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Christian Longstaff on developers, cloud and marketing

August, 2007

Blog - About

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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    Day One: Australia Partner Conference

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    We are half way through the first day at the Australia Partner Conference, in Hamilton Island. Although we have been here since Monday for a series of pre-days, including Unified Communications and Business Intelligence. I'm looking forward to my presentation...
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    NSW Cluster Meeting

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    I attended my first NSW DOT NET Cluster event yesterday. It was a really good evening, with an interesting panel debate on how to raise capital to fund development. Richard White from Cargowise (sitting on the far right) and two Venture Capitalists (on...
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    Meet me in Hamilton Island

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    If you are attending the Australia Partner Conference and are doing some cool things around the Web and/or offering any Software + Services solution, click here to visit my profile and setup some time with me. I look forward to meeting you.
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    VSTO Resources

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    Andrew Coates has some good resources on Visual Studio Tools for the 2007 Microsoft Office System (VSTO) Resources: bits & bytes Get Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Tools for the 2007 Microsoft Office System Visit the Visual Studio Tools for Office Forum...
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    Our Partner Satisfaction Survey Coming Soon!

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    It's almost that time of year again... where we ask you for feedback on where we've done a good job and where we need to improve. As part of this effort to improve partner & customer satisfaction, we are sponsoring the Global Relationship Study. This...
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    Software + Services Presentation

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    I have almost finished my presentation for the Australia Partner Conference. I've just been told that over 100 have registered, so there goes my plan on secretly moving the meeting to the beach. Unless anybody knows of a large pub on the Island? My...
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    Silverlight RC2

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    Tim blogs Silverlight RC2 almost with us! Also click here to see more examples built in Silverlight... Technorati Tags: Silverlight
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    CNET Channel and Amazon Partnership

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    Two new partnerships were announced this week: CNET Channel (the leading provider of product information to online retailers in North America, Western Europe and Australia) who will syndicate and promote "Certified for Windows Vista" and "Works with Windows...
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    Microsoft Web Experience DVD

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    As part of the new Web solutions pages up on the Partner Portal , you can request a Microsoft Web Experience Stack DVD . This is a great resource which is proving to be really popular as it allows you to really test drive our new platform, push it's limits...
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    I Hate My Website

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    Reading the Office Live blog , I saw this eBook (sponsored by Office Live ), “ I Hate my Website: 10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Website, Plus 9 Things Never to do” was released last week. If you are new to the web or want some practical advice on what...
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    News for Action Pack Subscribers

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    From 30 November 2007 , partners either renewing or subscribing to the Action Pack will be required to take an online course from the Partner Learning Centre and pass with a score of 70% or higher, every two years . Supplemental Kit Offerings: Action...
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    SQL Down Under Event

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    Another one from Chuck: SQL Code Camp is sure to be the SQL Server event of the year! The site for the 2007 event is now being updated and is at: http://www.sqldownunder.com/CodeCamp/tabid/53/Default.aspx with a RSS feed. Many great local speakers have...
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    Microsoft Products Roadmap

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    The slides are coming through from our Partner Conference in Denver and from our Sales & Marketing Conference. As Long Zheng says, it's been a while since I've seen one slide with all of our product roadmap. It's here! As you'll see from the comments...
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    SharePoint Goes Web 2.0

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    I'm been looking at this community kit for SharePoint for a while now and as Eileen says: more and more people are coming round to the idea of SharePoint Wikis and blogs, so the release of our web 2.0 "addon " (great marketing term eh?) is a really great...
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    WebTrends & Social Networks

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    From Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim: WebTrends releases a new version of their Marketing Lab web analytics product. Mark Evans suggests that the music industry no longer needs fear peer-to-peer networks. It’s social networks that are sharing illegal music...
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    MOSS 2007 Developer Courses in Australia

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    From Siatro : A 4-day developer centric course has just been finalised for Melbourne, Brisbane & Perth based on the very successful Sydney one held this July (another is being panned for Sydney so I will blog it as soon as I hear about it). Please...
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    Hosted Visual Studio Team System

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    Frank blogged this yesterday and since I've started this job, it's been the number one request I've had from Partners with an Action Pack or an Empower subscription. Well it's hear, courtesy of Readify . It won't be long until you can use VS in Second...
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    Nick Mayhew

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    Nick has clearly been really busy blogging recently and posted some useful stuff: ISVs - how to make business proposals to Microsoft Australian Partner Conference selling out fast The Map To Success for Partners Sharepoint Sales Break US$800m Learn all...
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