• Late Developer

    New Beginnings - from mainframes to mash-ups

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    I have the best job in Microsoft NZ! I lead the Developer and Platform group which is tasked with exciting communities and customers about Microsoft's new and emerging technologies. I've been around MS for some time and have spent years working with customers...
  • 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

    Windows Live Admin Center (aka Live Domains)

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    I’ve just been through the process of moving a personal website and domain to a new hoster. I wanted to separate the email for the domain and use Windows Live Admin Center http://domains.live.com to consolidate external email to Live Mail (Hotmail). It...
  • Late Developer

    Developers, Developers….IT Pros?

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    You may know that the Developer & Platform group at Microsoft NZ is all about working with the NZ developer community but did you know we also cover the IT Professional audience too? Nathan Mercer in my team does a sterling job of travelling the country...
  • Late Developer

    Imagine Cup NZ – People’s Choice –You Vote

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    Imagine Cup is hotting up with the teams hard at work refining their ideas before the preliminary judging round in April. You can have your say on their efforts by visiting the site , viewing their vids and voting. You could win an Xbox or a copy of MS...
  • Late Developer

    The Road to Tech.Ed 2009

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    Last year was my first experience at running TechEd New Zealand. Luckily I have a great team and event partners who know pretty much how to do this after running many successful events over many years. So the 2008 event went off pretty well, we saw some...
  • 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

    PDC #3 - MSR Keynote - Wow!

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    Wow! That's all I can say. I've just come out of the Microsoft Research (MSR) keynote given by Rick Rashid at PDC where the attendees were given a tour through some incredible technology innovations. He did a pass through (full details here ): Highlighting...
  • Late Developer

    PDC Starts This Week!

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    Arrived in LA today and ready for a full on PDC week. Stay tuned for updates throughout the week…
  • Late Developer

    Big Windows 7 Focused Unplugged This Month

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    This month’s Unplugged series concentrates on Windows 7 both from a features/deployment/management perspective and a how to develop rich applications for Windows point of view. Here are the details:   UNPLUGGED Roadshow: Windows 7 Special - 25 May...
  • Late Developer

    Contribute to TechEd 2009

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    From Nigel’s blog: The Tech•Ed 2009 season kicks off this week in LA, and the show comes to Australia and New Zealand in mid-September. We’ve just opened the Call for Content tool so now’s the time to submit that great idea for a session. Go to the Call...
  • 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

    Late Developer

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    Not sure if anyone reads blogs anymore but I’ve renamed mine to “Late Developer” – just for fun. I’ve moved to the US where I run the App Platform portfolio at Microsoft Learning. Responsible for the developer learning experience – across Visual Studio...
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    You Could Win a Trip to PDC in LA

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    Here in the Developer & Platform group at Microsoft NZ we’re constantly looking for ways to help and connect with New Zealand technical audiences. One of the best ways is to get out there and meet people which we do through our regular UNPLUGGED sessions...
  • Late Developer

    PDC #4

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    Thinking about the cloud So last day at PDC (Thursday) - no big announcements or showcases today. I just went to Gianpaolo Carraro's session on expanding applications to the cloud - a kind of architectural guidance talk which might contextualise cloud...
  • Late Developer

    Parting Thoughts - PDC #5

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    The final PDC session has just finished and the event comes to an end. There's thousands of people heading to the airport - hopefully with their heads full of ideas and schemes that they will take back to their countries and organisations, where they...
  • Late Developer

    Live Platform Jumpstart 2009 in Sydney 8th-9th of December 2008

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    At PDC 2008 last week, we announced a new way to program Live Services, the Live Framework (in CTP). Check out the overview of Microsoft’s Live Platform Services . On the 8th/9th Dec in Sydney we are holding a 2 day Live Services Jumpstart provides...
  • Late Developer

    Developer Focus Groups - Thanks

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    Just want to say thank you to everyone who took time out of day to come and share their view of Microsoft and our technologies. We rely a lot on large scale surveys for our take on the health or otherwise of the the NZ developer community, so it was good...
  • Late Developer

    Live Mesh - My Personal Killer App

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    To me Live Mesh is one of those solutions that fulfills my personal killer app criteria: I didn't know I needed it before I had it It works beautifully and has changed the way I work/live Now I have it I can't do without it Moving my life to the cloud...
  • Late Developer

    Bizspark - Helping NZ Start-ups...get started

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    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...
  • Late Developer

    Close Up Report on Computer Viruses

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    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...
  • Late Developer

    NZ Top 10 Start-Ups for 2008

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    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...
  • 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

    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

    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...
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