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  • Blog Post: SLP Services – Where are they now?

    I had written about Software Licensing and Protection (SLP) Services a few years back when it was still a Microsoft product. About a year ago, the product was picked up by startup company based in Dublin, called InishTech , which would take the Software Licensing and Protection (SLP) Services to the...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft /web : Web AI & Web PI

    There were two announcements from a few weeks back , which may have been missed amidst the news of Azure, Windows 7, etc Microsoft Web Platform Installer The Web Platform Installer Beta (Web PI) provides a single, free package for installing and configuring Microsoft's entire Web Platform, including...
  • Blog Post: Help Oscar Become A Doctor

    My dear friend Oscar Trimboli is kicking off the process of a doctorate at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management on " Impact of Software as a Service on Australian Independent Software Vendors " He wanted me to put a plug in my blog for his efforts. Normally, I say no to these request...
  • Blog Post: empowerforisv.com

    I've been a big fan of Microsoft Empower for ISVs since it launched. I've written a few posts about it in my time. Empower (Thursday, December 04, 2003) Empower for ISVS - new lower price (Thursday, February 05, 2004) I've also been amazed by how many people DON'T know about this amazing offer! What...
  • Blog Post: About Microsoft on ISVs

    Back in August , the blog Microsoft on ISVs was launched. (co-incidentally when I started my new job) This blog has been going strong ever since, with a bunch of really good posts covering a broad range of topics ranging from business enablement to technical enablement. In the spirit of sharing and good...
  • Blog Post: How Software is Built

    Saw an email fly by this morning about the site www.howsoftwareisbuilt.com I went over to have a look and this is what I found A blog forum to provide deep dive analysis and community conversations about software development models. The interviews are pretty detailed and have a lot of golden nuggets...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Software Licensing and Protection Services (SLP Services)

    Earlier this year, Microsoft acquired a company called Secured Dimensions that had unique .NET protection technology along with a licensing server and hosted online service. This has turned into the Microsoft® Software Licensing and Protection (SLP) Services The Microsoft® Software Licensing and Protection...
  • Blog Post: DevReadiness - Any Relation to Truthiness ?

    I came across DevReadiness.org today. Welcome to DevReadiness.org - the community site dedicated to helping you, the developer, get your applications ready for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. Here you will find easy ways to get your existing applications ready for the new platform and achieve...
  • Blog Post: Partner-TV Australia : It's alive and it's rockin.

    Christian Longstaff has kicked off a wonderful initiative downunder - A little thing he calls Partner-TV Australia Following the success of Channel 9 , ON10 , we now have an Aussie video blog for Partners: Partner-TV Australia . This new blog consists of short videos of fellow Microsoft’ies and partners...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft on ISVs by the Microsoft ISV team

    Today I came across a blog called Microsoft on ISVs : About Microsoft on ISVs ISV’s have always been a key part of Microsoft's overall partner strategy. The Microsoft ISV team blog has been created to help facilitate an open channel of communications with the ISV community around the world, and to provide...
  • Blog Post: Linux and Windows interoperability with OpenXML

    I love an article that opens with the following In the past, ITWire has been less than flattering over Microsoft’s OpenXML document format. Make no mistake, an open file format is definitely a must-have. Nevertheless, it exists so let’s be pragmatic: OpenXML can greatly bridge the gap between Windows...
  • Blog Post: the ingenuity pOint

    This is really cool. A worldwide contest for ISVs called the ingenuity pOint . Software that can change the world. Sounds like a blue monster moment! Go check out the site Technorati tags: The Ingenuity Point , ISV , Microsoft
  • Blog Post: Quantify the unquantifiable

    Recently, there were a series of Dilbert strips that really struck a cord - They were 3/31 , 4/02 , 4/03 , 4/04 , 4/05 , 4/06 , 4/07 Here's one of them Can anyone else relate? Well, that very week I met with an Australian company called Corporate Knowhow that has been working on the same problem and...
  • Blog Post: Random Question of the Day : Internet Explorer Administration Kit 7

