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  • Blog Post: New job, same blog, but also twittering..

    I’ve recently moved to a new role in the Microsoft Australia business, from the partner organisation to the enterprise group. I am doing a role we call externally ‘director of enterprise operations’ and internally ‘sales excellence director’. Effectively the COO for the enterprise group. I am still going...
  • Blog Post: HP and Microsoft extend strategic alliance – with new opportunities for MS and HP partners

    http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2010/jan10/01-13InfToAppPR.mspx “ PALO ALTO, Calif. and REDMOND, Wash. — Jan. 13, 2010 — HP and Microsoft Corp. today announced a three-year agreement to invest $250 million to significantly simplify technology environments for businesses of all sizes. The companies...
  • Blog Post: Simplifying Cloud Services

    With such a plethora of definitions, options and understandings of the broad IT term ‘cloud’ we’ve just launched a new worldwide site to bring our offerings together – with information laid out in simple terms with content categorised by role. www.microsoft.com/cloudservices
  • Blog Post: Major announcements on Azure

    We just made a significant announcement on Azure, our cloud computing platform at the so-called PDC event. Read all about it: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2009/nov09/11-17pdc1pr.mspx More on Azure: www.azure.com
  • Blog Post: Sharepoint 2010 review on ARN

    http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/325494/review_sharepoint_server_2010_beta_pulls_it_all_together This article gives some practical summaries of a few of the new features in Sharepoint 2010. I thought quite a nice read for partners wanting to see the headlines on some of the new features..
  • Blog Post: New user interface concepts

    See the following from Long Zheng – so really nice demos from our research leader (Craig Mundie) on novel prototype user interaction, including eye tracking. I can’t wait for this stuff to become mainsteam ! http://www.istartedsomething.com/20091106/microsoft-college-tour-09/
  • Blog Post: BPOS Worldwide Announcements

    We’ve just made some important announcements around availability (in new markets) and pricing for BPOS. You can read the detail here on the official press release and more on the official Online Services blog . Note that given the local alliance with Telstra, Australian partners should wait for specific...
  • Blog Post: How partners can make money from Windows 7

    Now Windows 7 is finally launched to everyone it’s time for partners to think about using this as a compelling event for new discussions with your customers. As you’d expect there is a ton of useful content to help you with positioning. Start here: https://partner.microsoft.com/40084742?msp_id=Windows7...
  • Blog Post: Meet the new Windows Phone

    We launched Window Mobile v6.5 today – now called Windows Phone. Check out the new site for info on available devices in Australia and all the goodness in this important release for our mobile business – which itself will generate business opportunities for our partners. www.windowsphone.com.au  ...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Online Store Goes Live in Australia

    http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/321112/microsoft_sells_software_direct_via_internet?fp=16&fpid=1 See : www.microsoftstore.com.au What do you think about this as a partner ? Send me a mail – I am keen to know your views…
  • Blog Post: Help your customers with Daylight Savings changes

    Daylight Savings changes in Western Australia – prepare now! Daylight Savings time changes can have a significant impact on business performance if not dealt with proactively. Effects can range from the incorrect time display on the clock, to calendaring problems, to changes in business critical services...
  • Blog Post: Outlook 2003 and Exchange Online – beta announcement

    “In response to customer feedback, the Microsoft Online Services engineering team is developing the Outlook 2003 Connector. This is an Outlook add-in that will enable customers to use Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 to access all the features of Exchange Online. This includes free/busy information when...
  • Blog Post: Setting up HTC Snap with Email if not on Telstra MMES plan

    From the local Windows Mobile team blog: “The HTC Snap has been out for a while now through Telstra. The default configuration is set to take advantage of the new flat rate data plans – know as Microsoft Mobile Enterprise Solution (MMES) http://www.telstraenterprise.com/productsservices/mobility/officemobility...
  • Blog Post: Bing Visual Search – how to make it work in Australia

    Like the entire blogosphere , I wanted to check out Bing Visual Search for myself this morning. So I clicked on www.bing.com/visual search only to be disappointed with the following: So I quickly changed the default country to the US ands voila, works fine ! This new Bing feature is just something you...
  • Blog Post: Congrats to all partner conference award winners

    CRN published the full list here – well done to all winners and finalists ! http://www.crn.com.au/News/154929,didata-four-time-winner-at-microsoft-channel-awards.aspx Advanced Infrastructure Solutions, Virtualisation Partner of the Year Winner: Jasco Consulting Pty Ltd Finalist: Hostworks Limited Finalist...
  • Blog Post: MS Online goes live on Telstra T-Suite

    Today we made the announcement that BPOS is now available for customers through Telstra’s T-Suite portal. This is of course an important milestone for partners keen to get old involved in the MS Online space. Lots of discussion and information will be going on at partner conference on the Gold coast...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2010 RC is available for download

    RC=release candidate=just about done http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/2010/en/us/try-it.aspx The key release themes, to help you position to your customers, are as follows: Flexible and Reliable Anywhere Access Protection and Compliance You can get the product overview here: http://www.microsoft.com...
  • Blog Post: Australian Partner Award Finalists Announced

    Sarah Arnold has just announced the finalists in our local partner awards. Congratulations to everyone recognised and good luck for the final announcements: http://blogs.msdn.com/auspartners/archive/2009/08/11/australia-partner-awards-finalist-announced.aspx
  • Blog Post: In cases you missed it – major announcement from Microsoft and Nokia

    Of great interest to many of our partners I am sure, we made a major announcement overnight Australian time with Nokia: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2009/aug09/08-12pixipr.mspx “Companies will collaborate to bring Microsoft Office Mobile and related communications and collaboration software...
  • Blog Post: Licensing 101 Breakfast Events for partners

    Learn about Microsoft Licensing over breakfast, and help your business grow.  It's back by popular demand: Licensing 101.  Due to the positive feedback we received after our last licensing training session, we're running a repeat session - to help you drive licensing revenue in the SMB space...
  • Blog Post: Partner Program Changes – clarification on exams and news on briefing events across the country

    I saw this article published in ARN and it was interesting to read the concerns expressed by Tony Banks over losing the investment in certifications for his team. I wanted to take a moment to clarify that this does not need to be a significant concern as long as certifications are kept up to date. Credit...
  • Blog Post: Latest from the Partner Network Blog

    Sarah Arnold’s been busy on the blogging front recently – don’t forget to check out her excellent resource for Aussie partners. Here are some recent posts ( http://blogs.msdn.com/auspartners/ ): Action Pack Update: http://blogs.msdn.com/auspartners/archive/2009/07/23/microsoft-action-pack-update.aspx...
  • Blog Post: New Telstra Mobile Plan – for your customers

    This is one of the latest (and first) tangible deliverables from the Telstra-Microsoft alliance , but with much more coming in the next few weeks and months ! Here is the customer-facing announcement: “Better manage your mobility costs with Telstra. If you're looking to extend mobile access to your employees...
  • Blog Post: Bing & Google via ZDNET :-)

    A bit of fun here via the ZDNet Ratbags team:
  • Blog Post: Just in case you missed it…. :-)

    http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/press/2009/jul09/07-22Windows7RTMPR.mspx?rss_fdn=Press%20Releases Yes, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 were signed off as code complete (“Release to Manufacturing”= RTM) overnight Australian time. Thanks to all the Australian partners who have helped test, feedback...
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