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Mark Relph - Senior Director - Startup and VC Team

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  • Blog Post: Announcing – The Muchmusic Video Awards & Silverlight

    The team has been hard at work to get this surprise ready and now we can let it out of the bag! We are happy to announce that MuchMusic will broadcast the MuchMusic Video Awards online in High Definition powered by Silverlight and SmoothHD technology!!! This is one of the biggest shows in Canada (Jonas...
  • Blog Post: Changes.

    I love my job.   I really do.  Not everyone gets to say that with as much passion as I can, so it’s a special privilege to be in this position (particularly in this economy). I believe that my role here at Microsoft Ca nada is one of the best in all of Microsoft.  The mission of the job...
  • Blog Post: More OCAD/MSFT Press (Video) – This time TVO.org

  • Blog Post: More On OCAD & MSFT Canada – itbusiness.ca article

    This appeared in the press today - Touching donation - Ontario college gets Microsoft Surface unit Microsoft is donating its much-publicized Surface hardware to the Ontario School of Art & Design so students can develop innovative software for the device. 4/15/2009 4:00:00 AM By: Brian Jackson read...
  • Blog Post: Great Canadian User Experiences From MIX09

    I was on the road when we held our local MIX09 media event for media on March 17th, so I couldn’t be there. But the good news is that we captured all the highlights on video. Video: Great examples of Canadian UX in action Don’t have time to watch? Here’s the 30-second version: We had CTV on hand to announce...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Canada & OCAD – Igniting the next generation of software design & user experience

    Did you know that Toronto has the third-largest design workforce in North America, behind only New York and Boston? That’s good news for the GTA, especially given the current economy. Design is a growing, dynamic and increasingly important industry. As we heard at MIX09, the future of software and device...
  • Blog Post: DreamSpark: Preparing the next-gen workforce

    I have been thinking a lot lately about the IT skills shortage. According to the Information and Communications Technology Council , from 2008 to 2015, Canadian employers will need to recruit as many as 178,800 technology workers. But based on their projections we’ll likely fall short of hiring requirements...
  • Blog Post: In The News: User experience is the driving force of innovation: Microsoft Canada

    Check out Liam Lahey’s article over at echannelline titled “User experience is the driving force of innovation: Microsoft Canada”.  This is another piece coming out of MIX09 with a Canadian focus. “With the kickoff of the MIX09 conference in Las Vegas underway, here at home Microsoft Canada took...
  • Blog Post: In The News: Microsoft releases Expression Blend 3; Canadian-based solution provider uses Expression Blend tool for Canada Post office outlet solution

    Another good Canadian focused article coming out of MIX09 is in the news: Microsoft releases Expression Blend 3 - Canadian-based solution provider uses Expression Blend tool for Canada Post office outlet solution 3/19/2009 10:11:00 AM By: Maxine Cheung “During its MIX09 conference held in Las Vegas yesterday...
  • Blog Post: In The News: “Welcome to the global cloud”

    I had the chance to chat with Briony Smith at itWorldCanada .  She was doing an article on Cloud computing and the article appears here . We discussed how the Cloud is evolving, Microsoft’s views on how software will be built in the future, our Software + Services Strategy, Azure, Office Live, Interoperability...
  • Blog Post: Internet Safety - Microsoft Canada and Youthography Online Safety Survey

    << This is a repeat of a post from our new Microsoft Canada Corporate Citizenship Portal >> Internet Safety - Microsoft Canada and Youthography Online Safety Survey Posted Feb 24 2009, 11:00 PM by Microsoft Canada Co. Filed under: Internet Safety , Protecting Canadians Online As part of Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: We Are Sponsoring HoHoTO

      Check it out:  http://hohoto.ca/ #hohoto is the party of the year. It’s your chance to meet and greet and shake your booty with Toronto’s twitterati ( that includes YOU ). Find out once and for all if there’s more to Toronto’s busy Twitter scene than just one guy in sweat pants with lots...
  • Blog Post: Wired – Ozzie wants to push Microsoft back into Startup mode

