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  • Blog Post: Interview: Jason Reading on Winning the Australian Small Business Solutions Partner of the Year in 2009

    With only two days left to submit your Partner of the Year award entry, I thought it a great opportunity to inspire you by asking last year's Small Business Solutions Partner of the Year winner about his experience... PARTNER : Jason Reading of Comcity Technology (shown second from left, accepting...
  • Blog Post: Are you the Microsoft Australia Small Business Partner of the Year?

    Potentially you could be - but unless you submit an entry , we'll never know! HURRY - SUBMISSIONS CLOSE SOON! "This is only going to inspire our team to continue to build industry leading solutions for a market segment we’re passionate about – because we are a small business too." ...
  • Blog Post: SMB Community Events in Australia – Registration now Open

    Wayne Small, Dean Calvert & Stuart Applegate (SBS MVPs) have been working hard and are pleased to offer you community events around the country. Microsoft are sending two members from the Corporate SMB/SBS team to Australia in June, who, along with Jeff Middleton, will educate SMB Partners on how...
  • Blog Post: Update Your Solution Profile Today!

    Hi Partners, Update your Solution Profile Today! Solution Finder is switching to Pinpoint - the new, improved technology marketplace helping you connect your applications and services with business customers. Australia’s Pinpoint is launching soon, but you can browse the US Pinpoint here and get excited...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 8 is the safest version yet

    Hi Partners, Cyber criminals continue to rely on deceptive social engineering attacks to prey on unsuspecting web users. And the threat is constantly evolving. To counter it, Internet Explorer 8 includes new security features that offer an unrivalled level of protection in independent tests. For example...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Business Building Sessions are coming…. SAVE THE DATE

    Hi Partners, Microsoft Business Building Sessions is coming…… are you ready?? If you are an ISV/ SMB Microsoft Partner, save the following dates : Date Location Thursday 18th March Brisbane Friday 19th March Melbourne Monday 22nd March Adelaide Wednesday 24th March Perth Tuesday 30th March Sydney Perth...
  • Blog Post: Global Relationship Survey - March and April

    As part of our ongoing efforts to improve the partner experience, Microsoft will be conducting our regular Global Relationship Survey throughout March and April. In the next few weeks, it is possible that you will be invited to participate in the survey by our certified research vendor – IPSOS...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft coming to a town near you (Regional NSW)

    Microsoft will be hosting partner events across NSW in the coming months, our aim is to travel to >20 Sydney metro and regional areas across NSW and southern QLD. I will be making time to meet with SMB Partners 1:1 in area’s I will be visiting, and hosting 12 events across the below locations. Areas...
  • Blog Post: Drive your business with Volume Licensing by Robbie Upcroft

    Want to maximise your revenue and build stronger customer relationships? Then join us in our upcoming Volume Licensing Webinar on Thursday 15 May from 10.30am until 11.00am EST. Here you can learn how to grow your profits whilst adding value to your customers. Find out how you can participate in this...
  • Blog Post: Your Chance to Co-Market with Microsoft - (Sydney event) by Robbie Upcroft

    Partners often tell us that they don’t have the resources available to run and host customer events. If that sounds like you, now is your chance to participate in a co-marketing activity with Microsoft. We are running a demand generation event targeted at small to medium business customers (50-250 PCs...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista® Service Pack 1 (SP1) is now here and it represents a great opportunity for businesses to move forward by Robbie Upcroft

    We have incorporated feedback received from customers who have worked with Windows Vista in the field as well as from automated tools that have captured information on applications and events, the result is an update that covers security and performance patches and added capabilities to make the environment...
  • Blog Post: 100% Subsidised Training Opportunity for Partners Selling into Small to Medium Business! by Robbie Upcroft

    Are you interested in a 100% subsidised training course from Microsoft? We’d like to hear why. Tell us in 25 words or less why you would like to take up this complimentary training offer and the answers judged to be the best and most creative will receive vouchers to attend one of the following courses...
  • Blog Post: Worldwide Partner Conference Awards by Robbie Upcroft

