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Christian Longstaff on developers, cloud and marketing

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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    Australia Partner Conference Countdown Gadget

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    Attending ReMix last month inspired me to create this basic Vista sidebar gadget based on Michael's countdown gadget. At time of writing it's 51 days, 21 hours and 16 minutes to Hamilton Island! To download it, either click here or follow these 5 easy...
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    Innovation Days 2008

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    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...
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    Are you a Girl Geek?

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    If so, check out this posting I saw this on Anna Liu’s blog today about FITT and an announcement for a new trial Mentoring Program to: Inspire women in the industry to achieve their personal aspirations and potential AND Assist women to broaden their...
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    Action Pack: Tools for Web Partners

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    If you're in the business of designing or developing Web sites or Web applications, you need the right tools to deliver the Web-based solutions your customers want. The toolkit to help you make the most of this growth opportunity has now been launched...
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    ISV Partner Technology Briefings

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    I hope the invitation for our ISV Innovation Days, will be making it's way to your inbox. Please click here to register if you are interested in the new technology about to be released: Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008. Brisbane...
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    Tell Microsoft about your Product

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    Nick blogged this a while back about how ISV's could make Microsoft aware of their products. This is once of my FAQ's and there's a well defined process to follow, due to the complexity of the intellectual property laws. There isn't a simple way of making...
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    MarketingSherpa Offer Now Available to all Certified and Gold Certified Partners

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    This is a great resource and covers some great articles including: Special Report: Viral Marketing 2006 - Benchmark Data, Practical Tips & Biggest Change How to Use Geotargeting to Find Your Best Customers - 5 Strategies & Pitfalls to Avoid How...
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    US$99 Expression Web Offer

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    A professional design tool, Expression Web creates modern, standards-based sites that deliver superior quality on the Web. It is available both as a full retail version and as an upgrade from Microsoft FrontPage (any version); Office and other products...
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    ISV Innovation Days for 2008 launch wave products

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    ISV Innovation Days will allow you to connect with the Microsoft ISV Virtual Team (including the Partner Team - SMS&P; our Developer Platform Evangelism - DPE) and learn about the advantages and resources of becoming an early adopter for the 2008...
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    Partner Skills Plus

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    Partner Skills Plus (PS+) was launched worldwide on Monday, September 17, 2007 . As highlighted at the Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) and via continuous Partner feedback, there is a serious shortage of technical skills in the marketplace that both...
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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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    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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    ISV Royalty LiveMeeting

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    When? Wednesday 10 September 10.30am – 12pm EST Where? via Live Meeting What? Are you an Aussie member of the ISV Royalty Licensing Program and need help understanding the online tools and ordering process? Or are you an Aussie ISV interested in seeing...
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    September 2008 SQL Technical Roll Up

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    Full Technical Roll Up here: http://blogs.technet.com/trm/default.aspx Resources SQL – The Next Great Gaming Platform Presentation from GameFest 2008 http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/info.aspx?na=22&p=1&srcdisplaylang=en&srccategoryid=&srcfamilyid...
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    ISV Royalty Operations Webinar

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    We held our ISV Royalty LiveMeeting today with our Asia Pacific Operations Centre (APOC) who went through how to use the tools and how to escalate queries. Thanks Denise for running it. If you need to know what ISV Royalty is, visit the ISV site...
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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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    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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    They let me out of the office

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    Andy , Dave , Michael , Phil (who needs to start blogging as he has so much knowledge to share) and I are on the road next week for our ISV Innovation Day tour of 6 cities across Australia.  I have some free time during the day to meet some new or...
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    My Software + Services Presentation

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    Day Two: Australia Partner Conference Although the Australia Partner Conference has come to a close, I thought I'd share my slides via SlideShare in addition to the official route. I have yet to receive the official scores, but feedback was pretty good...
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    Windows Server 2008 Hosting Road-show

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    When? Tuesday 6 Nov 2007, 8.30am Where? Sydney: Clifton and Associates - Sydney CBD, Level 2, 200 George Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Link to Register: Click here to Register Online or register by phone: 132058 (event id 1032352020) What? Hands...
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    SharePoint Conference 2008 Registration Now Open

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    The Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2008 is now open! Last years event was a huge success and was sold out very quickly. So if you would like to attend, click here to register today! The event will showcase Microsoft’s market-leading SharePoint Products...
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    How Software is developed

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    "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...
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    New Australia 2008 Wave Launch Blog

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    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.
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    Christian Longstaff joining Microsoft Australia

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    Hello everybody… I’m transferring to Microsoft Australia next month from the UK to start a new job as an ISV (Independent Software Vendor) Partner Development Manager. I’ve been with the company for over 5 years in various partner facing roles and am...
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    Blue Monster at ReMix 07

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    Nick , the DPE team and I both really enjoyed ReMix Australia in Melbourne earlier in the week. Although we had a huge number of Expression Suite evaluation CD's, we ran out. So if you missed out, you can download it from www.microsoft.com/expression...
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