Guy Barrette, Microsoft, Regional Director, Montreal, Canada, Visual Studio, .NET Expertise March 2005 - Posts - Guy Barrette

Guy Barrette

Microsoft Regional Director, Montreal, Canada

March 2005 - Posts

Visual Studio 2005 Pricing

Microsoft just published a press release with pricing info on Visual Studio 2005.

Some highlights (US$):

  • Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition: $799 (upgrade: $549)
  • Visual Studio 2005 Tools for the Microsoft Office System: $799 (upgrade: $549)
  • Visual Studio 2005 Standard Edition: $299 (upgrade: $199)
  • Visual Studio 2005 Express editions will be $49.
  • Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition with MSDN Premium subscription: $2,499 (renewal: $1,999)
  • Read this carefully:
    No-Cost Upgrades for Active MSDN Universal Subscribers
    Existing MSDN Universal subscribers can enjoy a seamless transition to Visual Studio 2005 Team System and automatically receive a no-cost upgrade to one of the role-based subscription products for each active subscription license they own at the time of product availability. Special upgrade pricing to the Team Suite also will be available. Active subscribers may elect to renew their subscription and preserve their existing pricing for future renewals, if they choose; customers without subscriptions, or customers whose subscriptions have lapsed at the time of product availability, will not receive these special pricing offers.

    In other words, get MSDN Universal NOW to get special pricing.



    Montreal - MSDN Canada User Group Tour - Interop

    It's tonight !

    More info about the Montreal meeting:


    Through February and March, Canadian .NET User Groups are hosting meetings with Microsoft Developer Specialists and members of .NET community. You're invited to come and learn more about Methods for interoperability between .NET and J2EE.

    Enterprises often rely on many systems sprinkled across organizational and corporate boundaries. This event will present the big picture for interoperability and integration of .NET systems to Java-based systems. Topics will include approaches to remote procedure calls and messaging, communication with non-Microsoft database platforms, enterprise system integration using bridges and connectors, and of course Web services for interoperable XML data exchange. You’ll see demonstrations that illustrate interoperable messaging with and without Web services, and you’ll see how various platforms are supporting emerging standards such as OASIS Web Services Security. More importantly, you’ll leave this event with a greater understanding of choices available for supporting multi-platform solutions within an enterprise.


    New pre con speaker at DevTeach: Bill Vaughn

    Well known author Bill Vaughn was added to the list of the pre conference speakers for DevTeach 2005.

    Way to go Jean-René !



    Rod Paddock (CoDe Magazine Editor) World Tour

    Rod Paddock, CoDe Magazine Editor, is doing a user group world tour.

    3/14/2005 Vermont User Group
    3/15/2005 Montreal Canada User Group
    3/16/2005 Toronto Canada User Group

    If you're in the Montreal area, Rod will talk at the SQL Server special interest group of the Visual Studio user group.  The topic is: Creating SQL 2005 Custom Data Types and Aggregates using VS NET 2005.

    Mark your calendar!



    I'm back !

    Yep, I know.  It's been a while seen I posted something.  I've been soooooooo busy.

    I presented a Web security talk at two local user groups in February then I had to prepare to deliver the VS 2005 and SQL Server 2005 Ascend training.  I gave that course in February in Vancouver and last week in Montreal.  This Ascend is a week long lecture with no hands on labs; basically me talking a whole week!  It goes like this:

    Day 1: intro, new BCL stuff, new ADO.NET stuff
    Day 2: all ASP.NET
    Day 3: all Smart Client
    Day 4: new dev stuff in SQL Server
    Day 5: overview of the new BI capabilities in SQL Server

    I'm scheduled to deliver this again in Toronto sometimes in April and again in Vancouver in May.  The nice folks at ObjectSharp are putting this together in Canada for Microsoft.  BTW, they are all sold out.

    In the meantime, I will be talking about interop between Java and .NET for MSDN Canada next week at our local user group.

    Today was a lazy day.  I haven't played Xbox for a while so I bought SW Republic Commando and played for a few hours.  My brain cells were happy for this well deserve break.



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