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Microsoft's Official Websites : Update

It had been long since I have blogged, busy with the role and responsibility change I went through in the past few weeks. Now, I am back to work and here I go...

The stuff Microsoft creates had always impressed me. This fascination comes from ease of use of its products and, the drag and drop behaviour of most of the functionalities. Browsing through their websites brings me to something wonderful.

I had been collecting links to Microsoft websites, and the list kept growing longer. While checking Google Account Services website, the idea sharing it with all popped up, so here is the list of links I have compiled over time,

  1. Microsoft: The official website of Microsoft.

  2. Asp.Net: A website all about ASP and ASP.NET.

  3. netFx3: Dedicated to .NET Framework 3.0

  4. VWDHosting: Free .NET 2.0 hosting service for development and testing.

  5. CodePlex: Microsoft's open source project hosting web site.

  6. GotDotNet: This paved way for codeplex.com.

  7. Live.com: A website dedicated to all online services of Microsoft namely, search, blogs, mails, etc.

  8. WindowsVista: All about the Windows Vista operating system.

  9. WindowsMarketPlace: A place to buy all Microsoft Windows stuff.

  10. MicrosoftVolumeLicensing:Provides access to licensing terms, conditions and supplemental information.

  11. IdeaWins.com: A website about Microsoft Office Accounting.

  12. FlightSimulator: A website about Microsoft Flight Simulator.

  13. WindowsMedia.com: A website about Windows Media: music, movies, tv, radio, celebrities, games and all.

  14. WindowsUpdate.com: A website about updating your Windows Operating System and staying up to-date.

  15. MicrosoftOffice.com: A website dedicated to the Microsoft Office product technology.

  16. WindowsOneCare.com: A website about the Windows One Care Live service, protecting your system from viruses, worms, trozans, spywares etc.

  17. ZooTycoon.com: A website about gaming and fun.

  18. MicrosoftProgramGuide: Nothing to do with computer programming, it features TV programming schedules for the Windows Media Center Edition machines.

  19. XBox.com: Website about the gaming machine XBOX

  20. WMPlugins.com: Website about Windows Media Player plugins.

  21. FreeToInnovate.com: A legistlative action tool

  22. VisualStudio.com: A website about Visual Studio and related stuff.

  23. Web Development Learning Series: Learning modules designed to leverage the Web development skills you’ve already mastered.

Let me know about other websites, if you know.

Hope this helps.


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