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  • Blog Post: Microserfs at Microsoft UK

    As Brother Marc pointed out, the whipper snappers of Microsoft UK got a spot in The Sunday Times last weekend and it reminded me of Douglas Coupland’s classic Microserfs . Needless to say I’m not comparing the to the plot which ultimately led the intrepid Daniel and crew to jobs off in Silicon Valley...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft UK launches Britain Works aiming to get 500k in to jobs

    Microsoft UK today launched an ambitious new initiative called Britain Works   to help citizens during the recession. The campaign aims to help 500,000 people into work by 2012 through a combination of   A new job matching service Targeted skills and employability training with provision of...
  • Blog Post: Want to see Steve Ballmer in the UK?

      Are you in the UK and interested in hearing Steve Ballmer talk about Microsoft’s Vision for Software Delivered as a Service? Then sign yourself up for this event at the Southbank Centre. It’s on October 1st at 13:00 and is free to attend. A good chance to see the big man in action and my favourite...
  • Blog Post: From Geek To Leader

    The Sunday Times ran an article yesterday titled Technical staff get built into leaders that I was interviewed for.   When Steve Clayton moved within Microsoft from a technical role helping customers understand software products to leading a team, he found the transition testing. “My success had...
  • Blog Post: How Much Would You Pay to Play At Wembley Stadium?

    The first Microsoft Charity Cup took place at Wembley Stadium last November and raised over £59k for the Wooden Spoon charity. I had the pleasure (and honour) of playing for and "managing" the Microsoft Partner Team. We even made it on to SKY TV! This year’s Charity Cup will take place on Saturday...
  • Blog Post: Wanna come to our launch?

    On 19 March, the ICC in Birmingham, Microsoft UK will launch Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008 . We'll feature real-world IT heroes and showcase some of the latest technologies. You can be there! Register now – places are extremely limited
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Seasons Greetings from Microsoft UK

  • Blog Post: Microsoft: UK's #1 brand

      I almost missed this one whilst on my extended US trip but Superbrands recently announced that Microsoft is the UK’s number one brand according to the UK public! This is the second year running that we have secured the top spot in the coveted Superbrands Awards. The award is voted for by...
  • Blog Post: My WPC session - all the resources

    As promised earlier, my slides from my WPC session today. The presentation was meant to be a fairly light intro to Web 2.0 in light of the growing coverage and the Software + Services theme from WPC this week. I assumed that there may be lots of people looking for a primer on this whole area as it's...
  • Blog Post: Heading to Worldwide Partner Conference

    Heading to Denver today. See you there...and don't forget to ask me for a Blue Monster sticker. Will have about 200 with me....you only get one if you put it on your laptop though :) Technorati Tags: Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference , denver , blue monster
  • Blog Post: The Digital Dark Age

    Thanks to Jas for the heads up on this - great to see our MD, Gordon Frazer, on the BBC's tech site today with their new video format. Great to see the geek coming out in Gordon too - demos of DOS and Windows 3.1 and how technologies like Virtual PC can enable access to old document formats. This is...
  • Blog Post: Mix UK - mark your calendars

    The date is set but details are thin at the moment - well, not that thin, it's just that I can't tell you much yet. The website is up though so you can go register your interest and we'll announce the details shortly. Needless to say, I will be there sporting some Blue Monster stuff though it may be...
  • Blog Post: Finally, PartnerBot is Live

    I've been waiting to announce this for soooo long as the guys here in Reading have been working hard to get this ready and I'm delighted we got this out before WorldWide Partner Conference. Next step is to get it demo'ed during the WWPC keynote. This started out as an idea for internally sharing information...
  • Blog Post: Fireflies before the storm

    I've been called a few things but never a firefly and I had to check Wikipedia to ensure it wasn't too inflammatory :) The association was made on the blog of our PR company, Inferno and referenced Darren Strange and my blog work. Inferno have been working on Gordon Frazer's (our UK MD) talk at the CBI...
  • Blog Post: Scottish bloggers

    My old pal (he is old) Peter Ferry is now blogging from Microsoft Scotland and though I'm not sure he's the first, I'm sure he's the funniest. A fine addition to the 4500 Microsoft bloggers. Nothing to do with Peter Ferry of Rotten Tomatoes and no that isn't Peter sporting the latest Vivienne Westwood...
  • Blog Post: Quick test for Microsoft UK Partners

    I'm doing a bit of ad-hoc research as we start thinking about our plans for the next financial year here at Microsoft UK. Specifically in partner group I'm exploring: to what extent blogs have an affect on partner satisfaction levels with Microsoft UK . I'd encourage you think about this briefly before...
  • Blog Post: UK small business research mashup

    Simple but effective use of Virtual Earth to deliver some research that Microsoft UK recently carried out in conjunction with You.Gov Scottish small businesses are prioritizing recruitment in the next 12 months. The North East invests in customer relationship management tools at a higher rate than any...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft UK: opening the partner kimono

    Last Friday along with Claire and Mike , I hosted a Partnering for the Future roundtable at Microsoft Research in Cambridge. We invited 11 organizations along to meet with our Director of Partner Group (Scott Dodds) and our UK Managing Director, Gordon Frazer. We talked about much more than Web 2.0,...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft blogging in the spotlight

    I presented at Melcrum's Social Media Forum last week and it's since been getting some good coverage in the blogosphere. Seems like they liked my business card (above) I was just about to post this entry with a different title and then noticed the meme making it's way up Techmeme today about Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Sunday Times Best 100 Companies

    Microsoft UK came 35th in the list of Top 100 Companies to work for compiled by the Sunday Times and published with yesterdays paper. I was quoted in the entry as follows: “I can work wherever I like, my manager is not interested in where I am,” says Steve Clayton, the chief technology officer. “I can...
  • Blog Post: Buena Vista: Godon Frazer, Microsoft UK

    Gordon Frazer our UK MD made the front page of the Business section of the Sunday Times today under that title - Buena Vista. Obviously timed to coincide with the consumer launch of Vista and Office next Tuesday it was a good insight I thought - more in to Gordon than his job though I think we have a...
  • Blog Post: SQL skills needed in the UK

    An unusual topic for a blog post (perhaps) but here goes: I on the lookout for a SQL guru for our Partner Technology Specialist team here in the UK. The job has been our on job site for a little while but we've yet to find the right candidate so I'm hoping one of my intrepid blog readers may be the person...
  • Blog Post: Happy New Year video from the UK Partner Group

    I LOVE this fun video that Christian shot this morning with Happy New Year wishes from many folks with the Microsoft UK Partner Group. I'm in there somewhere but not nearly as funny as Alex the Beard or South Africa Nicola. Classic! Link to Partner-TV: telling it like it is : Partner-TV: Happy New Year...
  • Blog Post: Want a job at Microsoft UK?

    Then meet Meet Dr Micro and Dr Soft. Quirky Microsoft websites seem to appear on a weekly basis at the moment and this is a new one from the Microsoft UK recruitment team. First thing to note as that we're still very actively recruiting which is great to see and secondly we're doing something slightly...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft UK: "The Office" clips with Gervais

    The clock is ticking on how long it takes for these to: Be taken down Appear on the BBC homepage Reach the top of Techmeme Get Scoble coverage Get GapingVoid coverage Link to Microsoft UK: Office Clips Link to Ricky Gervais “The Office” Microsoft training video » The PC Doctor ...
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