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    Tracking #TechEd

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    TechEd North America 2010 is the buzz all this week from an IT developer perspective. Tech Ed is always a great opportunity to learn more about our product roadmap strategy moving forward and this year is no different. In particular, expect to hear...
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    Better Business Insight

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    The theme for the June issue of the Momentum newsletter is "Better Business Insight" and ties in nicely with our recent Office 2010 launch and the new PowerPivot for Excel 2010 for driving business intelligence (BI). When it comes to using BI, it's...
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    Virtualization tips for IT leaders

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    The value proposition around virtualization is a key issue raised when I speak to customers about it, particularly as they look to undergo a desktop refresh and potentially upgrade to Windows 7. With this in mind, I came across this great commentary...
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    Dealing with Data and the Need for “More”

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    I spend a lot of time connecting with customers to learn more about their key IT challenges and requirements. And if I had to boil these concerns down to one word, it would be “more.” How can I achieve more: more productivity, more cost...
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    Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Update 1 - Now in Beta Release!

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    If your IT team is currently making the move to Windows 7 and Office 2010, they'll need tools and guidance to help deploy Windows and Office quickly-and do it right the first time. Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 Update 1 Beta includes new features...
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    Plug into the Microsoft Community

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    Now I know that you come to the We're Listening blog for the latest in Microsoft news, announcements and insights. But did you know that this blog is just a sampling of some of the great resources we have here at Microsoft Canada? Take Microsoft TechNet...
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    On the eve of the Office 2010 launch

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    The Office 2010 launch is finally upon us. We hope you can virtually join us on May 12th at 11am EST to listen to Stephen Elop, President of the Microsoft Business Division, announce the launch. You can register for the event @ http://sharepoint.microsoft...
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    Social Networking and You

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    If you're like me, you love your social networking tools. It's no longer just a fad: whether it's Facebook or Twitter, there's no denying that these tools are growing in popularity. Just check out our Microsoft Momentum Group on LinkedIn for example ...
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    The sound of IT integration

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    What are some of your biggest challenges when it comes to technology integration? Hearing clear evidence of how IT leaders are using our technology to reap tangible benefits is always music to my ears. The City of Calgary has a great story about how...
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    MDOP and Deployment

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    So I've been thinking a lot about Window 7 deployment lately. The feedback and comments that I've been getting from IT professionals is that while Windows 7 is definitely on their radar, the issue of migration is a concern, especially when you add in...
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    Introducing Windows Intune

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    Over on the Windows 7 Blog , you can find more details around Windows Intune , our new cloud-based desktop management offering set to launch within a year. I know that for many of you, improving PC and network security management is a top priority...
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    Momentum: The Movie (Montreal Edition)

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    The Power of Choice

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    When it comes to cloud computing and software-as-a-service versus traditional on-premise solutions, many IT pros are finding that it’s not an either/or proposition. One of the reasons I’m excited about Microsoft Online Services is that it really is about...
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    Spring Into Better Productivity

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    I love spring. It’s a season that inspires fresh change and fresh thinking. It’s also typically a time for our customers to review their IT and weed out inefficient processes and boost productivity. This is particularly timely in the light of the recent...
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    We're Listening: The Movie

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    Over at the Momentum main site, we've got the video of the recent Toronto Customer Advisory Council up and running. Check it out when you have a minute or two. It was a great kick-off to an already exciting year of encouraging stronger relationships...
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    Dealing with deployment, Windows 7 style

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    Deploying new technology can be an exciting time - and a stressful time as well. That's why it was good to read this Network World article : According to recent research from Dimensional Research , three months following the release of Windows 7 nearly...
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    Online Services 101

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    Still trying to wrap your head around the concept of software plus services, hosted services and cloud computing? You are definitely not alone. Just last month at our Customer Advisory Council in Montreal, when I asked if anyone is using or planned...
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    Technology in government

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    The world of government work is changing: GovInfoSecurity.com has an interesting article on how a lack of qualified IT professionals in the public sector is translating into a renewed look at how government agencies and departments approach IT security...
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    Getting a grip on virtualization

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    To say that virtualization is a hot term these days would be a huge understatement. Beyond the usual - how virtualization can help improve business continuity - many customers I speak with want to know how exactly managing physical and virtual resources...
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    How can Office 2010 help my business?

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    Whenever a new product launch comes around, I generally get an earful over why they don't plan on upgrading anytime soon. It's the classic, "If it isn't broke, why fix it" mentality. And the reasons for upgrading to the upcoming Microsoft Office 2010...
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    Windows Phone 7 Series - Launched!

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    I've been closely watching the Internet buzz around the recently announced Windows Phone 7 Series and it's been fantastic. Windows Mobile phones tend to get overlooked in a crazy competitive mobile device market (think: Apple and RIM) but the functionality...
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    Ballmer talks public safety technology

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    In the course of my average day, I talk to a lot of unique customers with a lot of unique needs. A few of my public sector contacts bent my ear recently about how they were closely looking into how using online services can be a viable option to delivering...
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    Quebec IT Pros give us a piece of their minds

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    Have you ever felt like talking directly to Microsoft about the need for more frequent and personalized interaction? "We're Listening" is more than the name of my blog, it's a mantra that drives everything I do here at Microsoft Canada. Take last week...
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    Microsoft and the Cloud

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    Cloud computing is becoming more than just a buzzword - it's become a topic that, based on customer feedback, is fast becoming an area of interest. With the upcoming launch of Office 2010 to include a cloud-based version, the idea of hosted applications...
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    Eyes on the IT Prize

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    With the Winter Games finally here, the theme of achievement and excellence is obviously top of mind. And much like our great Canadian athletes, I think that excellence is something that we here at Microsoft Canada always strive for. This month...
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