Why is technology so important? Hear from developers and architects from all around the world

This is an excellent video about the importantance of technology and the impact Microsoft is having in this industry. The video provides an insight into how the industry (developers/architects) perceive the value of Microsoft technology and the significance of software development. If you are interested in becoming a developer or would like to start playing…

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‘Liberation Day’- Microsoft CEO visiting Sydney

Microsoft’s CEO, Steve Ballmer will be in Sydney on the 6th of November presenting at a one-off event designed specifically for the Australian developer community. Ballmer, a long time advocate and supporter of the global developer community will look to inspire and inform the audience on the latest developments taking place in the developer space…

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Student day @ Tech Ed 2008

What a fantastic event, Student Day (SD) attracted over 1200 students both from Universities and High Schools around NSW and some interstate. Student Day was the platform for the official launch of Microsoft Dreamspark and StudentstoBusiness (S2B) in Australia. If you haven’t heard already, Dreamspark is a Microsoft student program designed to offer all tertiary…

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New Bill Gates and Seinfeld commercial

Check out the new Microsoft Windows commercial starring Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates. The commercial is funny but strange at the same time. I can’t seem to clearly understand the messages coming out of it. From what I gather, this is the first commercial from a series of mini-commercials to come. Hopefully the next one…

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Interview with Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals Winner

I recently came into contact with Prachaya Phaisanwiphatpong (a member of the 2007 Imagine Cup World finals winning team from Thailand) via this blog for a chat. After emailing back and forth a bit, ‘Badd’ (his nickname) agreed to answer a few questions about his experiences at the world finals. I remember watching his team’s…

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Bill Gates’ last day at work

OK, so it’s not necessarily ‘academic’ related, and by now you may have seen this – it’s just one of those things that spreads like wildfire as soon as it goes live. This is Bill Gates’ last day at work. (And Microsoft BOB, for those who are 21 and under and don’t remember, was one…

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"Microsoft-related employment is 42% of global IT employment"

It’s an amazing figure, but true, according to an IDC paper released yesterday.  The whitepaper, entitled “The Economic Impact of IT, Software and the Microsoft Ecosystem on the Global Environment”, is a VERY interesting read. Of course, with the paper being sponsored by Microsoft (and we being who we be) there’s a section about how…

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Students, get Office Ultimate for AU$75 – save around $1100

Normally, Microsoft Office 2007 wouldn’t find it’s way onto my blog. Not that it’s not a good product (I use it and IE7 almost non-stop for the 9 or 10 hours a day I’m at work), it’s just that, well, Office isn’t usually all that newsworthy unless you’re an Office Developer or an Information Worker. But…

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Imagine Cup Australia Update – register now for IC08

I run Imagine Cup each year in Australia. It’s (primarily) a software design competition, and is open to university students worldwide. The prizes are great, students get treated like rockstars and it’s all a cracking good time. The following is from my Imagine Cup blog (all Imagine Cup news will be cross-posted to this blog)…

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Expression Studio now available in MSDN-AA

2 major recent changes with MSDN AA First up, there is now a second MSDN AA subscription called Designer AA to compliment the ‘traditional’ subscription (now called Developer AA). It’s a trimmed down version of the original MSDN AA subscription, tailored specifically to web designers. Designer AA subscriptions are available to any approved institute teaching Visualiation, Illustration, Design…

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