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Imagine Cup 2008

This post comes after disastrously forgetting to Submit my Imagine Cup 2007 Documents for Information Technology Invitational in spite of being through to the Round 2 and regretting about that for almost a month. Now that its all History I am delighted that the next year Imagine Cup Theme and Finals Venue have been put up on the Imagine Cup website.

Theme for Imagine Cup 2008 : “Imagine a world where technology enables a sustainable environment.”

Registrations for Imagine Cup 2008 will Start in the Month of August.

Next SQL Server Codenamed Katmai

While the Title says it all, the next release of SQL Server successor to SQL Server 2005 is codenamed Katmai.

Just a bit of Live revealed that Katmai directed to

Promises to be Secure, Reliable and Scalable Data platform across Devices. More on this after the early bit CTPs are out for Katmai. 🙂 . Hoping this to RTM along with Orcas like SQL Server 2005 did for Visual Studio 2005.

Beta Tester Reward

Beta Tester Reward

If Windows Vista Beta Testers got a copy of Windows Vista Ultimate, an Office 12 2007 beta tester got this.

Yahoo Messenger for Windows Vista

Yahoo Messenger For Windows Vista

The folks at Yahoo have really come up with a super cool WPF based Yahoo Messenger specially for Windows Vista. Saw this Video on and I was amazed at the cool looks of the new Messenger which runs completely over WPF. The app makes use of all the Vista exclusive components such as Glass in the Messenger Window, adding a Chat conversation to the Sidebar Gadget, and tabbing multiple conversations into a Single Window than cluttering the Desktop. Yahoo has now opened Signups for using the new Yahoo Messenger for Windows Vista when its available.

Visual Studio 2005 SP1 is available.

VS 2005

An year after the RTM of Visual Studio 2005 the next milestone patch Service Pack1 [SP1] for VS 2005 has been released. But still for developers using Visual Studio 2005 on Windows Vista, Microsoft is in current development on an update to Service Pack 1 called the ‘Visual Studio 2005 SP1 Vista Refresh Beta’. The Visual Studio 2005 SP1 Update for Windows Vista is expected to ship after the consumer availability of Windows Vista in Q1 of 2007 and is now available in beta.

Quick links to obtain the Service pack for different Suites.[Team Foundation Server ,Express and Professional]

Microsoft XNA Game Studio Express 1.0 available

Microsoft XNA Game Studio Express 1.0 available. The Game development platform for the XBox360 Consoles are now available for Download.

This allows the developer to deliver games targeting the Console system from the Visual C# Express Environment. XNA Game Studio Express and the XNA Framework, aimed at helping students and hobbyists build games for Windows and the Xbox 360. This release supports both Windows game development and Xbox 360 development.

Get the Studio from this site.

More Links about XNA::

Windows Vista and 2007 Office for Free*

Yes Windows Vista and 2007 Office are free for people who register for the Power Together Campaign and watch atleast 3 Web casts. The give aways are Windows Vista Business Edition and 2007 Office Professional Edition.

*This is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States (includes District of Columbia) 18 years of age or older. You are not eligible to receive these offers if you or your employer is a participant in the Microsoft Partner Program or the Microsoft Developer Network. To be eligible to receive Windows Vista Business, you must register at and participate in at least three (3) qualifying web casts and/or virtual lab sessions within 30 days of registration. To be eligible to receive Microsoft Office Professional 2007, you must register at and participate in at least three (3) qualifying web casts and/or virtual lab sessions within 30 days of registration.