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Volume 11, Issue 3 March 2009
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I was reflecting this week on how my team at Microsoft Canada could raise our game to better support you and I thought about how we are all connected. From technology, building solutions, solving problems and having a passion for learning, we as technical professionals, all have a lot in common. We have some of the same challenges at work, need to grow the right skills, solve immediate problems and a have a desire to build our career. But, we don’t always have the time to access the right information or individually have the opportunity to gain the experiences we need. If we are all connected then how can we help support each other, especially in these trying times?

Our team success is measured by how we support you with our programs, products and resources. As a matter of fact you might be surprised in how we measure success. If you’ve ever received a survey that asks how satisfied you are with Microsoft…..that is our measure. Earning your trust and supporting you in a manner so you feel empowered to answer “Very Satisfied” is our team’s goal. Yet to actually make an impact we know that we need to work together. As such in an effort to support connections across Canada, in the coming few weeks we are launching the Beta version of TechDays Online. Not only will it provide you the ability to learn more about current and emerging technologies it will enable connections to technology experts, your peers and speakers while providing continued learning tools to support your skills development and career growth.

I’m excited about this solution as it comes from your feedback and while I’m sure we won’t get it 100% right at the start with your help we will evolve the solution to better support you! The beta site is going to be launched at the end of March and this is a heads up as in a few weeks we’ll be sending out an update on how you can get involved and be a site BETA tester.
So please stay tuned and get connected! As always, any feedback or comments are always welcome.

John Oxley
Director Technical Audience Marketing and ICT Evangelism
Microsoft Canada | Direct (905) 363- 8589|Email | twitter:joxley

EnergizeIT 2009 is a national series of events to support you in learning about what’s possible. You will see how Windows® 7 and Windows Server® 2008 R2 will provide a richer platform for Developers and IT Professionals, along with new virtualization options helping you solve key application compatibility issues. Register now for a complimentary event coming to a region near you in March & April 2009.
The Ignite Your Career webcasts series focuses on you and your career with a goal to help build out your industry awareness and grow your key career skills. Register now to view one of the five remaining webcasts.
Voting is now open at the Microsoft Canada Ignite IT Awards—whose story is best in your opinion? The top IT Pro and Developer each receives $5,000, so vote for your favourite submissions before March 31—you could win a Zune just for voting! Vote now.
Rick Claus speaks with Gabriel Vitus, the VP of Business Information Systems at the Canadian Chartered Accountants Association. Gabriel gives some important insight and recommendations for how you can start your own transformation within your organization, as he has taken his department through a strategic review and has transformed it into an equal partner with the other business units.
Register now at to learn how to maximize your business by helping save money, be more productive, and seize opportunity. Intended for Business and IT leaders in organization with 500+ employees.
For those of you who couldn’t attend the February 12 live virtual roundtable discussion “Windows 7: To the Beta and Beyond,” moderated by Mark Russinovich, catch it on demand now on the Windows Client TechCenter. A transcript of the event – and a Q&A – will be available for download from the site in early March.
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Powerful New Features in Office Project 2007 to Help You Succeed (Level 200) March 16, 2009, 1 PM. EST
In this webcast, we demonstrate the robust project management tools in Microsoft Office Project 2007 that provide you with the right blend of usability, power, and flexibility so you can manage projects more efficiently and effectively.
March 11, 2009. 2:00 PM, EST
Don’t get caught with an incompatible application and don’t miss out on exciting ways to enhance your application experience on Windows 7. This Webcast will help you understand how investments in Windows Vista-based application compatibility will help you in Windows 7 and how you can take advantage of specific enhancements of Windows 7 in your application.

Discuss major topics and specific challenges you and other managers at IT organizations face today. Use this open forum to chat, discuss solutions, and share ideas with your peers as well as IT evangelists Kevin Remde, John Weston, Harold Wong, and Dan Stolts.
It’s new! Connect, find resources, and get the information you need. Check out webcasts and podcasts from industry leaders, blogs by subject matter experts, community forums, and more.
Microsoft researched 162 IT organizations to boil down 31 best practices to drive operational cost out of the datacenter at little or no new cost. Register to download the comprehensive white paper.
How are you positioning yourself, your team, and your organization to succeed during this economic downturn? Visit the Thrive site and learn how to enhance your skills, advance your career and elevate IT as the business leader. Don’t just survive, thrive.

Try the next generation of Microsoft Internet Security & Acceleration (ISA) Server and experience key features that include Web anti-malware, HTTPS inspection and the Network Inspection System.
The Microsoft SDL Optimization Model is a strategic framework which facilitates consistent and cost-effective implementation of the SDL in development organizations outside of Microsoft. Self-assess your current state of security in development and create a strategy and roadmap to progressively attain measurable security improvements with the Security Development Lifecycle Optimization Model.
Malware. Identity theft. Online Crime. The Microsoft Security Team is fighting them all. Find out how in the Microsoft Security Newsletter. Featuring articles from security experts, monthly security bulletins, listings for events, webinars, security training, and more, this is the monthly must-read for IT Professionals & Developers. Register now.

As an IT professional, you need an up-to-date network map to help you diagnose connectivity issues and maintain workplace productivity. Now LANsurveyor Express can automatically create network diagrams for you within Microsoft Office Visio Professional 2007. It’s valued at approximately US$499, but for a limited time only, it’s free.
Designed to be enterprise-ready, Internet Explorer 8 can help reduce security risks, includes a backward compatibility mode, expanded management capabilities, and deployment support. Find new features such as a cross-site scripting filter, the SmartScreen Filter, improved ActiveX technologies, 100 new group policies, and an application compatibility toolkit.
The new release includes updated security guides, the GPOAccelerator tool to help you establish and deploy your security baselines, and configuration packs to use with Configuration Manager 2007 to help you monitor your security baseline for operating systems and office applications operating in your environment.

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