The Microsoft Desktop Player is now live and in Beta.
“What does it do?”
Using either your browser (It’s a Silverlight application) or an installed desktop application, you can easily and contextually find webcast recordings, podcast recordings, whitepapers, etc. So, let’s say you’re interested in SharePoint 2010..
“But I’m not.”
Let’s just say you are, okay? You do a search based on who you are (IT Pro (yay!) or Developer (also yay!)), what technology or product you’re interested in researching (like “Microsoft Office”), the kind of role you play (“Server Administrator”, “Enterprise Administrator”, “Support Technician”, etc.), what you’re focusing on.. and so on. You can be as specific or as general as you want. Do the search, and then the results are shown broken down into the types of resources found (Webcasts, Podcasts, Whitepapers, and Links).
You can also bookmark items you found for later viewing or retrieval; building up your own personal library of resources.
And you can find yours-truly in the “Local Resources” section – if you happen to live in the area of the United States that I cover. (North Central – MN, ND, SD, NE, IA, KS, MO, and sometimes Y.) Or discover who YOUR local Microsoft IT Pro or Developer Evangelist is. (Click on “Local Resources”, and then configure your local settings.) And not only will you find your local Evangelist, but local training centers, nearby Microsoft Offices, and additional resources.
“Sounds peachy! Where do I get it?”
You can use it from your browser (CLICK HERE).
Or you can download the installer HERE and run it from your desktop.
Oh.. one more thing:
You can even embed it into your own blog or another web page…