News and Announcements

 Windows 8 at 6 months: Q&A with Tami Reller
http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/bloggingwindows/archive/2013/05/06/windows-8-at-6-months-q-amp-a-with-tami-reller.aspx

Gartner blog – Staying the course
http://blogs.gartner.com/john_rizzuto/2013/04/23/microsoft-is-staying-the-windows-course-deal-with-it/

Yammer and Office 365: Aligning for scale
http://blogs.office.com/b/office-news/archive/2013/05/09/yammer-and-office-365-aligning-for-scale.aspx

Press coverage of yammer story
http://technorati.com/business/article/yammer-sales-up-259-in-last/
http://thenextweb.com/microsoft/2013/05/10/microsoft-touts-yammers-growth-sales-up-259-yoy-312-new-customers-in-most-recent-quarter/

LV (Liverpool Victoria) UK insurance giant sees 66 per cent reduction in sales administration
http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Microsoft-Dynamics-CRM/LV-Liverpool-Victoria/UK-insurance-giant-sees-66-per-cent-reduction-in-sales-administration/710000002513

Aston Martin Luxury Sports Car Manufacturer Drives Collaboration and Speeds Business Processes
http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Microsoft-Office-365/Aston-Martin/Luxury-Sports-Car-Manufacturer-Drives-Collaboration-and-Speeds-Business-Processes/710000002484

Finance on Windows Magazine
http://www.onwindows.com/Financial-Services/PrintedMagazine.aspx

Financial Services Innovation UK – Bruce’s Facebook Group
https://www.facebook.com/financialservicesuk

New FireHose Blog
http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_blog/archive/2013/05/07/new-blog-the-fire-hose-gives-inside-look-at-latest-microsoft-news.aspx

 

Events and Training

Financial Services Architect Summit, Thursday 16th May.  "Bring your own Device"
Microsoft London, Cardinal Place, 80-100 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5JL
16:45 – 17:15 Registration and Coffee
17:15 – 17:30 What Is The Microsoft Story
17:30 – 18:30 Discussion
18:30 – 19:30 Beers and Pizza 
Register: mailto:a-rapull@microsoft.com?subject=Please%20Register%20Me%20For%20The%20Financial%20Services%20Architect%20Summit

.Net in the City for developers in Financial Services, Thursday 16th May 2013, 18.00-20.00 at QA Ltd, 3rd
Floor, International House, 1 St Katharine’s Way, London E1W 1UN http://qa.com/training-locations/london/international-house,-e1w/

F# and GPU computing:  Combining the computational power of GPUs with the functional elegance of F#, Dr Daniel Egloff from QuantAlea (www.quantalea.net) will talk about, and demo, F#, building CUDA accelerated GPU applications by compiling F# code to an executable GPU code. Maximising application performance with GPU acceleration is a hot topic and Daniel has successfully applied F# on GPUs in productive systems for derivative pricing, risk calculations and statistical analysis.
To Register: mailto:Roger.Davidson@microsoft.com?subject=Please%20Register%20me%20for%20Financial%20Services%20Developer%20Forum%20:%2016th%20March%20201

Best of the Microsoft Management Summit 2013 UK – 21st May at Cardinal Place London.  Please see blog for details of how to register
http://msmvps.com/blogs/chobbs/archive/2013/03/22/mms-best-of-microsoft-management-summit-mms-uk-2013-register-today.aspx

TechEd Europe 2013 Madrid, Spain. 25th - 28th June 2013
Registration now open http://europe.msteched.com

TechEd Challenge. Win a fully funded trip to TechEd Europe in Madrid.  That’s flights, food, accommodation and ticket to the event! Trial, Compete, Engage http://www.microsoft.com/uk/techedchallenge/

Microsoft upcoming Enterprise events
See comprehensive calendar of technical events and briefings taking placearound the country
http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/enterprise/events/default.aspx

Microsoft UK TechDays
http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/techdays/default.aspx

Chris Dye’s Windows 8 App Centre of Excellence Sessions –London and TVP
Contact your Microsoft Account Representative for details

Microsoft Technology Centre Application Platform Workshops – TVP and London
Contact your Microsoft Account Representative for details

Other training
Microsoft Virtual Academy
http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/Home.aspx

Microsoft Events
https://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/default.aspx?culture=en-GB&community=0
Search here for Live and recorded webcasts, Virtual labs and in-person events available.

CPS Webcasts Programme – specialising in Project and SharePointhttp://www.cps.co.uk/Training-Seminars/Pages/Webcasts.aspx

New opportunities now with the general release of Azure infrastructure as a Service with Matt Spender

Windows Azure Landing page
http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/

Windows Azure IaaS is Live
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bryang/archive/2013/04/17/windows-azure-iaas-is-ga.aspx

Microsoft server software support for Windows Azure Virtual Machines
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2721672

Infrastructure Services page
http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/home/scenarios/infrastructure-services/

Windows Azure Virtual Machines & Networking Videos
http://channel9.msdn.com/Series/Windows-Azure-Virtual-Machines-and-Networking-Tutorials

Telenor scales Sharepoint 2013 development and testing with Windows Azure Virtual machines
http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Case_Study_Detail.aspx?CaseStudyID=710000002349

GM/Digital Airstrike uses hybrid cloud solution to provide real time customer feedback to General Motors
http://azurevideos.com/digital-air-strike/

Blackbaud uses Windows Azure to provide distance learning options for non-profits around the world
http://www.azurevideos.com/blackbaud/mwa/