    In my job, I get lots of questions about lots of things. It's just the way it is. Today, someone asked me how to get hold of the Internet Explorer Administration Kit 7 . I guess it's easier to pick up the phone, dial my phone number and ask me, than going to a search engine and finding it. Oh well, happy...
  • Blog Post: Freshview - A highlight of Silicon Beach

    Kudos to the AFR for a terrific article featuring a few Aussie web startups - Atlassian , Tangler , Quotify and Freshview . I love the Silicon Beach monikor - time to dig out the Visual Studio Surfboard I came across Freshview a few months ago when Ben dropped me an email - Ben I still owe you a visit...
  • Blog Post: Event: Microsoft Hosting Days - SaaS for ISVs, Hosters and DynamicsPartners

    Sydney – Tuesday 13 February 2007, Microsoft Sydney Melbourne – Wednesday 21 February 2007, Microsoft Melbourne Brisbane – Tuesday 27 February 2007, Microsoft Brisbane Register now for the Microsoft Hosting Day and learn how to capitalize on the growing demand for software-as-a-service (SaaS). This full...
  • Blog Post: Licensing the 2007 Microsoft Office User Interface

    There had been some speculation about this in the local press SMH : Office offers to untie the ribbon Microsoft may freely license parts of its revolutionary new user interface for its Office 2007 software suite. On the eve of the Office release, the software giant's lawyers are wrestling with ways to...
  • Blog Post: Project Glidepath

    We had a visitor from APAC RHQ this week, the delightful Dilip Mistry , who is the Lead for Microsoft Developer and Platform Team for Microsoft Asia Pacific. He and I had a chat about a bunch of things and over lunch, he mentioned Project Glidepath . Intrigued, I went looking through my notes & emails...
  • Blog Post: DirectX8, DirectX9, DirectX10 -- What's the Diff??

    I got a query in email today from a local developer I am looking for information about changes/bug fixes/improvements between Direct X8 and Direct X9 Now, I am by no means a DirectX expert. In fact these days, I'm not an expert in much at all, but that's another topic for another post....
  • Blog Post: Zapr: Meeting Followup

    I had a coffee and a chat with the charming Michael Liubinskas , CMO for Zapr . I have a couple of follow-up items, which I think may be of use for other web 2.0 startups Microsoft EmpowerISV http://www.microsoft.com/australia/partner/isvanddevelopers/empowerprogram/default.aspx...
  • Blog Post: Zapr : Really Simple Sharing

    I'm having a meeting today with the good people of Zapr . What is Zapr ? Zapr is an Internet application that makes sharing and accessing content really simple for everyone. And it's all written using the .NET Framework Cheers to Alan "Big Yahoo" Jones for the intro!! [ Currently...
  • Blog Post: Gnoos, LAMP and a bowl of figs

    Last week I got to spend some time with Master Blogger Ben Barren and his A-team. Ben is the only Aussie member of the Web 2.0 Work Group , and a young man I worked with many years ago when I was at ninemsn. Ben gave me a run down on his idea, which got some coverage on ZDNET recently . It...
  • Blog Post: 80-20 Retention Server for Microsoft SharePoint - no cost EDRM

    I got an email from David Gillespie, who is the CTO for 80-20 Software , a great local ISV focusing on document and records management technologies with a focus on corporate governance, risk and compliance (GRC) management. Well, these guys have just released 80-20 Retention Server , which is a free...
  • Blog Post: My Boy Billy is getting a Tablet just like Me!

    I went to the parent's orientation meeting for Billy's new school last week. The session opened with a wonderful slide show featuring the boys of Year 7, 2006 who had been at the school earlier in the day for their school orientation. All the staff spoke at length about the school , the culture and the...
  • Blog Post: Australian Embedded Seminars : Sydney Nov 14 and Melbourne Nov 16

    I went early with news about an upcoming Australian Embedded Seminars , as the dates and venues weren't finalised. Well it's all final now, so here's the details. When : Nov. 14 Sydney seminar & Nov. 16 Melbourne seminar Agenda 09:00am-09:30am Microsoft Keynote...
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