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John Bristowe  
Whew! We’ve been pretty busy around here lately. With the 2007 Microsoft Launch, we saw over 12000 people across Canada. On behalf of the team here at Microsoft Canada, I would like to thank everyone who attended the event. We had an absolute blast showing you Exchange 2007, Microsoft Office 2007, and Windows Vista. For more information, make sure to check out our resources page at This is your one-stop-shop for everything that was discussed and examined during the tour.
Starting in February, MSDN will be delivering a WebCast series on the .NET Framework 3.0. This series will serve as introduction to the .NET 3.0 Framework focusing on all aspects including Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) and Windows CardSpace using valuable technical demos to illustrate what can be accomplished. Make sure to join us for this exciting WebCast series; register today!

Finally, I’d like to wish everyone a happy holiday season. I look forward to seeing you in the new year!

Go Flames!

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December 22, 2006
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