• Late Developer

    Tell us what you think about Microsoft...

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    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...
  • Late Developer

    From the Horse's Mouth

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    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...
  • Late Developer

    Wanted...Developer Evangelist

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          We're hiring... You might have heard that Darryl Burling has moved on to a new role within Microsoft NZ - and he's left some big shoes to fill. The Developer Evangelist role requires a very special combination of abilities - deep...
  • Late Developer

    An Evening with Industry

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    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...
  • Late Developer

    TechEd 2008...done

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    Big thanks to everyone who attended TechEd this year. We welcomed over two thousand customers, partners, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, journalists and staff over three action packed days. I hope you had a great personal TechEd experience. I knew we...
  • Late Developer

    Everything turned out like we had planned...

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    Opshop headlined last night at TechFest and I can't get that song out of my head now - I think the technical term is an earworm! Great night last night, big crowd, cool venue and everyone having a great time. Oh - and there were some technical sessions...
  • Late Developer

    Day One...Done

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    Huge day today. We kicked off TechEd 2008 at SkyCity in Auckland this morning with a keynote featuring yours truly and Kevin Ackhurst (MD of Microsoft NZ). We then heard from our first surprise guest John Key - leader of the National party - on the topic...
  • Late Developer

    Experience Tech.Ed...Live

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    Explore Tech.Ed 2008 NZ as it happens Only a few days until the event kicks off at SkyCity in Auckland on Sept 1st. I'd like to invite you to experience Tech.Ed 2008 NZ from the comfort of your own desktop. Catch all the action, watch interviews with...
  • Late Developer

    TechEd Keynote Speaker(s)

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    We're really fortunate to have Amit Mital , the General Manager for Live Mesh, as our keynote speaker for TechEd this year. While he will be presenting a view of our wider Software + Services strategy, mesh (which is really just an implementation of our...
  • Late Developer

    Woo Hoo - New Machine

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    I spend a lot of time in aeroplanes and airports these days so size and weight were critical factors in choosing a new machine - as well as good performance. The proliferation of ultra portable laptops makes this a very interesting choice. The Toshiba...
  • Late Developer

    NZ TechEd Agenda

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    Full NZ TechEd agenda and track   information is now available. Only a few weeks to go now. We're going flat out to pull together the best TechEd yet - look forward to seeing you there.
  • Late Developer

    Imagine Cup - Industry Help Needed

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    Imagine Cup is an annual event we run to encourage students to get involved in technology careers and innovation through a worldwide competition. A critical part of a team's preparation is working with industry mentors to help them refine their ideas...
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    Just In - Live Mesh is Live in NZ

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    Nigel Parker has just returned from our internal TechReady event in Seattle with the great news that the Live Mesh Technical Preview has been officially launched in New Zealand. Check out his blog post .   This means sign-up on the spot and full...
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    Anzac Spirit Alive and Well

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    Tech Ed 2008 Australia: 20% discount With New Zealand Tech Ed 2008 selling out so quickly, we know there are many disappointed customers who missed out on securing tickets.  An option for some may be to attend Tech Ed 2008 in Australia.  Held...
  • Late Developer

    Heroes in Atlanta

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    I was lucky enough to attend the recent Microsoft Global Exchange (or MGX) conference in Atlanta a couple of weeks ago, but also got to perform in front of 12,000 of my closest workmates from around the world! It's a kind of American Idol competition...
  • Late Developer

    Software + Services

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    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...
  • Late Developer

    Back into the Light

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    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...
  • Late Developer

    No Room at the Inn?

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    I’m responsible for the TechEd event in New Zealand and want to assure everyone that while the staggering speed of registrations this year indicates it's an important event for the technical community in NZ, we are acutely aware that many people...
  • Late Developer

    One Sync Technology to Rule Them All

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    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...
  • Late Developer

    The Future is in Good Hands...

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    Yesterday we held the NZ finals for the Imagine Cup - a global Microsoft technology competition where students are asked to create a technology solution around the theme of " imagine a world where technology enables a sustainable environment "...
  • Late Developer

    NZ TechEd 2008 - Registration goes live...

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    TechEd registration goes live on the 1st May 2008 . This year the event will be bigger and better than ever. Get in early and avoid disappointment folks!
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    Thin is in

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    Seen a couple of these babies over the last couple of weeks. No it's not a Mac Air - it's a Toshiba R500 and it's smaller and lighter while sporting all the things you expect in a notebook (optical drive etc.)! Nice to see other hardware manufacturers...
  • Late Developer

    Loud people in small places

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    Just returned from a few days in Sydney and was thinking about a news report from last week about a trial of mobile phone usage on planes (Lufthansa or Qantas I think). The aircraft cabin is one of the last bastions of "incommunicado" and I...
  • Late Developer

    Cool tool from ActionThis

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    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...
  • Late Developer

    IE8 Standards Change - Reaction

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    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 -...
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