Microsoft is having launch events around the country at some campuses near you! Space is limited. Not clear whether or not you must be a student, but try anyways! I know my campus - San Jose State Univ is already filled, good luck to the rest of you!
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Visual Studio .NET is coming to a campus near you! Starting March 4, 2002
Attend a Visual Studio .NET launch event on campus as our guest.
Microsoft Visual Studio .NET is the revolutionary new development tool that will enable you to rapidly build next generation applications that can target any Internet device and integrate with any platform. Experience it firsthand — when you attend a complementary launch event coming to a city near you.
This comprehensive development tool is the most sophisticated, productivity-enhancing development toolset ever created. After four years in development and 2.5 million betas distributed, Visual Studio .NET will enable developers and software architects like you to:
use virtually any programming language
leverage your existing skills to rapidly build applications and XML Web services that target any device and integrate any platform
rapidly build, integrate and operate XML Web services and applications
increase productivity with an Open Tools Platform
adapt quickly to changing markets
integrate existing applications with business partners and customers
build on an extensible, standards-based foundation
and so much more!
All attendees will receive the full version of Visual Studio .NET Academic, a full version of Windows XP Professional, and other valuable items. Join us for an overview of the .NET Framework and a live demonstration of Visual Studio .NET. Choose the campus nearest you!
Plus, when you attend an event you'll have the chance to win* prizes which could include:
Microsoft Press Books
$500 American Express Gift Certificates