If you haven't heard of Halo by now, where have you been? I mean, come on, Halo 2 took $125 million at retail in it's first 24 hours! OK, I suppose not everyone will have heard of it, but let me tell you, when Halo 3 launches for Xbox 360, you will hear about it, as it is going to be huge...
Now this picture was taken from the trailer unveiled at E3. I'd recommend you take a look if you haven't seen it already.
Anyway, to the point of the post...the teaser TV advertisement will air in North America on the 4th of December, during ESPN Monday Night Football, whilst at the same time, being aired in Europe on Xbox.com. So, for all you UK readers, that means staying awake until 2:15am on Tuesday 5th December, to watch the 60 second ad.
For those of you who struggle staying up, you can watch it on our very own Channel 4, on Friday 15th December, at 22:45. How precise is that! You'll also be able to download the ad using the Xbox Live Marketplace, so you can enjoy it in High Def on your shiny new Plasma screen....nice :-)
If you think the Gears of War trailer was impressive, get ready to see Master Chief as you have never seen him before...
On a side note, to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the release of the original Halo, Microsoft Game Studios and Bungie Studios, recently announced an exclusive hands-on experience with Halo 3 - an Xbox Live multiplayer public beta, the first of it's kind for the Halo franchise. This really does represent a great opportunity for for gamers worldwide to help shape the development of Halo 3. Keep your eyes peeled for an official start date for the trial, and I'll see you on there... (Gamertag: mattmcspirit) (original, I know!)
So, all that is left to say is...get ready to join Master Chief as he returns to finish the fight, bringing the epic conflict between the Covenant, the Flood and the entire human race to a dramatic, pulse-pounding climax...
There are a whole host of TechNet events coming over the next couple of months, covering a variety of different topics. These events are free and are not meant to be sales-focused: they are technical 'how-to' sessions. One thing I will say around TechNet events is that if you have any comments, good or bad, after attending an event, please let us know and we can act accordingly! Thanks! Content comes courtesy of TechNet.
31 January 2007, London: Windows Vista System Integrity Technologies
Historically, operating systems have lived in their own little bubbles of trust. Every part of an operating system assumed that every other part was exactly what it claimed to be and performed only what it claimed it could do. Recent attacks, though, have shown that such implicit trust is no longer suitable for computers that connect to hostile environments. In this session, Steve Lamb introduces the security features in Windows Vista and shows how they help to prevent these environments taking over your computer.
06 December 2006, Reading: An Introduction and Overview of Microsoft Licensing
Licensing can be confusing - but it needn't be. Attend this course to understand Microsoft Licensing and how to best to apply it in your company to fit in with your business needs. This session is aimed at IT professionals who want a better understanding of Microsoft's software licensing. The briefing assumes no previous in-depth or technical licensing experience.
06 December 2006, London: Introduction to the New MOM Release Version 3
Come along and find out more about the future of Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM). Most of the session will cover the qualities of the next major release, MOM version 3. The session welcomes attendees who are either currently MOM customers and those who are considering a MOM deployment.
05 December 2006, Reading: Forefront Security with Microsoft
If you are responsible for security in your organisation and find the current systems difficult to deploy and manage, this is a great opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the Microsoft Forefront Security portfolio. At this event we will examine the finer technical details of the portfolio of business security products ISA, Antigen and Client Security, discuss interoperability and how Microsoft deals with security.
16 January 2007, Manchester: Forefront Security with Microsoft
If you are responsible for security for your business and find the current systems difficult to deploy and manage, this is a great opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the Microsoft Forefront Security portfolio. At this event we will cover the finer technical details of the portfolio of business security products ISA, Antigen and Client Security, discuss interoperability and explain how Microsoft deals with security.
25 April 2007, Reading: Planning and Deploying Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Part 1
Find out what SharePoint Server 2007 has to offer. At this session we will present the concepts of topology, server roles and network conditions. We'll also provide an overview of administration features, introduce the three-tier administration model and explain various security topics.
31 May 2007, Reading: Advanced SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services
Learn about the advanced techniques for building reports with Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services and the Microsoft Visual Studio-based Report Designer. Other topics at this event include using the built-in expression language, report parameterisation and supporting multiple data sources. Receive a walk-through of sample reports and discover tips and tricks for using the Report Definition Language (RDL).
On-Demand Events, Webcasts & Virtual Labs
Exchange Server 2007
Exchange Server in Depth: Master Concepts and Optimise Your Server Environment
This month we look at some of the new features to help Exchange Server administrators improve their operational efficiency. From basic administration tasks to monitoring and reporting, and even the new scripting environment, come and get a sneak peek at what Exchange Server 2007 has in store.
Plan and Deploy the 2007 Microsoft Office System
Find the tools and information you need to quickly and successfully deploy the 2007 Microsoft Office system. Examine the new components for enterprise content management, enterprise project management, collaboration, and business intelligence and hear about common deployment and integration scenarios.
Windows Vista & Longhorn Server
TechNet Radio: MVP and Author Charlie Russel on Windows Vista
In this episode, Michael Murphy speaks with MVP and Expert Zone columnist, Charlie Russel. They talk about Charlie's involvement in the Windows Vista beta process, 64-bit, and new security enhancements in Windows Vista.
Windows Server "Longhorn" and Windows Vista: Better Together (Level 200)
Join this webcast Thursday, December 07 2006 at 9:00 p.m. GMT. We explore important features that help you manage offline files, group policy, networking, quality of service, security and deployment. This session establishes the foundation of what the "better together" experience is all about.
You can also view the whole TechNet Webcast Calendar here.
That's right folks, the final version is here, for you to download and peruse at your leisure.
The security guide provides best practices and predefined security configurations to further harden Windows Vista against real-world security threats such as malware and information theft. The guide also offers automated tools to help customers deploy these security configurations in minutes instead of hours.
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