Monthly Archives: November 2008

MSDN Ramp Up Program

MSDN Ramp Up Program

I just came across this: www.MyRampUp

Ramp Up is a free, online, community-based program that can help users save time in learning Microsoft technology.

The easy-to-access content (provided by subject-matter gurus) is specifically tailored to the Ramp Up program, and offered in a variety of forms (whitepaper, v-lab, codecast and slidecast).

Program Guide

The currently available routes are:

SharePoint for Developers track - learn more

Visual Studio 2008 track - learn more

Aspiring Developer - learn more

Success with Java and C# - learn more

Next Level Visual Basic - learn more

Next Level Microsoft.NET - learn more

Currently, there are no assessments in the program, so it's quicker than ever to graduate and receive the reward (25% off on certification and 50% off on e-Learning - only for graduates of Ramp Up).

Microsoft Released Volume 5 Of Its Security Intelligence Report

The report is publicly available at:

  • Microsoft Security Intelligence Report volume 5, XPS and PDF format, approx. 145 pages including data and analysis on:
    • NEW - The threat ecosystem, narrative section
    • Security vulnerability disclosures, industry-wide and Microsoft specific
    • Vulnerability exploits, Microsoft specific
    • NEW - Browser-based exploits, Microsoft and third-party
    • Security and privacy breach reports
    • Malicious and potentially unwanted software trends
    • Focus on malware and signed code
    • NEW – specific malware and potentially unwanted software data for 15 locations worldwide (United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, China, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Norway, Russia, South Africa, and the Gulf Cooperation Council)
  • SIR Key Findings Summary, XPS and PDF format, approx. 15 pages, published in English, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian and Spanish
  • Executive Summary, XPS and PDF format, approx. 5 pages, English only
  • “Bret and Vinny Show” video introduction to the report

PDC2008 Is Over! PDC2009 Is Coming!