    I really enjoyed this article as it reflects a feeling I get internally everyday. http://www.wired.com/techbiz/people/magazine/16-12/ff_ozzie The keynote speaker at this past summer's TechReady conference—a gathering of 6,000 or so Microsoft engineers from around the world—was the company's chief software...
  • Blog Post: BizSpark In The News

    Some news from our recent Bizspark launch…….. Microsoft BizSpark offers start ups "affordable access" to tech resources Canadian start ups trying to weather the current credit crunch and make a go of a new business may find Microsoft BizSpark an invaluable resource. 11/26/2008 5:00:00 AM by...
  • Blog Post: My Boss – Phil – In The National Post Talking “Upsize Innovation”

    http://www.nationalpost.com/story.html?id=991037 Phil, who is my boss and President of Microsoft Canada, has a great article talking about the importance of innovation and technology in tough economic times. “As instability continues to ripple through the global economy, it's clear that no one is immune...
  • Blog Post: Meet Windows 7

    http://windowsvistablog.com/blogs/windowsvista/archive/2008/10/13/introducing-windows-7.aspx   “Hi there, Mike Nash here. For me, one of the most exciting times in the release of a new product is right before we show it to the world for the first time. And that time is right now. In a few weeks...
  • Blog Post: Reach out to new Canadians to battle tech talent crunch

    Sharif, our HR VP, is featured in this article in Itbusiness.ca.  He talks about ways to address the talent crunch in Canada.   Reach out to new Canadians to battle tech talent crunch, urges Microsoft exec.  9/25/2008 5:00:00 AM By: Kavita Gosyne The tech talent crunch is very real but...
  • Blog Post: The Microsoft Canada Development Centre Opens In Vancouver

    The grand opening of the centre happened this past week.  It’s a unique facility because it is an extension of the product teams in Redmond.  Microsoft Canada is already an organization of 800+ people and we are really excited to have a facility like this north of the border.  Par, who...
  • Blog Post: MLS.ca gets a make-over. Welcome Realtor.ca

    CREA launched a new interactive version of the MLS.ca site called REALTOR.CA .   This is a welcome improvement to a site that every potential home buyer has likely used.  Realtor.ca uses Virtual Earth (yes, that’s 2 major wins for Virtual Earth this week in Canada – 3 if you include ASK...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's Phil Sorgen on social responsibility

    On the Globe & Mail site today . “Should a corporation answer only to its shareholders, or should it have a social conscience as well? Not all executives are convinced they can afford to pour time and money into such things as community projects. But according to recent studies, an extraordinarily...
  • Blog Post: Announcing The Winner Of The Bluesky Award

      I had the please of presenting the BlueSky award at the ISV Innovation Summit yesterday.  We had 3 solid finalists that show the kind of software innovation happening across Canada. Congratulations to our 2 runners-up are: Oculus Info Inc. :  Oculus Info Inc. is a provider of cutting...
  • Blog Post: In The Press: Microsoft Canada's EnergizeIT aims to wow students into IT

    Microsoft Canada's EnergizeIT aims to wow students into IT http://www.connectitnews.com/canada/story.cfm?item=5766 30 May, 2008 By Liam Lahey With over 2,000 IT community members expected to attend last Saturday's Microsoft Canada Co.'s annual EnergizeIT event at the Toronto Congress Centre, one executive...
  • Blog Post: In The Press: Cloud Computing For The Little guy

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/partners/free/techSMB/cloud.html Cloud computing for the little guy A growing number of small business operators are finding cloud services can prove invaluable in streamlining their day-to-day work functions BY DENISE DEVEAU   When on the road, Brad Compton, an independent...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Fast Company Article on our new ad agency…

    http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/126/believe-it-or-not-hes-a-pc.html?page=0%2C0
  • Blog Post: BillG Article In Today's Globe and Mail : What's right with young people today

    Check out the full article here .   "What's right with young people today BILL GATES Globe and Mail Update February 25, 2008 at 6:09 AM EST One of the striking things about human progress is that so many of the world's most important new ideas were the work of young people. From Isaac Newton...
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