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  • Blog Post: Channel 9 Learning Centre – Free Training

    Did you know there’s a whole lot of resources available to help you get up to speed on our latest technologies – and it’s all free! It consists of a set of courses with each course including a set of videos, hands-on labs, and source code samples to get you up-to-speed quickly. The first two courses...
  • Blog Post: Welcoming Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2

    We’ve just launched a beta wave – Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 and .NET Framework 4.0 Beta 2. Darryl has written a great blog post on the new VS 2010 SKUs, but here’s the skinny: Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN : the comprehensive suite of application lifecycle management tools for software...
  • Blog Post: First NZ Sharepoint Conference in July

    It’s great to see the first ever New Zealand Sharepoint conference being held on July 2/3 in Wellington. Sharepoint has evolved over the years into a comprehensive application platform for all kinds of apps and situations. And the folks behind the NZ Sharepoint User Group have put a whole pile of time...
  • Blog Post: Close Up Report on Computer Viruses

    The TVNZ Close Up programme ran a piece last week on computer viruses which probably succeeded in scaring most viewers while not offering any solutions or even places to look for help. Computer virus How safe is your computer? We all know about fire walls, and anti-virus software. But cyber-criminals...
  • Blog Post: NZ Customers - buy or renew MSDN subscriptions online

    Just in from Darryl's blog: While the rest of the world has been able to purchase and renew Visual Studio and MSDN online for some time, we have for some reason lagged behind.  But now that lag is behind us and we can now order a new subscription or renew your MSDN subscription online. If you are...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: One Sync Technology to Rule Them All

    Not sure if you've seen our announcements a month or so again around Mesh . Mesh is our new platform for connecting people and devices across the web in a really seamless fashion. Think of Mesh as a development platform for enabling synchronisation of any kind of data, application or information across...
  • Blog Post: Cool tool from ActionThis

    Take a look at the Runtime Page Optimiser from ActionThis . They've created a component that combines requests a runtime. For example, if a page has 10 javascript files, these will be combined into 1 file. Same with CSS and images (these are tiled). They're running a beta program and are looking for...
  • Blog Post: IE8 Standards Change - Reaction

    It will be interesting to see the reaction to our announcement that IE8 will have improved support for web standards, in particular IE8 will render using web standards by default. Many have been clamouring for this change, and now we are delivering - but it will come at the cost of some disruption for...
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