In my last post I shared with you what I found out on Microsoft Open Door 2010 Day 1. This post for the proceedings of Day2 of the event.
Most of you must be knowing the release of Internet Explorer 9 is just around the corner. Microsoft is promoting their new browser big time. This event had a full session dedicated to a features review of IE9 and a relative performance comparison with its contemporary browsers. The session was presented by Asli Bilgin (Web Strategy Lead for Middle East & Africa).
The second session I attended was by Renat Minazhdinov (Technical Community Collaboration Manager – Middle East & Africa) under the title “Microsoft resources for Developers: how to take most of your work with Microsoft”. Renat stressed at the need for developers (and other IT Pros) to constantly keep themselves updated with the latest tools/technologies that are coming out. Employers these days do very little to properly train their employees for whatever is new in the market, therefore employees should have a direct access to the best training resources online.
Renat explained that Microsoft encourages people to try software for free. He suggested using software from MSDN Evaluation Center or Technet Evaluation Center rather than opting for pirated version from some torrent. He claimed that Microsoft is the most social organization as it encourages its employees to share technical information, upcoming tools/technologies and trends. This is in contrast with some other organizations (like Apple) where employees are legally prohibited to share such information. This means people looking for technical information as well as solution for their development related problems, have a chance to directly interact with Microsoft experts on places such as:
For more information, you can find the presentation slides here and here.
I found participation in the event very useful, got a chance to meet people from other organizations in the IT industry and had a chance to see presenters sharing the latest from a giant like Microsoft. Looking forward for more events like these…