Microsoft News Summary 3rd November to 16th November

477 articles were published across 203 Microsoft Team blogs between the 3rd November and 16th November.  Here is my summary of interesting news, software release announcements and key dates for your diary.

General News

  • Microsoft Security Intelligence Report: Security management is an important subject for everyone.  Every six-months the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR) is released.   It provides an in-depth perspective on the changing threat landscape including software vulnerability disclosures and exploits, malicious software (malware), and potentially unwanted software.  Read the official press announcement, or the BlogMS article.  

  • Ramp Up program (  has just launched a brand-new learning track for Sharepoint to complement the existing tracks including Visual Studio 2008, Aspiring Developer, Java Developer, Visual Basic 6.0 Developer, Visual Studio 2002/2003 Developer:  Whether you’re just starting your software development career or a seasoned professional wanting to build your skills on the latest Microsoft technology, Ramp Up bridges the gaps you want to close.  Read More…  

  • Professional Developers Conference PDC Content:  Did you miss the opportunity to attend the PDC in November.   If so, don’t worry you can now get access to all the presentations and keynote speechs.   Read More...

  • TechEd Global Pressroom: TechEd is Microsoft’s premier worldwide conference on technical education for IT professionals and developers. The TechEd Global Virtual Pressroom features press materials, event information, videos of keynote speeches and more for TechEd events throughout the year.   Read More...  

  • Microsoft Bizspark: Following on from the successful DreamSpark Program for students, Microsoft announced the Bizspark Program.   It provides easy access to software, support and market visibility with no upfront costs gives startup companies the boost they need, when they need it most,  Read the official press announcement, or the BlogMS article.  

  • Microsoft Online Store: Microsoft Store offers Microsoft’s entire consumer catalog, including desktop software, the Xbox console and its related game titles, the Microsoft Zune, and all of the company’s hardware, including mice, keyboards, web cameras, and joysticks. Along with a fast, secure buying experience, customers will enjoy an easy-to-use interface and useful product comparisons.  Read more… or Visit the store.

Software Releases – Released to Manufacturing (RTM) / Released to Web (RTW)

Software Releases – Updates and Service Packs (SP)

Software Releases – Alphas / Betas / Community Technology Previews (CTP) / Release Candidate (RC)

Key Dates for your diary – Microsoft Conferences


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