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WPC, Exchange 2010 and more! Vol 11-13 | July 2009
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There are a few times of the year where there is a lot of excitement and buzz around the office.  The Worldwide Partner Conference (aka WPC), which just wrapped up, is one of those as there are a number of announcements that are made at such events.  If you were there or watched the online version at http://www.digitalwpc.com you most likely saw the demos on Office 2010, Azure, OCS 2007 R2, Windows 7 and more.  If you didn’t the videos are all available online, in HD, thanks to Silverlight and IIS 7 Smooth Streaming .

You’ll have your chance to learn more about these technologies as we have sessions lined up for TechDays 2009 covering Windows 7, Exchange 2010, Silverlight 3, Hyper-V R2 and more.  Registration is now open and you can get in on the early bird pricing of $299(plus applicable taxes) at http://www.techdays.ca

P.S. If you have a topic you would like to see covered in a future newsletter, drop me an email at Rodney.Buike@microsoft.com and let me know!

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Test drive Exchange 2010 in a virtual lab: Configuring Exchange Server 2010 Unified Messaging , Exchange Server 2010 (Beta) High Availability and Storage Scenarios , and Transitioning from Exchange Server 2007 to Exchange Server 2010 (Beta) . MsLearning is also featuring two new Exchange 2010 learning “snacks” through the learning portal : High Availability and Storage in Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 .
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TechDays 2009 is coming to 7 cities in Canada starting on September 14th in Vancouver and ending on December 15th in Winnipeg.  With stops in Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax also in the mix as well as 40 sessions over 5 tracks being delivered by local experts in two days this is the premier technical training event in 2009. Register now.
EnergizeIT 2009 Post-Event Resources Online

If you were unable to attend one of the EnergizeIT 2009 events held in 17 cities across Canada, or want to brush up on some of the material presented,visit www.microsoft.ca/energizeit to find the resources used during the various EnergizeIT 2009 events.
Microsoft Gets It’s Edge Back!

Is it just me or is Microsoft a little more competitive than it has been in recent years? Microsoft has got Google’s attention with Bing and is even doing the Web app thing. Microsoft almost seems to be enjoying itself as honchos like Kevin Turner proclaim: “Competing is fun.” Learn more.
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Unified Messaging in Exchange Server 2010 . This Learning Snack explains how unified messaging works and also describes its architecture. It also describes the voice mail integration feature.
High Availability and Storage in Exchange Server 2010 .This Learning Snack explains how mailbox availability is achieved and how the new and improved database recovery and storage features help organizations manage their Exchange-based environment better.
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