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Back2School:Get Connected with Software and Programs Vol 12-44 | August 19th, 2009
Christian Beauclair
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Hi, I am Christian Beauclair, Senior Academic Lead for Microsoft Canada. It’s August and the time of the year where students will start to make their way back to school. I know most subscribers are not students but you may be a parent, an uncle or an aunt, or simply know someone close who’s about to enter college or university. If that’s the case, I’d like to let you know about some of the programs, our MSDN team has to offer for these young adults.

The first one is called Dreamspark . It gives students access to the Microsoft development and design tools for free. Once the student has their student ID and email, they can go here and validate their information to get access .

Another interesting program we have is the Microsoft Student Partner . Throughout the year, in selected college and universities, we will enlist students who are passionate about technology to help evangelize Microsoft’s products on campus and in their local community. Not only will they get recognition but also access to numerous resources. All they have to do is submit their application here .

Students entering High School are not left behind. We do offer Dreamspark for High School through the schools themselves and we will be a major presence at the Explore Design conference, the premier event in Toronto for High School students this October, where we’ll be showcasing some really cool demos on Windows 7 and Bing and more.

I could not fit all the programs we have in this editorial but I do strongly suggest you visit this page for more on what is available. And please make sure you pass this information along. Students are our future and should be your passion as well!

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Windows 7 RTM Available for MSDN Subscribers Starting August 6, 2009

Developers will be able to complete their testing on the final version of Windows 7 by accessing the Windows 7 RTM bits via their MSDN subscriptions beginning August 6, 2009. Not a subscriber? Order your subscription online.
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Summer Webcast Series Hosted by Microsoft Students to Business

Every Wednesday this summer at 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time, watch a webcast on skills relevant to the workplace. On August 5, you can learn interview tips from hiring managers recruiting in Students to Business. Please register ahead of time.
Windows Mobile Race to Market Challenge: Win a Microsoft Surface Table

Sign up now and start developing, and you could get your mobile application on the shelves of Windows Marketplace for Mobile. When you submit your application, you'll also be eligible to win the Race to Market Challenge . Prizes include a Microsoft Surface Table and developer kit, online marketing and promotion, and a one-of-a-kind trophy.
Project Conference 2009

Project Conference 2009 will be one of the biggest public disclosure and the among the best conferences to attend to get in-depth and hands-on training with Project 2010. Learn how the investment in Project 2010 will continue to move your business forward tomorrow. Click here  for more information.
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