OH

5/14/2009

1:00pm – 2:50pm

Overland Park, KS

5/14/2009

1:00pm – 2:50pm

Dallas, TX

5/19/2009

1:00pm – 2:50pm

Southfield, MI

5/20/2009

1:00pm – 2:50pm

Downers Grove, IL

5/20/2009

1:00pm – 2:50pm

St. Louis, MO

5/21/2009

1:00pm – 2:50pm

Nashville, TN

6/11/2009

1:00pm – 2:50pm

Knoxville, TN

6/12/2009

1:00pm – 2:50pm

 

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Architecting for the Client Tier

The client (or presentation) tier of our applications is taking on an increasingly important role. Users are expecting more compelling user interfaces, but they also want more functionality from their applications. In this ArcReady we examine how to design and deliver well architected client applications that will be easy to maintain and extend.

Session 1: Trends and Patterns on the Client Tier

In our first session we will take a vendor and platform neutral look at some of the trends and emerging technologies that can be used on the client tier. We will look at techniques like Mashups, technologies like Natural User Interfaces (NUI) and the increasing importance of the mobile platform. We will also look at some common patterns that can be used in the architecture of the client tier.

Session 2: Applying Microsoft Technology on the Client Tier

In our second session we will take some look at how we can use Microsoft technologies to create well architected and compelling client applications. We will look at technologies like Silverlight and WPF that can be used to create compelling clients. We will also look at technologies that can be used to make your applications more extensible for future development. We will also examine some architectural guidance developed by the Microsoft Patterns and Practices group.

WHAT IS ARCREADY?

· A forum for aspiring and practicing architects to discuss industry trends

· An overview of Microsoft’s roadmap as it relates to software architecture

· A mechanism to solicit your feedback

· An opportunity to showcase the work you do!

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Architects and Senior Developers who are interested in becoming an architect.

WHERE ARE THE EVENTS?

Events are held in 16 cities across Central Region. To register for this event, please visit www.arcready.com.

Location/Registration

Date

Time

Waukesha, WI

4/28/2009

9:00am – 11:45am

Austin, TX

4/28/2009

9:00am – 11:45am

Bloomington, MN

4/30/2009

9:00am – 11:45am

Cleveland, OH

4/30/2009

9:00am – 11:45am

Indianapolis, IN

5/4/2009

9:00am – 11:45am

Chicago, IL

5/5/2009

9:00am – 11:45am

Columbus, OH

5/12/2009

9:00am – 11:45am

Houston, TX

5/12/2009

9:00am – 11:45am

Mason, OH

5/14/2009

9:00am – 11:45am

Overland Park, KS

5/14/2009

9:00am – 11:45am

Dallas, TX

5/19/2009

9:00am – 11:45am

Southfield, MI

5/20/2009

9:00am – 11:45am

Downers Grove, IL

5/20/2009

9:00am – 11:45am

St. Louis, MO

5/21/2009

9:00am – 11:45am

Nashville, TN

6/11/2009

9:00am – 11:45am

Knoxville, TN

6/12/2009

9:00am – 11:45am

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  • I dont particularly like that I'll be doing this on a friday night until 8pm but I guess you gotta do what you gotta do. :)