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Subject: MSDN Flash - Windows Vista/Server 2008 SP2 Beta is here
Date: Monday, December 15, 2008, 8:15 PM
Customize MSDN Flash | Sign up for other newsletters | Unsubscribe | Update your profileVolume 12, Number 26: December 15, 2008Top NewsThis is a traditional service pack release containing all cumulative security updates available since the Windows Vista SP1 release in March 2008; however, it is a single service pack for both client and server operating systems. Either Windows Vista SP1 or Windows Server 2008 is a prerequisite for installing this service pack. For a full list of changes in SP2, visit the Windows Server Division Weblog for Windows Server 2008 and The Windows Blog for the Windows Vista client. MSDN Subscribers can download the Windows Vista SP2 Beta or the Windows Server 2008 SP2 Beta from the subscriber downloads site.If you're using Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition, it's time to step up. For a limited time, get 30% off when you purchase a Step-up license to Visual Studio Team System 2008 Development Edition (or any other Team System edition).You'll get even more bang for your buck. Team System 2008 Development Edition with MSDN Premium now comes with Database Edition - it's like getting two for the price of one. To save 30%, contact your reseller.A Note from Your Student Developer TeamImagine Cup Software Design Time
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There are plenty of very exciting things coming up in the South Central district over the next few weeks. Most important, vacation time! During that time off, I'll be doing some more reading about Windows Live Mesh and Windows Azure, as well as spending some quality time on the couch watching some of the recorded PDC sessions on Windows 7, SQL Data Services and more.
There is a ton of new information available about all of our new technologies announced at PDC, and some of it might be coming to a city near you. For instance, on January 26 we'll bring PDC to you at an all-day developer conference called MSDN Dev Con, held at the Westin Galleria, Dallas. For just $99 you'll get the best of the PDC in your own backyard and hear all of the exciting announcements around the Azure Services Platform and Windows 7. Other sessions include the latest developments in .NET, Silverlight, Surface, parallel programming, Live Mesh, and more. I'll be there, and I hope you will, too.
I'd also like to let everyone know about the upcoming We Are Microsoft Charity Challenge 2 event, January 16 - 18 here in Dallas. Part of the GiveCamp family, the We Are Microsoft event helps developers donate their time and (development) talents to building Web applications for local charities. The event takes place on a Friday afternoon through a Sunday evening and, at the end, the charities will have working applications that they can use to better serve their members. This is a great way for developers to get involved with their local community, and we've seen some long-lasting relationships build out of these events. Although started here in Dallas with the first We Are Microsoft event last year, the concept and ideals of GiveCamp have grown in popularity all over the U.S. to include events in Kansas City and Ann Arbor, Michigan. There are also events currently planned for Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Boston, Houston, and possibly even Second Life. We're actively looking for developers, designers, and DBAs to participate in this year's event. If you're interested, please visit the We Are Microsoft Charity Challenge Weekend site for more information on how to volunteer.
Lastly, don't forget about our community portal. On that site we have a list of all the user groups in South Central district (that's TX, OK, LA, and AR) as well as a listing of all the upcoming events. If your user group is not listed, please send me an e-mail and I'll be happy to add it. Other good places to find information about upcoming community events and user groups in your area are on Codezone, Community Megaphone, and the INETA Web site.
Here's hoping you all have a safe and happy holiday season,What's Happening Near YouJanuary 26, Dallas, TX
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Microsoft and Notion invite you to a day devoted to software development lifecycle (SDLC) practices and techniques.User GroupsInterested in meeting passionate, like-minded developers? Consider attending a local user group!ArkansasJanuary 22, 2009, Harrison, AR
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