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  • Blog Post: SBS & EBS trials now available for download

    With the worldwide launch now behind us , I'm pleased to announce the availability of the official trial versions for both SBS 2008 & EBS 2008. These 60-day trials can be extended three times if your customer requires a longer evaluation period. It can then be upgraded to a fully licensed version...
  • Blog Post: Official WW launch of SBS & EBS 2008

    I'm very pleased to announce that Microsoft overnight has officially launched the long awaited Small Business Server 2008 & Essential Business Server 2008 . These have been on the drawing board for over 3 years now & so I for one can't wait to put all the planning & waiting behind us &...
  • Blog Post: Crackdown on software piracy

    Can you spot the difference? * Solid article from today's Sydney Morning Herald that highlights our growing efforts around stamping out software piracy. Snippet: Microsoft this month commenced legal action in the Federal Magistrates Court against three eBay sellers who pedalled pirated versions of Windows...
  • Blog Post: Guest post #2 from Hilton - Aussie SBSC PAL

    See guest post #1 here. Thanks, Robbie As the Australian SBS User Groups are changing focus, direction and names into the SMB IT Professionals groups, we need to ensure that we're not only changing our names, but living up to them. Microsoft has really expanded our market upwards by introducing EBS....
  • Blog Post: What would you like to see on the Microsoft partner portal?

    We're in serious feedback gathering mode at moment & my colleague Vaughn Gourlie in the partner website team is looking for your input. It'd be great if you can spare a few minutes to let us know the top 5 things you go to the Partner Portal to do, i.e. look for information on competencies, look...
  • Blog Post: Partner to Partner networking nights

    Great pick-up from Nick Mayhew's blog around the upcoming Partner-to-Partner networking nights. Open to Gold, Certified & SBSC partners. This round will focus on Local Government & whilst there's no specific focus on SMB per se, it could still be a useful night out for you if you're interested...
  • Blog Post: Hilton's wrap-up of the WW Partner Conference

    http://hiltont.blogspot.com/2008/07/wpc-08-summary.html Good summary & whilst I perhaps had a slightly different take on some of the sessions, I agree that one of the most useful part of any conference such as this is in the networking. The chance to chat & exchange ideas & challenge your...
  • Blog Post: July's SBSC newsletter

    New Australian SBSC newsletter out today. Please let me know if you haven't received yours. We're working on a way to allow more than one recipient per company - stay tuned. Robbie
  • Blog Post: Our S+S Strategy - let me help the SBSC community with your questions

    I've just posted this note on my blog and I know from talking to Robbie that there are already some concerns and questions arising in the SBSC community around the announcements last week on BPOS and S+S at Worldwide Partner Conference. So here is my offer to the community - send me any questions you...
  • Blog Post: Register now for the SMB Server Day at TechEd to get your free copy of Small Business Server 2008

    We announced over on the SBS blog last night the long-awaited sign-up incentive for the SMB Servers TechEd 2008 pre-day - a free copy of Small Business Server 2008 Std for all attendees. Register here: https://www.infosalons.com.au/teched2008/s1p1.asp?j=1 Whilst I firmly believe that there's enough goodness...
  • Blog Post: More keynotes from WPC

    Good collection of the main WW Partner Conference Presentations from Nick Mayhew, Australia's Group Manager of all things Partner. The Australian Partner Conference is just over 3 weeks away & there are still one or two places left if you act fast. Cheers, Robbie New Resources and Direction Steve...
  • Blog Post: Keynote from the WPC SMB Partner forum

    Microsoft's VP of SMB, Michael Risse, gave the keynote in yesterday's SMB Partner Forum at the WW Partner Conference in Houston - check here for details. Whilst the deck is obviously designed to be presented live (ie there's space for a demo), I've kept most of the comments pages in so that you can get...
  • Blog Post: Guest blog from Julia Askin: the Budget & small business

