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Microsoft releases Windows Home Server 2011

The new version of Windows Home Server has officially been released, with the product due to reach TechNet and MSDN subscribers in early April and start showing up on computers in May.

By March 31, 2011


Microsoft offers upgrade deal for developers

Users of standard version of Visual Studio 2008 or 2005 can upgrade to the new version for $299 for a limited time. Also, Visual Studio 2010 Professional will come with a 1-year trial version of MSDN.

By March 2, 2010


Office 2010 beta available for developers

The updated test version is now available to members of Microsoft's MSDN and TechNet developer programs.

By November 16, 2009


Windows 7 beta ready to go

MSDN, TechBeta, and TechNet subscribers can get their hands on the software now, while the general public will get to test-drive the new OS starting Friday.

By January 8, 2009


Microsoft expands XP SP3 testing

A test version of the forthcoming update to Windows XP is expanded to include MSDN and TechNet subscribers. The service pack is largely a collection of previously issued bug fixes and security updates.

By December 3, 2007


Windows Vista available to developers

Members of MSDN and TechNet can download the final code of the new OS. Plus, some testers of Vista will get free copies.

By November 17, 2006


Microsoft opens out Exchange 12 preview

Taps TechNet and MSDN members for evaluation of early version of the planned update of its e-mail and calendar server software.

By March 1, 2006


Microsoft: Office beta born too soon

The software giant removes the second test version of the next edition of Office that it accidentally posted on its MSDN Web site.

February 19, 2003


Short Take: Microsoft unveils XML site

Microsoft has launched an XML Web site for software developers. The site, called the MSDN XML Developer Center, will provide programmers with software tools, advice, and other resources for XML. The technology is a Web standard that lets businesses easily exchange data.

August 27, 1999


Short Take: Microsoft merges developer sites

Microsoft folded its Site Builder Network into the MSDN developer site for creating applications for the Windows operating system. The combined sites will feature a customizable start page and merged search functionality.

By March 31, 1999