News and Announcements

 Windows 8 at 6 months: Q&A with Tami Reller

Gartner blog – Staying the course

Yammer and Office 365: Aligning for scale

Press coverage of yammer story

LV (Liverpool Victoria) UK insurance giant sees 66 per cent reduction in sales administration

Aston Martin Luxury Sports Car Manufacturer Drives Collaboration and Speeds Business Processes

Finance on Windows Magazine

Financial Services Innovation UK – Bruce’s Facebook Group

New FireHose Blog


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 

.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,-e1w/

F# and GPU computing:  Combining the computational power of GPUs with the functional elegance of F#, Dr Daniel Egloff from QuantAlea ( 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:

Best of the Microsoft Management Summit 2013 UK – 21st May at Cardinal Place London.  Please see blog for details of how to register

TechEd Europe 2013 Madrid, Spain. 25th - 28th June 2013
Registration now open

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

Microsoft upcoming Enterprise events
See comprehensive calendar of technical events and briefings taking placearound the country

Microsoft UK TechDays

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

Microsoft Events
Search here for Live and recorded webcasts, Virtual labs and in-person events available.

CPS Webcasts Programme – specialising in Project and SharePoint

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

Windows Azure Landing page

Windows Azure IaaS is Live

Microsoft server software support for Windows Azure Virtual Machines

Infrastructure Services page

Windows Azure Virtual Machines & Networking Videos

Telenor scales Sharepoint 2013 development and testing with Windows Azure Virtual machines

GM/Digital Airstrike uses hybrid cloud solution to provide real time customer feedback to General Motors

Blackbaud uses Windows Azure to provide distance learning options for non-profits around the world