A peek inside the OSS Labs at Microsoft

There is a bunch of photos on Port25 taken inside the OSS labs at Microsoft.  This is an interesting look at whats going on behind the scenes.  It is reasonably well known that we have a OSS lab, but this opens it up a little more. If you are interested in a little more behind…

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SQL Server User Group – Thursday

Adrian just emailed me to let me know that Australian Peter Ward is presenting in Wellington on Thursday night: Peter Ward is visiting us from Australia and will make 2 presentations, with refreshments in between. Peter Ward is WARDY IT Solutions Chief Technical Architect. Peter is an active member in the Australian SQL Server community…

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2008 Summer Road Trip Prize Draw Results

On Wednesday we drew the prize draw for the 2008 summer road trip. Jeremy took the data, imported it into SQL, did some code to match registrations and invitations to evaluation forms, then write a little function to draw someone from random from the list of entries. The prize pool was: Two servers with Windows…

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Road Trip Code and slides now available

Many of you have asked about availability of the code and slides from the road trip, and the good news is that they are now up. Jeremy has the scoop along with instructions to build a VM for yourself. Enjoy!

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VS2008 blog on Geekzone

Given that March is a big month here at Microsoft New Zealand due to the launch of Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008, Mauricio decided to get a bunch of developers together to blog about some of the cool new features in Visual Studio 2008. The Visual Studio Blog is hosted…

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Changes in DPE (and a new blog to follow)

As you may know Sean has moved on to Redmond which means we have a new manager here in DPE New Zealand. Scott Wylie is now the Director of the Developer and Platform Strategy team here in New Zealand.  Scott has been in Microsoft New Zealand for longer than almost anyone else in Microsoft New…

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Sharepoint User Group

I just got an email from Chan regarding the Sharepoint User group in Wellington this week.  There are some nice add-ins to Sharepoint around, and one of them is the Community Kit for Sharepoint – which Zac has been involved in building.  Details below: This Wednesday 27th at Intergen at 6PM Topic: Getting the most…

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A more open Microsoft

One of the big changes over the last few years at Microsoft has been openness.  That is openness about interconnecting with other systems (i.e. non-MS systems), openness with regards to file formats and openness with regards to working with other technology companies. Others in the industry have noticed this too.  We did the deal with…

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End of the road (trip) – Invercargill

Today we are in Invercargill.  Today is the last day of our Road Trip.  Today is kind of a sad day. We’ve had a great time driving around the country presenting on Visual Studio 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008.  I think those who have come along have enjoyed the road trip too…

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Day 11 – Dunedin

Last night JB and I flew down to meet Chris in Dunedin.  In retrospect, we could have gone down this morning, but it translated into a good sleep in this morning, and we are safely in the town we need to be in and not at the mercy of the airlines to get us there…

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