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  • Blog Post: Introducing the Microsoft NZ Toolshed

    Yesterday we held a roundtable discussion with industry folks to announce the Microsoft NZ Toolshed. The idea is that in these troubled economic times we need to take the initiative and reach out to the community and industry. We’ve combined some existing programmes with a pile of new initiatives – and...
  • Blog Post: Start-Up TV

    The guys at Start-Up magazine have been making a TV series following the fortunes of 20 or so start-up companies over the last six months. In their words: “They've been put through the wringer for the last 6 months, had their business and personal lives placed under extreme scrutiny and been thrown way...
  • Blog Post: NZ Top 10 Start-Ups for 2008

    Great to see two participants in last year’s 7x7 pitching session at TechEd 2008 in the top two positions on the Herald’s top start-ups of 2008 list. Read the full story here The aim of the 7x7 session was to invite seven start-ups to pitch their company/product/story to the press – for seven minutes...
  • Blog Post: Bizspark - Helping NZ Start-ups...get started

    Last month we launched Bizspark in New Zealand. Bizspark is a Microsoft worldwide programme that makes software and support available to software start-ups to help them launch their business and be successful earlier. All the details are available here - but there's four simple rules to qualify. To be...
  • Blog Post: Tell us what you think about Microsoft...

    Invitation for The Microsoft New Zealand Developers Focus Groups 2008 We want to hear from you. Tell us what you love and hate about Microsoft! Every year we use your feedback to improve our products and services. This year, in addition to the annual online survey, we are planning to hold focus groups...
  • Blog Post: From the Horse's Mouth

    The Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC) is coming soon. We pretty much only run PDC when we have some big things to talk about...real big things. People talk about the ".NET" PDC and the "Longhorn" PDC and this year will be no different. I think it will go down as the...
  • Blog Post: An Evening with Industry

    I've been invited to speak at a New Zealand Computer Society event on Thursday. They've invited all graduating students from the Wellington region to come along and learn what a career in technology might hold. There will be speakers from a number or organisations presenting. Great initiative - with...
  • Blog Post: Software + Services

    People ask me about our attitude to the Software as a Service (SaaS) model. The answer is we have different take - software plus services. Microsoft hasn't join the rush to a 100% SaaS model, instead we've talked about S+S - a combination of SaaS and on-premise software, the best solution for a particular...
  • Blog Post: Back into the Light

    I've just returned from a week in the US attending our annual global Microsoft briefing. It's always a great event but this year was extra special. This is of course the first year the BillG has not been directly involved. While a little sad, what this means is that the new thought leaders within Microsoft...
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