The Power Together Campaign – FREE Vista and Office2007

Read from MCT Private newsgroup, knowing that there is a chance for you to get a free copy of Microsoft Vista Business and Microsoft Office Professsional 2007 with FULL license. YES, Free and FULL license. So if you miss out the chance to be beta tester of Microsoft Connect and submitted bug(s) to get your free copy, here is another chance for you. All you have to do is complete three webcast from Vista and Office from the website within 30 days of registration, then you will get one or both if you complete them both.

Don’t be too happy yet, there are some conditions,
1) You are legal residents of US and 18 years ago or older.
2) You are not participate in the Microsoft Partner Program or the MSDN.

These offers expire on 28th Feb, 2007, or while supplies last, so don’t wait and visit there for your OWN, FREE and FULL copy of Microsoft Vista Business and Microsoft Office Professional 2007.

Good Luck!



Webclass on VB2005(in Cantonese)

I have recorded one webclass few months ago, it is about deploy VB2005 with ClickOnce. Althought this is nothing related to Vista, but I just want to share this with you, if you understand Cantonese, you may go and listen to it. Later on, I will do few more on Windows Workflow Foundation(WF), because I have writen few WF training guide, and it is now waiting approval to be post on MSDN site.


Windows Vista is ready on MSDN

About 9pm on 12th Nov 2006, Office2007 is able to be download from MSDN. Most of MSDN Subscribers should be downloaded or donwloading it.

I just login to MSDN Download and found out, Vista is also ready on MSDN since 10pm Nov 2006. It is English version only yet. I cannot wait for it, and downloading it now.

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For Developers: Windows Vista Readiness Hands-on-Lab

Reading from Nick White’s blog(a Product Manager at Microsoft working on the Windows Vista launch team), found that there is a free download Windows Vista Readiness Hands-on-Lab, I am sure that many developers are love to get it and take the lab. Here are the story,


Thom Robbins, Microsoft Director for Developer Marketing, points out a fantastic hands-on lab focused on helping developers create great experiences for customers running their applications in Windows Vista. Here’s how the download page describes the lab:

Microsoft has put together a Hands-on Lab designed to educate developers on known Microsoft Windows Vista application compatibility issues. This process will walk the developer through specifics, focusing on solutions that will enable customers running your application to have a better experience on Microsoft Windows Vista. After completing this lab, the developer should be able to determine if and how the most commonly known application compatibility issues could affect their specific application.

Download the Lab here.

If you’re a developer (or just interested in application compatability on Windows Vista), you can also head over to MSDN’s Windows Vista Developer Center for a wealth of resources on developing applications specifically for the new OS.

Zune devices and service will hit the shelves tomorrow!

Just got a private email about Zune Announcement, its devices and service will hit the shelves tomorrow!!! Here is the letter.


We’re excited to share with you that Zune devices and service will hit the shelves tomorrow!

When the team began on this voyage a few months ago their goal was fairly simple: to create a platform that would enable new experiences and narrow the gap between artists and their audiences. Digital entertainment stands at a transition point today. By adding human power to the equation – both the power of the individual and the power communities we are excited to see where we this journey takes us.

To make sure they could compete, not only did they design Zune to be the best device and software on the market today, but they also bet on the basic elements to allow the experience to grow with you. For example, by providing a rich screen and wi-fi in every device they added a layer of future proofing for new innovative scenarios. And of course, they designed the entire system with the idea of ever expanding on the core principle of Connected Entertainment through software and services.

And speaking of performing, let’s talk about the music that is launching the device at venues all over the U.S. Today we have free flash concerts popping up in six cities across the country. Check out the post-show comments, photographs and video from the concerts available at beginning this evening.


We’re sure you’ve seen a lot of press coverage since we first announced our Zune plans. Like anything of this nature a lot of it has been great and of course some of it has been critical. That’s OK. One thing for sure is that a LOT of people are talking about it. Here are some quotes we thought showed an appreciation of how our social story is taking shape.


“Most analysts say this sharing feature – which Apple has yet to offer on the iPod – may form the kernel of an advantage that Microsoft will exploit to build a community of digital media consumers. Microsoft could also link Zune’s online customers with those using its Xbox 360, who typically sign up and use Xbox Live, an online, real- time gaming service.” – Kevin O’Brien, International Herald Tribune


And from today’s New York Times.

“There is going to be a lot of noise this holiday around the latest attempt to take a bite out of Apple’s market share — Microsoft’s Zune. The combination device and service is backed with a marketing campaign valued in the hundreds of millions, as Microsoft aims to set the Zune apart as a community-based music-sharing experience. … The debate rages over how big a draw this functionality (referencing the send feature) will be, but already Microsoft has succeeded in capturing a great deal of awareness over the product, something Apple is accustomed to having all to itself.” Reuters shopping guide appearing in The New York Times today.


So now the answer to the question that we know is top of your mind – how and when can we buy a Zune player? Be sure to tell your friends and family that the Zune players are hitting the shelves in over 30,000 retail outlets tomorrow (the largest retail rollout of any Microsoft product ever).




Sheri Sullivan

WinClient Communications team