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  • Blog Post: MSDN Australia Book Club #2: Developing Azure Applications for PHP, Ruby and Java using Eclipse

    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 for PHP Ruby and Java using Eclipse "...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Australia Book Club #1: Big Algorithms Made Easy

    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”. More info here .
  • Blog Post: Introducing FranklySpeaking

    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 too…  Let the boys know what you think…
  • Blog Post: ZDNet Australia & CeBIT 2008 Emerging Innovation Award

    As a major partner and media sponsor of the show, ZDNet Australia is again teaming up with CeBIT to host the ZDNet Australia and CeBIT 2008 Emerging Innovation Award . The award seeks to recognise and applaud stand-out technological innovations that have had a significant impact on the Australian landscape...
  • Blog Post: Calling all Green & Indigenous Solution Providers

    Nick and I are on the look out for Aussie Partners creating Green and/or Indigenous solutions to create a bit of a list. Keep an eye on Nick's blog for the latest list, but expect to see this at our Australia Partner Conference. To add your company, please either like a comment on Nick's blog here or...
  • Blog Post: Key Analyst Reports

    Just seen this blog posting from Bruce Rasmussen who found this great blog summarising recent analysts reports which ultimately links here . Some of the really interesting ones for me include: IDE Usage Trends (Forrester Research, Feb 12, 2008, .pdf file, 560 kb) This Forrester report examines IDE usage...
  • Blog Post: New Voices for Innovation Website

    We just launched a brand new, entirely redesigned Voices for Innovation (VFI) website . The new site provides many new features that we hope will make VFI even more valuable to our members and in particular to you. There's a touch of Silverlight, the ability to personalise the home page, meet other innovators...
  • Blog Post: Aussie Blog Updates

    Andy Coates published the latest Aussie blogs Roger Lawrence (Sydney) - our new Group Manager, Developer Evangelism. Still drinking from the fire hose , but blogs increasingly frequently . Bit of a Windows Mobile buff . Dave Glover (Melbourne) - Developer Evangelist extraordinaire and passionate ISV...
  • Blog Post: Positive changes to the Open XML standard

    Brian Jones blogged recently about the latest round of proposed changes to the Open XML standard. If you read the status report released by TC45 you'll see that there have been some pretty significant changes proposed so far, and you'll see more are on the way. Here's a link to the TC45 report: http...
  • Blog Post: Popfly for Business

    John's post on Popfly seems to have popped up a lot in the Microsoft blogsphere recently. There's a great example on how Popfly could be used in the retail space with the "Gift-o-Matic"... I thought I was pretty familiar with what it could do after a few of Nick Hodge's demos... but this is cool (discounting...
  • Blog Post: New Facebook Group

    I created a Microsoft Aussie ISV Facebook group which you are more than welcome to join, contribute and have a play with. If are you involved in an event, take a photo and upload it :) Technorati Tags: Microsoft , Microsoft Partners , Microsoft Australia , Facebook , Aussie ISV Facebook Group
  • Blog Post: ISVs are from Mars, and Hosters are from Venus

    Reading Gianpaolo's blog , I noticed they have published a white paper which covers the the sometime quirky relationships that exist between ISVs wanting to deliver their software as a service and Hosters. Here is an excerpt from the paper: The Impetus for Specialized SaaS Hosting The case for specialized...
  • Blog Post: Andy Lees Videos

    I have just posted the third Andrew Lees video to Partner-TV Australia . Andy visited Australia last month and we interviewed him on Bondi Beach as well as filming the 2008 Launch Wave Partner Briefing at our Sydney office. Partner-TV: 60 Seconds on the 2008 Launch Wave (just over 1 minute) Partner-TV...
  • Blog Post: Messenger IM Control and Presence API Beta

    Today Angus Logan announced the availability of Windows Live Messenger IM Control & Presence API. Get it now for your blog or website as it's a great way to connect with your customers. In a nutshell, it allows people to publish their presence and receive messages via the web from anonymous users...
  • Blog Post: Happy Birthday Blue Monster

    Reading Steve's blog , I can't believe it's a been year since I met the Blue Monster. Steve's blog recounts the journey he took along with Hugh MacLeod . I remember thinking, "What's that all about" and being pretty excited to receive one of the limited edition lithographs . Happy Birthday :) Technorati...
  • Blog Post: Win an AIMIA Award

    Nominations for the 14th Annual AIMIA Awards, the longest running and most prestigious awards in Australia’s interactive media industry, will be closing Friday 9th November 2007! There are plenty of Awards Categories to choose from, so click here to start your entry: Best Advertising or Marketing Best...
  • Blog Post: Welcome Wendy Smith

    Wendy has joined the team and the blogsphere as the new Channel Development Manager, to help the Small Business Specialist Community be successful, which in turn drives our success. Welcome to Microsoft, Wendy ! Technorati Tags: Wendy Smith , SBSC
  • Blog Post: Open XML - submit your question

    I am interviewing Sarah Bond, our Open XML lead for Australia on Friday 21st September . I know many of our partners have lots of questions around Open XML and this is an opportunity to receive the information from the horses mouth, so to speak (sorry Sarah). Please submit any questions you have by Friday...
  • Blog Post: New Australia 2008 Wave Launch Blog

    Nick Mayhew has created a new team blog for the 2008 Launch Wave, especially for Partners based in Australia: http://blogs.msdn.com/RideThe2008Wave/ . Subscribe to receive the latest news, resources and case studies from around Microsoft Australia.
  • Blog Post: How Software is developed

    "How Software is Developed" is an interesting blog which was setup to provide deep dive analysis and community conversations about software development models. For more details click here . Microsoft commissioned a project to look at the software development & delivery lifecycle of “closed source...
  • Blog Post: VSTO Resources

    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 Visit the VSTO Developer Center Get the OBA/VSTO...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Goes Web 2.0

    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 idea for anyone who needs to interact with their...
  • Blog Post: WebTrends & Social Networks

    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 . Not only are more of us using social networks...
  • Blog Post: Nick Mayhew

    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 about our Open Source strategy Definitely a good...
  • Blog Post: Do you fake it?

    This article made me smile on ProBlogger , " 91% of ProBlogger Readers Don't Fake It ", which is a blog dedicated to helping you becoming a successful blogger. So I spent 30 minutes this afternoon doing a bit of research and here's what I found: What makes a successful blog? There is a wealth of information...
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