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Windows Vista and 2007 Microsoft Office release
MSDN Windows Vista and Microsoft Office Beta Experience Newsletter No. 6, Sept. 27, 2006 MSDN
Dave Webster  
Welcome to the Beta Experience newsletter for Windows Vista and 2007 Microsoft Office system.

In this issue 3Sharp have produced some great virtual labs on MSDN.

They are built on Beta 2 and include the following:

Creating Workflows for Sharepoint Services Creating Workflows for Windows SharePoint Services
Introducing Content Types for Windows SharePoint Services Introducing Content Types for Windows SharePoint Services
Understanding the 2007 Microsoft Office System User Experience and Interface Design Understanding the 2007 Microsoft Office System User Experience and Interface Design
Programmatic Manipulation of the Microsoft Office Open XML Formats Programmatic Manipulation of the Microsoft Office Open XML Formats

You will need to register to run the labs but that should only take a minute.
Also in this issue we go deeper into Business Intelligence, Ted Pattison takes us step by step through configuring SharePoint for Excel Services and deploying spreadsheets. Patrick Tisseghem of U2U shows us how to use User Defined Functions in Excel Services.
For those of you who are code starved, Ted also shows us how to use WSS Events in ‘Creating and Using Event Handlers in WSS 3.0’ Finally keep your eyes open for announcements on the Technology Refresh for Beta 2 of 2007 Microsoft Office release.

Dave Webster
Chief Editor for Microsoft Office content
Developer & Platforms Group
Microsoft EMEA Beta Experience Team

Windows Vista RC1
Windows Vista RC1   

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Amazing XAML
.NET 3.0, formerly known as WinFx, uses XAML for describing and building object graphs. Windows Presentation Foundation (aka Avalon), for example, uses XAML for building the next generation user interfaces.
In this article we will look at the XAML syntax (which is a lot more than simply XML) by building a maze sample, such as can be found in old-fashioned adventure games like Zork.

Windows Vista   
Understand the impact that the security changes in Windows Vista may have on existing solutions and the opportunities that exist to build a new generation of secure solutions for Windows.

2007 Microsoft Office   
Download this series of videos to view conference breakout sessions about building smart client and browser-based BI solutions leveraging a wide array of extensible capabilities, including key performance indicators, PivotTables, Web parts, and spreadsheet-based Web services.

2007 Microsoft Office system   
You are just a few clicks away from a free online test drive of the latest version of Microsoft Office programs. Take them out for a spin in this quick, easy-to-use, browser-based trial experience.
The real-time test drive does not require product installation or download of the beta—it's the fastest way to try out 2007 Microsoft Office system programs. In just minutes you can start exploring Microsoft Office through your Web browser on your own, or follow the step-by-step tutorials to experience all of its useful features.

From the Community
Matt Ranlett and Brendon Schwartz   
Matt Ranlett is a Senior Systems Analyst and Brendon Schwartz is a Senior Consultant, they are MVPs, co-Vice Presidents of Technology for INETA, and founders of the Atlanta .NET Regular Guys. As .NET community leaders in Atlanta, they helped create the freely available SharePoint 1,2,3! training material among many other things.

Please read their article and visit their website.

Microsoft’s premier EMEA conference designed to provide developers with deep dive technical training, information and community resources focusing on building software solutions with Microsoft development tools.
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Develop without Borders   
Reach out and make a difference. Design an application on the 2007 Microsoft Office system between now and October 1, 2006 to help your favorite charity. The best applications win a share of over $160,000 in awards to help put your concept in action. Find out more here!

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