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  • Blog Post: REMIX10 Last Chance to buy Early Bird Tickets

    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, Silverlight, Azure and and so much more. Visit the...
  • Blog Post: Save $100 on REMIX10 Australia Lovefest tickets

    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.
  • Blog Post: Live Services Jumpstart

    Spotted this on Angus Logan’s blog about deep technical training on our Live services.  Get in quick as I reckon this will fill up fast.  Although level 300 and beyond tends to be too deep for me, the agenda looks good.  Look forward to seeing some of the results from the session. ...
  • Blog Post: Innovation Days 2008

    The dates for our ISV road show have now been published and we’re coming to a city near you. What? “Get your feet on the ground, head in the clouds” The day will concentrate on important announcements released at October’s Professional Developer's Conference , and will focus on our Software...
  • Blog Post: Innovation Days, November 2008

    We are about to announce our next ISV Innovation Day road show across Australia scheduled for the end of November 2008.  The main theme this year is Software plus Services , which I’m sure won’t surprise many of you.  We’ll be using content from the Professional Developers Conference (PDC)...
  • Blog Post: Going to the Australia Partner Conference?

    It's been a while since I've blogged with lots happening at work and home becoming a Dad. Another fiscal year has come and gone and my first year in Australia has come to an end. I'm pleased to say they haven't asked me to leave yet so I'm around for FY09. Our next big event for the Partner Team is the...
  • Blog Post: Enabling People Through Technology

    New research has been released which demonstrates the business benefit of enabling people through technology. Betsy Frost (Microsoft's Information Worker Group general manager) discusses the implications of this research by "The Economist Intelligence Unit", suggesting that people-centric technology...
  • Blog Post: 10 Coolest Features in Windows Server 2008

    Good article on the top 10 features in the new Windows Server... almost all of which are directly beneficial to hosters. http://www.serverwatch.com/trends/article.php/3716276 Technorati Tags: Software + Services , ServerWatch , Windows Server 2008
  • Blog Post: ISV from Mars, Hosters from Venus: if you liked to book, you might like the movie

    If you read Gianpaolo Carraro's " ISVs are from Mars, Hosters from Venus " whitepaper, Eugenio in his team presents " Nortwind Hosting ", a concept demo showing what an Software + Services / SaaS ISV experience could be when interacting with a hoster. It was well received by the attendees so even if...
  • Blog Post: Architecture Journal Reader

    Anna blogged that the new Architecture Journal Reader has been released at the Strategic Architect Forum (SAF). Cool as I've been talking about Software + Services & WPF a lot recently and this reader delivers an visually exciting, immersive, and searchable reading experience for the Journal issues...
  • 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: Web Central Roadshow

    Australia’s largest web and application hosting company, WebCentral, who are also the 2007 Microsoft Asia Pacific Hosting Partner of the year, will soon be kicking off their annual Partner Roadshow. As occurred last year, Microsoft will be presenting at the Roadshow – and all Microsoft Partners are welcome...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth Partner Briefings

    If you are interested in the latest features and capability of the Virtual Earth platform, you should attend this briefing. Event: Virtual Earth - Real Revenue for Partners When/Where: Brisbane 12th November – Microsoft - Level 9, Waterfront Place 1 Eagle Street Melbourne 13th November – Microsoft -...
  • Blog Post: Resources for the Office Developer

    Thanks to Darren Strange for circulating this list: BDC High-Level Click-through demo on BDC and Excel Services Lower-Level Using the Business Data Catalog and Smart Tags with the 2007 Microsoft Office System Office Interactive Developer Map Latest MOSS SDK download has an Application Editor which allows...
  • Blog Post: Software + Services Presentation

    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 gadget says it's 19 days away now... looking forward...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live has Renewed Focus on Software + Services

    I missed this external Q&A with Chris Jones (Corp VP seen above who heads up the Live Experience Program Management group) up on Microsoft PressPass: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2007/jun07/06-26windowslive.mspx . The Q&A includes answers to: Why is now the right time for a solution...
  • Blog Post: Is the SaaS Model a Friend or Foe?

    By Jeff Kaplan : http://www.cio-today.com/story.xhtml?story_id=123007AIPL56&page=1 Interesting article published on CIO Today about the pro's and con's of the SaaS model... with a quote from our CEO, Steve Ballmer: "Microsoft's CEO, Steve Ballmer, acknowledged the appeal of SaaS when he recently...
  • Blog Post: McKinsey Delivering Software as a Service Report

    This report from McKinsey was published last week about SaaS . It's an interesting read as it goes "under the covers" on why customers would choose the SaaS route and the impact on developers moving to this model. From the McKinsey website (registration is required): Traditionally, companies buy software...
  • Blog Post: What is Office Live?

    I saw this on Nick's blog and thought it would be useful to highlight some other resources below. In our continued effort to expand the opportunities for our developer community, I’m happy to announce the release of the Microsoft Office Live Innovate On . This site provides partners with a full range...
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