WinInfo Daily UPDATE, October 23, 2003

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1. In the News
- Thurrott and Furman: Live from PDC 2003
- Microsoft Grants Windows Source Code Access to MVPs

2. Announcements
- New Windows & .NET Magazine Web Site Unveiled!
- Success with Active Directory

3. Event
- The Secret Costs of Spam

4. Contact Us
- See this section for a list of ways to contact us.

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==== 1. In the News ====
by Paul Thurrott, [email protected]

Thurrott and Furman: Live from PDC 2003
On Saturday, contributing news editor Keith Furman and I will head to Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC) 2003 in Los Angeles for a weeklong odyssey to discover all we can about the next version of Windows (code-named Longhorn) and a slew of other upcoming Microsoft technologies, including Visual Studio .NET (code-named Whidbey), Microsoft .NET Web services (code-named Indigo), and Microsoft SQL Server (code-named Yukon). The sold-out conference will be the biggest PDC ever and--thanks to the extensive amount of Longhorn information--a seminal event for the Windows community. As a result, Keith and I will post constant live updates to the WinInfo Daily UPDATE Web site (see the first URL below) from Sunday through Thursday next week, keeping you up-to-date as quickly and accurately as possible during the show.
Excitement about Longhorn continues to grow in the days leading up to PDC 2003, as various Web sites, blogs, and technical publications ratchet up their coverage of the next Windows version. Keith and I will also introduce a range of multimedia coverage that will include video and audio recordings and photo galleries. We'll post the multimedia content to the SuperSite for Windows (see the second URL below) on a regular basis during and after the show.
Since 1995, when WinInfo Daily UPDATE debuted for staff members and students at Scottsdale Community College in Arizona, the email newsletter has been one of the leading sources of Windows news and information. The SuperSite for Windows has been exposing future Microsoft technologies since August 1998, when Microsoft launched Windows NT 5.0 Beta 2, a product that later became Windows 2000. PDC 2003 will represent a new phase and challenge for both sites, and the show should be one of the most exciting events we've covered during the past several years. So strap on your seatbelts, folks: It's going to be a long but rewarding week.

Microsoft Grants Windows Source Code Access to MVPs
Microsoft announced yesterday that it will open up the Windows source code to a select group of Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs), Windows enthusiasts who support Microsoft products in Usenet newsgroups, on the Web, and through email and other outlets. The source-code access is part of the MVP Source Licensing Program (MVPSLP), a new addition to Microsoft's Shared Source Initiative source-licensing program. The company says eligible MVPs will be able to view the Windows source code, gain a better understanding of how the OS works, and therefore acquire a new perspective that will help them help others.
"I'm a huge fan of the MVPs," said Jim Allchin, group vice president of Microsoft's Platforms Group. "They do a great deal to help Microsoft customers. Giving them access to one of our most valuable assets, Windows source code, is a testimonial to how much we value this dedicated group of people. Giving them access to the source code will help MVPs do even more for technical communities around the world and will thus strengthen support for everyone using the Windows platform."
Microsoft's MVP program rewards individuals with expertise in one or more Microsoft products; many MVPs spend a great deal of time helping other people understand the products. Microsoft started the program in the early 1990s but briefly canceled it last year. After receiving many complaints, Microsoft recanted and renewed the MVP program, improving it so that a more diverse group of people from a variety of countries could participate. Today's program includes more than 1800 MVPs in 55 countries and spans 20 languages and more than 70 Microsoft technologies.

==== 2. Announcements ====
(from Windows & .NET Magazine and its partners)

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