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[UPDATE: I added other US cities I am aware of, any not listed here, I'm not aware of them.  Reminder that these are being hosted by user group communities in partnership with Microsoft.  If you don't attend the user groups sponsoring these events, you have them to thank and you should start attending and getting involved!!!!

These events are made possible by the commitment of user groups.  You should absolutely participate in them, show your support, be an active member and get to know your local developer contact at Microsoft :-).]

want the latest IDE toolset and start developing solutions in .net 3.5 using asp.net ajax, , LINQ, astoria and all the good stuff?

what are you waiting for?  there are various visual studio 2008 installfests around the country.  my team in the west is no different, but maybe you've been having a hard time finding them?  here's a list for all those happening in the west!  please feel free to blog and spread the word.

we're providing a location, install dvd's (these will be evals because the finals aren't pressed yet), and food/drinks.  this will be a good time to get some questions answered, get vs 2008 installed, play around, and hang out with your peers.  each registered and attended individual will receive a special code to receive the fully-licensed visual studio 2008 professional copy sent to them when the full package product is available to ship.

don't miss these events!!!  registration is limited, so get in now and mark your calendars!

the events in the west are:

in the central area are:

in the east are:

please feel free to linkback to this blog post when you spread the word for the links, etc.  pay attention to the details for each location as venue and times may differ.


11/27/2007 11:10 AM | # Upper Midwest?
So you've announced for the West, and I've seen Chris Koenig's announcement for Texas, but is there any sort of centralized list for all the national events? (I'm interested in Minneapolis in particular)
11/27/2007 11:51 AM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
Ah pity I miles from any of these, about 3000 to be exact :(

Any idea if any of these will be coming to Ireland :-)

Thx :-)
11/27/2007 11:52 AM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
When do you plan to come to Sweden? Gothenburg in particular would be interesting...
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11/27/2007 12:06 PM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
Yeah, bring it on in Ohio too.
I love free.
11/27/2007 12:09 PM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
I already have Visual Studio 2008 installed and my closest install-fest is sold-out.

It'd be nice if there were an online version of this for those who can't make it due to distance or sold-out events.
11/27/2007 12:18 PM | # Mountain View
If we have Beta2 installed already should we remove it prior to coming to an event? We're looking forward to the December 13th one in Mountain View.
11/27/2007 12:28 PM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
Is this the same event? Here's one in Michigan!

Event Name: MSDN Events: Visual Studio 2008, “Astoria” and Silverlight

Location: Theater-AMC Livonia 20
Room:
City: Livonia

Start Date: 11/29/2007
Start Time: 01:00 PM

End Date: 11/29/2007
End Time: 05:00 PM
11/27/2007 1:06 PM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
Hey Tim...

That Dec 20th date... that's the same as the MS Event in N. Phoenix... are they really going to do those the same day?

-Dave
11/27/2007 1:31 PM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
Looks like you have the wrong link for the Mountain View, CA event. It goes to the one in Dallas. After a quick look I couldn't find the event in the system either.
11/27/2007 2:22 PM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
nathan: i'm working on updating this post with my full known list

eoin/marko: i'd love to come ;-)

DR: check out http://www.condg.org/ for something on 6 DEC or detroit (http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032361174&Culture=en-US) on 7 DEC

ian: yes, ideally a clean installation is going to be the most simple -- check scottgu's blog for uninstall steps

chris: no, different event

dave: yes -- full day of .net-ness

tomi b: thanks...link corrected!

11/27/2007 4:09 PM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
Tim, Any chance we could pull one of these off in the Bellingham WA area? We are an INETA group but sadly, I never hear about these things until it seems like it is too late... Thanks!
11/27/2007 5:25 PM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
How can we tell which user group is sponsoring a particular event? Specifically, the one in Mountain View... Thanks!
11/27/2007 5:43 PM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
brad bell: for mountain view you can thank the guys at http://baynetug.org!
11/27/2007 8:08 PM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
Wew,

i wish in indonesia available install fest of Visual Studio 2008 :P
11/27/2007 8:13 PM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
I'm looking at this list and *AGAIN* wondering when the hell Microsoft will realize that Salt Lake City exists and has a HUGE developer population.
11/27/2007 9:31 PM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
WTF? Nebraska?
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11/28/2007 7:01 AM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
Installfest Pittsburgh details are posted at http://pghdotnet.org/Events/430.aspx.
11/28/2007 9:02 AM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
We would love to have this come to Albany, NY. Who would we need to contact to set this up?
11/28/2007 11:53 AM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
Hi:

How about for us Canadian VS 2008 Nuts?

:-)
11/28/2007 12:38 PM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
I don't see Cleveland, OH
11/28/2007 12:43 PM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
Link to register for the Melbourne Fl install fest

https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=122892

Link for the Orlando Fl.
http://www.onetug.org/dayofsilverlight/
11/28/2007 12:47 PM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
I have a question on the following:

we're providing a location, install dvd's (these will be evals because the finals aren't pressed yet), and food/drinks.

