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Microsoft Visits Portland State University
Monday, November 6, 2006 - 12:00pm to Monday, November 6, 2006 - 2:00pm

This is your chance to see behind-the-scenes Microsoft experts deliver useful technology insights and sneak peeks of new products including the new Windows Vista OS, Microsoft Office System 2007, and XNA Game Studio Express! Prizes and giveaways will also be awarded to lucky attendees!

Date: Monday, November 6, 2006

Time: 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Location: School of Business Administration (SBA), Room 190

Featured Experts and Technology

Chris Avis (Vista / Office 2007 Presenter)

Chris Avis is an ITPro Evangelist with Microsoft. He is charged with speaking to anyone who will listen about Microsoft Products and Technologies. While his focus is on Small to Enterprise level businesses and the way technology can make the lives of their IT Professionals easier and simpler, he is just as comfortable talking to consumers and students about Vista, Office, Mobile solutions and even Media Center. Chris started his career at Microsoft in 1994 as a contractor customer service representative during the Windows 95 launch. Chris left the company as a contractor in 1996 only to return 1 year later as a full time employee supporting networking technologies for Windows NT 4.0 Server and client connectivity. He was one of the original 10 that supported the Small Business Server 4.0 products where he stayed for five years. In 2002, Chris took on the challenge of speaking to IT Pros about technologies Microsoft delivers.

XNA Game Studio Express

XNA is Microsoft's new game development platform for Windows and XBOX 360. XNA Game Studio Express gives you the power to write your own games on day one using C+ and Visual Studio Express. This introductory session will provide a look at the XNA toolset. You will see a live demonstration of how to get started and build a game from scratch!  

Michael Benkovich (XNA Presenter)

Energy, laughter and a contagious passion for coding - Mike brings it all to the podium. His career has taken him from minion to business owner, and he's been programming since the late '70s, when a friend brought a Commodore CPM home for the summer. He wrote his first software in Basic (including a math game that was shown at the University of Wisconsin in 1982) and later completed a degree in aerospace engineering. In 1994 he started a consulting firm with his brother, focusing on the effective use of relational technologies for scalable, high performance and mission critical applications. Mike is a published author with WROX Press and APress Books, writing primarily about getting the most from your SQL Server database. Since appearing in Microsoft's DevCast in 1994, Mike has presented technical information at seminars, conferences and corporate boardrooms across America.

Win Exciting Prizes!

Students who attend the seminar will have a chance to win one of two LifeCams, Xbox games, a Pocket PC and other exciting prizes and giveaways provided by Microsoft.