    DON’T MISS THE AWARDS SUBMISSION PERIOD! The submission period for the 2008 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference Awards will very soon be drawing to a close. We hope that you are planning to nominate a solution. If you are then we recommend that you complete and submit your entry as soon as you...
  • Blog Post: News on our new SMB Windows Server options by Robbie Upcroft

    This is an important announcement for SBSCs - all about our new midsized and small business servers. Great business opportunities! " REDMOND, Wash. — Feb. 20, 2008 — To help small and midsize organizations improve business efficiency, increase productivity and drive growth, Microsoft Corp. introduced...
  • Blog Post: Improving the Windows Vista experience for you and your customers: Attention Action Pack Subscribers by Robbie Upcroft

    Microsoft is always looking for ways to improve our programs and products to help Partners sustain business profitability for long-term success. We have been working hard to improve Microsoft Windows Vista, culminating in the upcoming Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1). Here’s what you can expect...
  • Blog Post: The Power of Community by Robbie Upcroft

    This is a great post from a Small Business Specialist in the UK about how a group of SBSC partners were able to get together to help another win a major contract. A fantastic example of how the SBSC community can work together and support each other for mutual benefit. Thanks to Robbie Upcroft for passing...
  • Blog Post: Register for Heroes Happen {2008} – THE biggest launch event of the year! (Australia Only) by Robbie Upcroft

    The launch of Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008 represents the largest outreach to IT professionals and developers in the history of Microsoft. As a Microsoft Partner, the launch represents an opportunity for you to become a "hero" to your customers, who will be relying on your...
  • Blog Post: Solution Finder.. An Open Letter to SBSC's by Robbie Upcroft

    To Our Valued Microsoft Small Business Specialist Partner Community, Recently at the 2007 Microsoft Small Business Symposium, a pre-day to the Worldwide Partner Conference in Denver, the Small Business Specialist team heard passionate feedback from you regarding the Microsoft Solution Finder online...
  • Blog Post: SBS and Forefront by Robbie Upcroft

    I've had a few people ask questions about the the interoperability with Forefront and SBS - have had a chat to a few Microsofties and I've included comments below: “Whilst Microsoft haven’t yet made any public statements about the Forefront server Products – we can confirm that Microsoft Antigen 9...
  • Blog Post: Presenting...... The New Partner Portal!!by Robbie Upcroft

    As many of you will have noticed, today heralded the launch of our brand spanking new and shiny Partner Portal . In response to feedback from you guys, we've made some significant changes that will help you find relevant information faster. Karina Silva, our Partner Communications Manager is the...
  • Blog Post: Important activation changes to Windows Vista by Robbie Upcroft

    To: Microsoft Partners From: Allison Watson Subject: Important activation changes to Windows Vista Date: April 27, 2007 As a valued partner and trusted advisor to our customers, I wanted to re-iterate Microsoft’s commitment to helping protect consumers and software resellers from the risks associated...
  • Blog Post: SBSC Add-On Kit - Update by Robbie Upcroft

    I've had a few questions from Partners about the SBSC Add-On Pack - date for shipping was late April. However, Corp shipped the kit to us without the second Visual Basic CD - so instead of sending you a incomplete kit and then sending you another a few weeks later with the missing CD - I made the...
  • Blog Post: Online training - Business and Technology Toolkit By Robbie Upcroft

    Corp have just finalised the exclusive SBSC training for the new Business and Technology Toolkit and you can view the 6-part course here . The course demonstrates why and how Partners can conduct business assessments with their small business clients using the Microsoft Business & Technology Assessment...
  • Blog Post: Just launched - Action Pack Managed Newsgroup by Robbie Upcroft

    Hot off the press - Corp have just launched an Action Pack Managed News Group for support around Action Pack! They have committed to a 1-day turnaround on responses - which given its based in the US will be a bit longer here in Australia. Should be a great way to get faster responses to your questions...
  • Blog Post: SBSC Exclusive Add-On Kit by Robbie Upcroft

    We've finally had confirmation on the release date of the MAPS SBSC Add-On Kit - which will hit your desks in mid April. The Kit is part of a new value-add for SBSCers - and you will receive one every quarter. Despite the fact that the name of the kit implies that it is only for Action Pack subscribers...
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