Microsoft and Collaborate to Help People Find Jobs

REDMOND, Wash. — June 20, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. and today announced a new collaboration that will provide job seekers and those who want to change careers with tools and resources to get started in the growing field of Web and application development. Microsoft will provide visitors to with access to the Visual Studio® Express and SQL Server™ Express editions, as well as additional career development resources from Microsoft® Learning. will offer exclusive service discounts to Visual Studio Express users.

The demand for Web and Windows® application development is quickly gaining momentum across a variety of industries. In the last year alone, experienced a 30 percent increase in the number of posted jobs that require expertise in Microsoft .NET Framework-based development. The learning resources and easy-to-use development tools available through the collaboration between and Microsoft will help job seekers learn critical skills for jump-starting a new career in the software development industry.

“Approximately 60 percent of Visual Studio Express users are new to .NET development. By joining with, Microsoft is taking another step toward bringing the power of programming to new and existing developers who are looking to realize their potential and find a challenging and fulfilling career in application development,” said Steve Guggenheimer, general manager of application platform and development marketing at Microsoft. “Although Visual Studio Express is a great choice for hobbyist and recreational programmers, it’s also a natural starting point for people who want to make a career out of developing .NET-based applications for Windows, the Web and devices.”

“Over the past few years, we’ve seen a significant spike in both the amount of IT-related job searches and postings,” said Brent Rasmussen, chief operating officer for “By providing these job seekers with access to Microsoft’s entry-level application development tool, we’re opening the door to new career opportunities in application development and giving them the resources to find a job.”

The programming resources and content offered to visitors and Visual Studio Express users through the collaboration include the following:

  • Access to Visual Studio Express and SQL Server Express Edition directly from’s Web site

  • Exclusive job-search tool discounts to help registered Visual Studio Express users jump-start their job search. Discounts will apply to résumé upgrades, and résumé distribution and background check services.

  • Access to career development resources from Microsoft Learning, including portions of e-books, e-learning content and vouchers for discounted exams (

Microsoft and are also planning to provide visitors to with unique learning content, providing them with an additional level of information to help advance their skills.

Visual Studio Express Builds Skills for Career Success

The Visual Studio Express editions are a collection of lightweight, easy-to-learn and easy-to-use software development tools Microsoft created to lower the barriers of entry for the next generation of developers. It is providing visitors to with access to these resources to help them get started programming and learn skills that will translate to a career in .NET-based application development. The Microsoft Visual Studio Express product line consists of Visual Web Developer™ Express, Visual Basic® Express, Visual C#® Express, Visual C++® Express and Visual J#® Express. These products can also be used with SQL Server 2005 Express Edition, which provides a free and lightweight database solution for applications created with Visual Studio Express.

Availability and Additional Information

Specific information about the offerings for visitors to is available on More information about the Visual Studio Express editions is available at

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