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Microsoft Watch – January

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This is the continuation in a series of pages devoted to breaking news and updates from Microsoft. We'll summarise announcements from Microsoft and add links to our own comments. So, if you need to keep on top of relevant IT announcements from Microsoft, you can do so by regularly visiting this page. The page will be replaced each month with a new page and the previous pages archived at the foot.

19 January
Developing for Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server and the Web Storage System
Exchange 2000 Server is not only the best messaging and collaboration server on the market, it's also a robust development platform for collaborative and message-based applications. See how Exchange 2000 Server and its database foundation, the Web Storage System, support dynamic, database-driven applications accessible directly through the Web.

19 January
Cerritos College and Microsoft Offer Challenge to Diverse IT Students
Cerritos College is nationally known for its innovative IT curriculum and its focus on diversity. Learn more about this cutting-edge IT program that was created with a Microsoft grant, and see how the Microsoft Press Academic Learning Series enhances its curriculum.

19 January
Do You Have a Disaster Recovery Plan?
Disasters like fire, flood, and power outages usually strike when you least expect them. But you can protect your Exchange 2000 Server by planning for the worst case before it happens. Learn how Exchange stores configuration data and get helpful tips for rebuilding your infrastructure from a catastrophic failure.

19 January
New Guide to Exchange 2000 Server Implementation
Learn how to deliver next-generation messaging and collaboration to your organization with this official Microsoft study guide.


19 January
WebService Behavior: An Alternative to Traditional Web Page Design
Web Services are being developed to give Internet Explorer a new level of performance and versatility. The WebService behavior supports the use of a wide variety of data types, including intrinsic SOAP data types, arrays, and XML data. Get an overview of the WebService behavior and see how it offers improvements over traditional database-driven Web page design.

19 January
Test Performance with the Web Application Stress Tool
See how well your applications will perform under high user load with Microsoft's Web Application Stress Tool.

19 January
Master Your Media with Your PC
Become a desktop media maven with Microsoft Windows Media Player 7 and Windows Movie Maker. See how new Microsoft Press titles can help you get more professional, affordable, and versatile results

19 January
Women and Minority-owned Businesses Give Microsoft High Marks
In an online poll, more than 50,000 women- and minority-owned businesses voted Microsoft third among Fortune 500 companies for promoting multicultural business opportunities.

18 January
Microsoft Announces Record Revenue Driven by Best-ever Performance of the Windows Family
Microsoft announced record revenue of $6.59 billion for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2000, an 8 percent increase over the $6.11 billion for the same quarter last year. Net income and diluted earnings per share were $2.62 billion and $0.47.

17 January
The Verdict is In: Pocket PCs Save Time for Attorneys
See why attorneys increasingly use Pocket PCs to manage documents and find information in the office, in court, or on the go.

16 January
Microsoft Advances Its Vision for Reliable, Managed Windows Environment
The latest version of Microsoft Systems Management Server, code-named Topaz, and the newly developed Microsoft Operations Manager product work together to streamline a host of technology administration tasks - important steps in Microsoft's overall management strategy.

15 January
Get the MSXML 3.0 MergeModule Redistribution Package
This redistribution package makes it possible for you to distribute MSXML 3.0 with your applications using Microsoft Windows Installer technology. Platforms supported include Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, and Windows Me.

15 January
HTML+TIME: An Easier Way to Add Animation to Your Web Page
Learn the basics of HTML+TIME animation in this article on how to create an exciting Web experience for your users without using a programming or scripting language.

12 January
Maximize Your Web Site Performance
The success of your site depends on how you plan for capacity and manage site performance. Get the roadmap and tools here, from the Commerce Server 2000 Resource Kit, for improving customer experience on your site.

12 January
How to Get Real Time Server Status Alerts for Exchange 2000
With a small amount of Microsoft Visual Basic code and the Exchange Instant Messaging service, Microsoft created a custom application called IT Alert. See how, with this in-depth article.

12 January
Visio 2000 Corporate Deployment
Since Visio's unattended installation requires system updating prior to install, it is not ideal for all organizations. Find out how to broadly deploy selected Visio products with some alternatives to unattended installation.

12 January
Try Microsoft's New Encarta Class Server
With Encarta Class Server, teachers can manage five major teaching areas online - including curriculum standards, lesson plans, content, assignment, and assessment. Download the beta version.

10 January
Outlook 2001 for Mac Unveiled at Macworld
Download the beta of the new Outlook 2001 messaging and collaboration client for Macintosh. The software includes an integrated view of e-mail (with preview pane), contacts, calendar, meeting planner, and more.

8 January
Cars and Computers: New Technologies for the Automobile Industry
The bond between high-tech and what began as Henry Ford's dream in Detroit grows deeper by the day. Find out how Microsoft is developing technologies that are likely to alter the look and feel of your daily commute.

8 January
Read About the Accessibility Features in MSN Explorer
Explore the accessibility features and how to customize settings in MSN Explorer, and how Internet Explorer 5.x settings affect MSN Explorer.

6 January
CES Xcitement: Take a Tour of Xbox, Learn About Ultimate TV, and More
Find out why Xbox, Microsoft's hot new gaming system, promises to be the most realistic home gaming experience ever.

5 January
Plan and Track Your Windows 2000 Deployment with Microsoft Project 2000 and Visio 2000
This TechNet streaming media event shows you how to use Project 2000 and Visio 2000 together to better plan and manage a Windows 2000 Deployment.

5 January
TechNet Top Questions
TechNet's Lon Collins, Microsoft Support Professional, provides you with answers and tips that can help many of you working in the trenches to deploy, maintain and support Microsoft products.

4 January
Microsoft eLearning
Test drive Microsoft's latest online training courseware today.

4 January
Get yourself and your PC in shape
with New Year's downloads, deals, and more.

4 January
Find one-stop support
for Microsoft's most popular holiday products.

3 January
Exchange Developers Summit
Register Now to Attend January 13-20 in San Francisco
Dive into the core of Exchange's development capabilities to streamline messaging and collaboration in areas such as the Web Storage System, application security, and Outlook development. Top speakers present detailed sessions at the first conference dedicated to Exchange developers.

3 January
Introducing Web Services
In her new Voices column, Mary Kirtland introduces the Web Services guidance project. Starting with a Favorites Service designed to let you maintain a list of favorite sites accessible from any computer, learn about the issues you need to consider when designing, implementing, deploying, and operating your own Web Services.

3 January
Microsoft SOAP Toolkit Updates
Get the latest versions of the SOAP Toolkit for developing Web Services with today's tools. Read about and download Microsoft's latest Web Services SDKs.

3 January
Learning Community Roadmap
The newly revised Connected Learning Community Roadmap provides a step-by-step guide on technology planning for your institution.

3 January
Effective Use of Technology in School Classrooms
Dr. Milton Chen, executive director of The George Lucas Educational Foundation, describes effective strategies for transforming the K-12 educational system.

3 January
Standardised Messaging Platform Provides Benefits for Students, Faculty, and Staff
For the first time ever, students, faculty, and staff at Monroe Community College are enjoying the fruits of a standard institution-wide messaging environment based on Microsoft Exchange Server.

3 January
Special Deal
Get a Special Deal on Office 2000 (U.S. Only) (January 3)
For a limited time, qualified Academic Open License customers upgrading to Microsoft Office 2000 for Windows can take advantage of a special offer: Acquire ten licenses and receive another copy free.

Check articles in Microsoft Watch - December


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