So we would receive an eval copy of Visual Studio 2008? If that's true, I'm sorry, but that doesn't really sound like much of an incentive to attend. Am I missing something?
11/28/2007 12:58 PM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
scottha: international would depend on the varying countries. i am a part of a US team and our team is doing this for the US...unfortunately i can't speak for other countries

sean: at the installfest you'll get a 90-day trial that will come with a license code to get the full version. since it just came out we don't have "real" dvds completed yet to ship (it just rtm'd a week ago), but participating in this event essentially gives you access to a licensed not-for-resale copy shipped to you when those production dvds are completed. the eval is a full-featured version of vs2008, so there is no functionality loss and will last you long enough until you get the real copy (which at that time then you can just re-enter a key code to refresh your bits -- no full re-install necessary)
11/28/2007 1:36 PM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
OH wants one of these events!!!! Hanselman said to let you know that we'd love to host it here at Grange Insurance World Headquarters - we even have food here (and it ain't 1/2 bad)!!! Let me know if we could work that in sometime in December?!? Please, think of the children!!!
11/28/2007 1:38 PM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
BTW - just as a follow-up: The OH location needs to be Columbus, OH. Please, Please, Please...Columbus, OH...Grange Insurance World Headquarters...
11/28/2007 2:07 PM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
I'm the leader fo the Cleveland C#/VB.Net user group. Who do I talk to about getting this event in Cleveland?
11/28/2007 2:38 PM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
No Salt Lake City, aaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!
11/28/2007 3:03 PM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
I agree....
No Salt Lake City, aaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!
11/28/2007 4:36 PM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
Why no Salt Lake City?
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11/29/2007 6:13 AM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
Is this for USA only? What about Australia??? :(

Please please please have a Melbourne, Australia meet!
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11/29/2007 9:43 AM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
What about UK? London? :(
11/29/2007 10:07 AM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
I find this amusing... Toronto, 5th largest city in North America with 2.5m population doesn't have an event, yet Alpharetta with 43k people does. Logic? Don't think so.

Nothing new here... being 150k north of Buffalo is the same as being on the Moon.
11/29/2007 10:13 AM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
Good thing I'm working on one of probably 2 commercial Silverlight projects in Canada :)
11/29/2007 11:45 AM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
From what I understand all of these events will give you VS 2008 if you install the day of the event on a laptop. At least the KC one said they would send it to you at a later date from what I understand if you were on of the people who installed. Probably the reason that some places do not have this event is either due to an MS Branch in there area or there User Group did not set it up in time. The people in KC had to do it at least a month in advance.
11/29/2007 12:26 PM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
Does anyone know another way to qualify for the free copy. Chicago's session filled up in 2 hours. Milwaukee filled up in 3.5 hours.
11/29/2007 2:56 PM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
Any more in Michigan? I just saw the Livonia one and its too late!
11/30/2007 12:58 PM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
Crap. Sold out in Denver already. This happened to me with 2005 and Office 2007.

Any chance we could just have an InstallFest in my office? I'll provide a demo machine and beer!!!
11/30/2007 1:50 PM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
alpharetta, ga does not have a link. Is Installfest event available in alpharetta, ga?
11/30/2007 2:03 PM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
for those without links, locate the .net user group in the area and join it.
11/30/2007 3:31 PM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
Yes - saw announcement from my user group what seems like a 'day after' - local Minneapolis Fest FULL. Emailed someone in the 'know' - and he said it had filled in 15 minutes - Did some company with 150 employees have each sign up the instant announced? 15 minutes? Not fair. I signed up and am driving to another state... not fair - not FREE.
12/1/2007 12:25 AM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
Do you know of any in Canada? Ideally Vancouver?
12/1/2007 7:19 AM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
Is there any chance this could also be held in the Philippines?
12/8/2007 10:57 AM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
Hi Tim,

thanks for posting the list. I just went to the InstallFest in the detroit area... it was a really great event. I do have one concern though, I went to install the VS2008 Trial and it said that the digital signature could not be verified and that a certain cab file was corrupt. Will this be a problem when I enter my registration code for the full version or should the full version work? I was able to install my brothers version of the trial on my PC
12/10/2007 1:28 PM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
What can we do to get them to swing by the Utah .Net user's group?
12/12/2007 9:31 PM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
I'm running the Indianapolis event tomorrow night. For our area, the Micosoft office determined which cities and groups would participate. Limited budgets and limited copies of the software meant they couldn't do it everywhere, even though I believe they would have liked to.

As was noted in previous comments. When you are giving away expensive software, registration to the event goes very very fast. Our event took a little longer than 2 hours to fill to capacity, but not much.

Someone asked about other events. In our area it has been stated that there will be other opportunties to get the software. DevCares events (DevCares.com) might have them. Other events might have small quantities as well. Microsoft is good at giving out software. If there are other opportunities, chances are the local user group will hear about them.
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12/14/2007 2:21 PM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
One hint for anyone going--the framework installation can eat up anwhere from 30-50 minutes of the total installtion. You can save a lot of time by installing an Express SKU the night before. My entire installation was under an hour since I already had the framework installed. There were a couple of guys pushing 2.5 hrs for their installation.
12/21/2007 8:51 AM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
Hi,

I would like to know about such events in India.I searched on msevents.microsoft.com but was unable to find any.

Regards,
Kiran
2/13/2008 5:11 PM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
Hi,

I attended an installfest in Orlando a while back. Installed the trial on my laptop, as did a friend that joined me. We haven't received our real license. What happened and is there anyone I can email about getting the license as the trial will expire soon.
2/13/2008 5:37 PM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
brian: the trial is good for 90 days so it shouldn't be expiring that soon. the shipments will be going out shortly as explained at the installfests that we ourselves had to wait for the product boxes to be completed.
6/4/2008 12:24 AM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
i required visual studio 2008 ( enterprise / pro version)
9/1/2008 8:19 PM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
not Pro, it's the STANDARD Version!!!!
9/6/2008 5:22 AM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
the scranton link dosent work
10/5/2008 10:32 AM | # re: get visual studio 2008 pro for free
Iam looking forward TO see whate can i do with the vs2008 pro
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