MSE rises like a phoenix from the beta ashes

Summary:Knock knock. Who's there? A shameless self-marketing campaign, trying to throw anything Microsoft related your way.

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Knock knock. Who's there? A shameless self-marketing campaign, trying to throw anything Microsoft related your way. Well, not any more anyway, as the Microsoft Student Experience has been thrown out of beta with golden depth charges.

The website now looks what it actually is, Microsoft's central portal for students. Not only does it have tutorials in how to get things done (naturally with Microsoft's products), it has a wide variety of content for all kinds of students, needing all kinds of things.

It has input from students all over the world, studying at all kinds of universities, offering advice, thoughts, knowledge and stories on many-a-topic. The interesting thing, before when it was just a self-promotion, arrogant-almost website, this really is a valuable resource for students.

Covering studies, student life and your future, in three different categories, it'll make easy reading and browsing through. It's not necessarily something you should spend your time looking for something on there; more something you can read once in a while with no obligation.

Of course, they have all kinds of things to download and use with their own products. Templates for Office documents to help with writing bibliographies, different kind of letter writing templates, writing your resume/CV; but also interesting things to keep you organised with your finances, tracking your accomplishments, even a way to keep track of your grades.

They have a blog which will be updated semi-regularly by Microsoft staff, products and discounts to show and share, even those for Mac OS X systems can see what's on offer.

For those interested in extra-curricular activities with your university and Microsoft, the "more sites" has much more to show you, from the different areas within Microsoft.

I guess it's just one of those things you have to see for yourselves, really. After some experimentation (and a lot of drinking), there doesn't seem to be any regional countries yet, but I'm sure they'll throw something out in the near future. Keep up to date with their newsletter, which is free and available for anyone with a Windows Live ID.

Topics: Software, Apple, Browser, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Software Development

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Zack Whittaker writes for ZDNet, CNET, and CBS News. He is based in New York City.

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