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Christian Longstaff on developers, cloud and marketing

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About Christian Longstaff's Blog:

Hi, I’m Christian. I work for Microsoft Australia as the Windows Azure Partner Strategy and Marketing Manager helping partners grow their businesses with the Azure platform. I have been with the company for over 10 years in various Partner facing and technical marketing roles.

This blog covers a variety of topics but I am especially interested in Partners adopting and developing on Microsoft technology, but also any software, services and communities. I would love to hear from you if you have a great powered-by-Azure example, especially around Mobile, Social Media Apps or Websites.

To contact me, please email christian dot longstaff at microsoft dot com

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    Australian Windows Azure Innovation

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    Since joining the Partner Team to help partners adopt the Windows Azure platform , I have met many companies producing awesome apps powered by Azure. As such, I created this collection of stories to share with you. If you would like more information,...
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    REMIX10 Last Chance to buy Early Bird Tickets

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    Tomorrow (Friday 14 May) is your last chance to buy early bird tickets at $195 including GST for REMIX Australia 2010. We really hope you can join us to hear more about the future of the web. There’s plenty of content on developing for Windows Phone 7...
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    Save $100 on REMIX10 Australia Lovefest tickets

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    As you may have seen on Michael’s blog , REMIX10 has been announced. Please find below the invitation and keep and eye on the REMIX Website for more information and the latest news.
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    Take the Donkey Work out of web development

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    We launched a new campaign today to promote the Web Platform Installer. Very simply, WebPI is a tool that installs IIS7, extensions, tools, runtimes and applications in a easy to use manner. Get complimentary apps for everything from blogging to e-commerce...
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    MSDN Australia Book Club #3: Building on the Windows 7 User Experience to Delight Your Customers

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    Join us for this MSDN Book Club to discuss “ Building on the Windows 7 User Experience to Delight Your Customers ” When? Friday 26th March 2010 @ 12-1pm Sydney time. Click here to add the event to your diary Join the meeting Chosen video to review...
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    Azure in Australia

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    Our Azure Lead, Greg Willis , was busy last week with the Australian Launch Event on Tuesday 23rd here in Sydney!   Our keynote speaker, David Chappell , delivered an excellent presentation on cloud platforms in general which was very well received...
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    MSDN Australia Book Club #2: Developing Azure Applications for PHP, Ruby and Java using Eclipse

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    We hope you can join us for our second MSDN Australia Book Club. What’s the Book Club? A regular LiveMeeting community discussion on a chosen presentation or video. This time we’ll be joined by Vijay Rajagopalan to discuss Developing Windows Azure Applications...
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    Register to hear Robbie Bach on the future of technology and entertainment

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    When? Tuesday 9th February 2010 at 6.30pm Where? University of Sydney: New Law School Auditorium Who? Developers who are interested in hearing Robbie Bach’s (President, Microsoft Entertainment & Devices Division) view on the future of technology...
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    Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Just Got Easy

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    Optimise for and more! Microsoft announced today a new extension for IIS: the SEO Toolkit . Once installed, you can review your website via the IIS Manager to make tweaks fast. The SEO Toolkit includes detailed analysis and search engine friendly suggestions...
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    MSDN Australia Book Club #1: Big Algorithms Made Easy

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    Andrew Coates and Joel Pobar have organised our first MSDN Book Club! Review Joel’s TechEd presentation , download the slides and join this Book Club LiveMeeting to have your questions answered and to discuss the finer points of “Big Algorithms Made Easy...
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    HTC HD2 coming in January

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    It is the Christmas present that is worth the wait ‘til January!  The HTC HD2 You can win 1 of 5 HTC HD2 Windows phones by visiting http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/en-au/meet/HTC-HD2.mspx and telling the team in 25 words or less how the HTC...
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    MSDN LinkedIn Group

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    Most of the Aussie DPE Team are on LinkedIn and I thought I’d create a local MSDN group for Australian Developers to enable some discussion. Click here to join. We’re going to use LinkedIn to ask Developers if there’s interest in participating in...
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    Introducing FranklySpeaking

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    Two of our Developer Evangelists, Andrew Coates and Michael Kordahi (as seen in the “ we’re looking for a boss ” video) have setup a new podcast, “ FranklySpeaking ”. It’s a great listen and if you’re interested in technology, I think you’ll enjoy it...
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    Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4 Update

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    Big news today from ScottGu’s blog is that there will be another public preview release of VS2010 and .NET 4 before shipping the final product. Read on for an excerpt from Scott's blog for why… In October we shipped the public Beta 2 release of...
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    Are you a Hero? Sign up for AU$150

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    The Search is on... we are looking for Australia’s Certification Heroes! We want to hear from you if becoming Microsoft Certified has helped change your career by making you more valuable in your current role or by helping you gain a promotion. Every...
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    Innovation Day Tour 2009

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    Sarah in the Partner Team is organising a lap around the map for a series of Innovation Days. The morning sessions is on emerging opportunities for the web, mobile and beyond: To deliver innovative experiences to attract and retain loyal customers. To...
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    Office 2010 Beta Available via MSDN

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    If you are an MSDN subscriber, Office 2010 beta is available for download. If you’re interested in exploring the developer investments in Office 2010, visit the Developer Centre . SharePoint 2010 is also available via MSDN Subscriber Downloads . There...
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    Windows Server 2008 R2 Developer Training

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    Check out this set of nifty Windows Server 2008 R2 training tidbits for developers:   New R2 Learning Center   Explore this significant Windows Server release via a self-paced training course of videos and hands-on-labs with a focus on performance...
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    Hammer Time

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    Today at 1.30pm (Sydney time) is HAMMER TIME. We will be holding our first LIVE Smooth Streaming event in Australia with MTV interviewing MC Hammer (who also appeared on Rove last Sunday). Hammer is Down Under promoting the new Xbox game Lips featuring...
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    Visual Studio 2010 Australian Road Show

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    The developer solution team are visiting eight cities over the next couple of months to tell Australia about the new Visual Studio 2010 . Register now as places are limited.
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    New look for Aussie MSDN Flash

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    We published a new look for the MSDN Flash and I’d be interested in your thoughts: is this a useful resource for you? How would you improve it? A lot of the feedback I received at TechEd was to make the newsletter shorter by making it a snap shot of what...
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    Harvey Norman Plan To Sell The World’s First Copy Of Windows 7

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    Gizmodo have reported that Harvey Norman will be open at midnight this evening which makes them one of the first retailers in the world to sell a copy of Windows 7. Click here to find a store near you or visit their Windows 7 promo site . You can even...
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    Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 is Here

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    Microsoft announced today the immediate availability of Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 and Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 to MSDN subscribers with general availability following on 21 October. Check out and download Beta 2 Featured overviews...
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    New look for MSDN

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    Beth’s blog has some really good discussion about the new look for MSDN just around the corner… the Visual Basic Developer Centre is a good preview of what’s to come... The current look: What’s new? New colour – from red to blue… Better layout on the...
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    3 weeks to submit your AIMIA Amy nomination

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    AIMIA is calling for entries into the 16th Annual AIMIA Awards, which celebrate the very best examples of digital media in Australia and New Zealand.  Known affectionately as “The Amys” by the industry, the awards showcase work undertaken by Australia...
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