    First up in an ad-hoc series of guest authors on the Australian SBSC Blog is the newest member of our Breadth Partner team - Julia Askin . You may have already spoken with Julia as the main organising force behind the recent SBSC Roundtables & I'm personally looking forward to hearing her fresh ideas...
  • Blog Post: WW SBSC Partner of the Year announced

    The Worldwide Microsoft Partner Awards were announced overnight & will be handed out at the Partner Conference in Houston in early July. I was on the judging panel for these awards & it was fantastic to see all the work that SBSC partners are doing around the world. Big congratulations to Quadrasystems...
  • Blog Post: Have you looked at the Microsoft Australia small business website recently?

    The Microsoft Australia small business website has quietly been undergoing some changes lately, all designed to help customers find the answers they need - even if they don't know the questions to ask. And with more than 50,000 unique users on average coming to the site every month, it hopefully means...
  • Blog Post: New Small Business Specialist PAL for Australia

    We have appointed a new Small Business Specialist Partner Area Lead (PAL) for Australia. Commencing July 1st & lasting for 12 months, Hilton Travis of Quark IT in Brisbane will follow Dean Calvert’s tenure as our nominated PAL. I’d like to take this time to wholeheartedly thank Dean for...
  • Blog Post: From Wendy : See you in 6 months

    See you in six months! As some of you would be aware I’m about to take off on  the new adventure of ‘motherhood’ with my first little one due in two weeks. I’m planning to take the next six months off to focus on our new little girl, but am looking forward to coming back...
  • Blog Post: Solution Finder..... an open letter to SBSCs

    To Our Valued Microsoft Small Business Specialist Partner Community, Recently at the 2007 Microsoft Small Business Symposium, a pre-day to the Worldwide Partner Conference in Denver, the Small Business Specialist team heard passionate feedback from you regarding the Microsoft Solution Finder online directories...
  • Blog Post: Partner-TV Launched

    At the Australia Partner Conference, the Partner Team announced the launch of Partner-TV Australia. This video blog, dedicated to Microsoft Partners, will consist of short interviews from Microsoft staff and Partners developing cool services or solutions which you can watch or listen to via a podcast...
  • Blog Post: And the finalists are.......

    The finalists in the Australian Partner Conference Awards have been announced and the finalists for the Small Business Specialist Partner of the Year are...... Evolve IT Australia Pty Ltd Helping an industry leaders commercial success through implementation and management of a Microsoft Small Business...
  • Blog Post: Update - Action Pack and Lorna here for while longer

    I've seen a few of you around, so the word is probably out that I haven't left for Seattle just yet. Something to do with visas not being processed in the US - has meant that I'll be around for a month or so yet - still working in the SBSC role. So if you have any issues, questions or worries then I...
  • Blog Post: Some news....

    Some of you will already know, but for those of you that haven't heard on the grapevine.... I will be finishing up as SBSC Manager in Australia this week and heading over to Microsoft HQ in Seattle to take up a role in the Windows Live team. My replacement is being hired as we speak and should be up...
  • Blog Post: New Partner Finder Tool

    You'll be very happy to hear that we have finally replaced the "Partner Finder" tool on our customer website with the new Solution Finder tool . I've had a lot of feedback around the old tool not working properly and the postcode search being broken, so I'm just as happy as you to be able to finally...
  • Blog Post: Thought about hiring a Microsoft Intern?

    Some of you may not know, but at Microsoft we have an intern program, where we hire top-level graduates to work in both marketing and technical roles. It's both a good and a bad thing - we get to hire the top-level grads and give them some Microsoft experience, but then we have to say goodbye to them...
  • Blog Post: Get $100 off your training days by giving me your feedback

    It's that time of the year when I'm planning for the new financial year and I need your feedback to help me make sure we give you what you want :-) I've got vouchers for $100 off each day of training if you book and complete a MOC technical course before September 30 2007 - so instead of just giving...
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