Andrew Coates ::: MSFT

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November, 2011

  • Andrew Coates ::: MSFT

    Australian and New Zealand SharePoint Conferences 2012 - Call for Speakers Closes 1 December



    The Australian and New Zealand SharePoint Conferences are JUST around the corner. These events are organised by a dedicated group of NZ and AUS Community Leaders and MVP’s - Debbie Ireland, Mark Rhodes, Nick Hadlee, Mark Orange, James Milne and Kathy Hughes.  Once again, the team are organising SharePoint conferences in Australia (Melbourne 20-21 March 2012) and New Zealand (Auckland 28-29 March 2012).


    Deadline for submissions into the technical tracks is 1 December : Please go to to register.

    Voice of Customer / Case Studies

    This track is being revised. The idea is to promote "what SharePoint does", "what cool things we have done with SharePoint" and "what business processes we have improved/ productivity gains etc." - Customers will  do shorter (20-30 min) demo based sessions – on things they have done, following a prescribed structure - Business issue, solution, gains, in time, productivity, $, ROI, or something to that effect.

    This is an ideal opportunity for partners to work alongside customers to demo stuff, and show what they have helped to do. Note that these DO NOT have to be technical, complex solutions. They can be simple - the objective to help people see what is possible. If you have any ideas please email to

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    Windows Azure BizSpark Startup Camp in Brisbane 2-4 December


    Via Catherine Eibner

    On December 2nd- 4th we are holding an Azure Bizspark Start-up Camp in our Brisbane office in the lead up to the launch of our Innovation Centre. This unique opportunity will showcase the potential when Government, Incubators, Universities and Microsoft come together to help Startups.

    More details on Catherine's blog.

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    Free Art for your WP7 App


    If you're graphically challenged like me, but you still want to create gorgeous Windows Phone 7 applications, you need to find wither a tame graphic designer/artist or a great source of beautiful art that's designed for the form factor.

    The folks at Microsoft Japan have released the Windows Phone Apps Art Gallery, which is "created for developers to freely use the provided materials for their Windows Phone applications".

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    SQL Server Denali Sydney Breakfast Briefing 1 December


    The good folk at Readify are running a free breakfast briefing on 1 December in the Sydney CBD to give you a lap around the next version of SQL Server, code-named "Denali".

    Register on their Eventbrite site.

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    LightSwitch Star Contest - Win an ASUS Laptop


    MS VS LightSwitch Star Contest - banners - 728x90

    The folks over at The Code Project have launched a cool contest so you can show off your LightSwitch skills and win prizes in the process.

    From their release:

    Do you have what it takes to be a LightSwitch Star? Show us your coolest, most productive, LightSwitch business application and you could win a Laptop and other great prizes!

    Prizes will be issued monthly for two categories: Most Efficient Business Application and Most Ground-breaking Application. Your submission is eligible to win every month! There’s also a grand prize at the end of the contest for each category – an ASUS U31SD-DH31 Laptop!

    Just answer the questions on the submission template and either create a YouTube video or write an article for CodeProject explaining your application or extension. They’re looking for apps that show off the most productivity in a business as well as apps that use extensions in a unique, innovative way.

    And so it goes on.

    For the full scoop, check out their page.

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