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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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    DEVSTA: Code your way to Vegas

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    IE8 Beta 2 Available

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    IE8 Beta 2 is available today for public download from http://www.microsoft.com/ie8 (for 32- and 64-bit editions of Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008. In addition to English, IE8 Beta 2 is available in Japanese, Chinese...
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    TechEd Pre Days

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    The Windows Mobile Team are holding an Embedded Developer PreDay to TechEd. Visit the TechEd site for more info on this and the SQL Server; SMB Day and Virtualisation.
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    Sexy is now PC

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    I saw this ad today driving home which made me smile from Dell promoting the Studio Hybrid Desktop , which start from $1000 with Windows Vista Premium, which sounds ideal for a media centre PC. Anybody have one? Unboxing video here and plenty of reviews...
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    APC Event Resources

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    The presentations from the Australia Partner Conference are now available for download from https://partner.microsoft.com/Australia/40043021 . The photos are also available here .
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    Steve Clayton is Best Blogger

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    My old boss, Steve Clayton (aka Geek in Disguise) has been voted top blogger AND! won the Company blog in the ComputerWeekly.com IT Blog Awards 2008 . Outstanding work. Steve, a huge congratulations from Down Under :)
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    PDC2008 Early Bird Discount Extended

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    Due to popular demand, the PDC2008 Early Bird Discount has been extended. Register by 11:59 PM Pacific Time, Monday, 8th September and save $200 off the Full Conference Registration of $2,395. It's going to be an exciting conference with some content...
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    Amnesia have Surfaced

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    I'm jealous and delighted that Amnesia took delivery of Australia’s first two Microsoft Surface tables. Hopefully they'll find their way to TechEd. Nice one guys... and by the way, where's my invite?
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    Win a HP TouchSmart

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    Michael (aka the Delicate Genius) is organising a competition at TechEd to find The Ultimate Expert , with the prize being a HP TouchSmart IQ505a . Visit his blog to see how you can get involved.
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    Australia Partner Conference in Summary

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    The 2008 Australia Partner Conference has come and gone and I've explored another part of the country, this time Port Douglas! Congratulations to all of the award winners , especially Dataract and Hyro for the ISV Software Solutions and Innovation Partner...
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    Going to the Australia Partner Conference?

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    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...
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    Win a TekSkin for your Laptop!

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    The Microsoft REMIX and Partner teams have joined forces with TekSkin to give away 100 free laptop skins... all you have to do is create your design, upload it to the site and the best 100 designs win a laptop skin... easy. 5 top reasons to buy a TekSkin...
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    Enhancements to BizTalk B2B functionality

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    Steven Martin announced another important update for our customers & partners: we’ve come to an agreement with our partner Covast to acquire their advanced B2B capabilities. This will be incorporated into a new feature pack which will be available...
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    Philippine IT Mission to Australia

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    What? PHILIPPINE IT SERVICES ROADSHOW TO AUSTRALIA When? 29-30 April 2008, Melbourne & 1-2 May 2008, Sydney Objective: Make the Philippines part of your growth strategy Bit more detail: The Philippines presents itself as the ideal Partner for Australian...
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    Australia Partner Conference 2008

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    As Nick mentioned in a recent posting, we're planning the content for the Australia Partner Conference held between 5-7 August 2008 at Port Douglas at the Sheraton Mirage between 5-7 August 2008. Click here to pre-register (you will need your partner...
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    ZDNet Australia & CeBIT 2008 Emerging Innovation Award

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    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...
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    Hosting Days Australia

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    Hosting Days is hitting the road. Choose from two tracks, Services or Solutions, before coming together for an afternoon of Business focused content. Visit https://partner.microsoft.com/australia/40048707 to see both sessions and register. Solution...
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    Calling all Green & Indigenous Solution Providers

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    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...
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    Popfly Nominated for CNET Webware 100 Award

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    Popfly has been nominated for a CNET Webware 100 award . Right now, we’ve been selected as one of the 300 finalists by CNET editors. As you can imagine, we’re pretty pleased just to be nominated, but we’d be more pleased if we actually won and to do that...
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    Scott Guthrie on Microsoft's Play for Rich Internet Applications

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    Our Scott Guthrie (who heads up the Silverlight development team) was interviewd by Knowledge@Wharton . Visit the site to download/play the audio. Questions from Knowledge@Wharton include: Microsoft just launched the first beta of Silverlight 2. Why is...
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    Visual Studio 2008 Centre in Silverlight

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    One of the first Silverlight-enabled development centres for Visual Studio 2008 has been launched. Some of the features include: Animated landing page that highlights some of the features of each of the Visual Studio 2008 Express products Interactive...
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    Key Analyst Reports

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    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...
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    April 2008 SQL Technical Rollups

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    Just came across this Technical Rollup blog from the Premier Field Engineering team listing the latest news; documents; whitepapers; downloads; event & webcasts and new knowledge based articles every IT administrator should know about :) http://blogs...
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    Listen Up Business/Indigenous Collaboration Forum

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    When? 11 April 2008, 9.30am - 2pm Where? The Australian Museum, College Street, Sydney Facilitated by Jeff McMullen, Listen Up is a forum to address the issues faced by Corporations who are /or have the desire to work with indigenous organisations. In...
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    ReMix Australia 2008

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    Details on ReMix Australia have been announced. The details are: 1 day in 2 cities 20 th May in Sydney 22 nd May in Melbourne Opening Keynote followed by 2 streams (technical track is owned by Michael Kordahi and the creative track is owned by ShaneMo...
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