Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

I’d like to take this chance to wish all our partners happy christmas and a humming new year in terms of business ! For us the excitement continues with the General Availability launch (GA) in January – watch this space for info about how partners can get involved. We are also gearing up some initiatives…

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KN to be released as a Tech Preview

http://blogs.msdn.com/kn/ “We are announcing a change to the distribution and support model for KN. Our new plan is to release KN as a Technical Preview rather than as a supported product feature of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. As a Technical Preview, KN will still be available to customers as a web download at no…

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Learn about the new Microsoft.com website

http://www.microsoft.com/about/mspreview/en/us/abouthomepage.mspx Shows off the scalability of MOSS plus of course the creative freedom you get versus Content Management Server. And of course, please do check out the new website:

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Microsoft Expands Scope and Partner Benefits of Security Software Advisor Program

We’ve just announced enhancements to the benefits associated with the Security Software Advisor (SSA) program. My team will be leading the building of this initiative with our partners in Australia over the next few months, so watch this space for more info as it develops. The program is an exciting platform for security partners to gain…

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Small Business Specialists – some forthcoming news

If you are a Small Business Specialist you’ll no doubt know that Bill Vlandis, who did such a great job building the community and delivering value to the program, left us recently to join the corporate HQ. Well I am pleased to say we have finalised on Bill’s replacement and will be announcing who very…

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Infrastructure Optimzation Learning Path

This came in from the US today – a great summary of training resources for partners to learn the next level of details on IO. Note resources such as MSPTR.com are only for Gold partners, but the online training is available to all. Remember to always check our local Readiness Schedule as well for courses…

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New announcements this week – HP Alliance and Robotics Studio

Amongst others, two very interesting and unconnected announcements were made this week: 1. Introducing HP & Microsoft Solutions for the People-Ready Business “REDMOND, Wash. — Dec. 13, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq “MSFT”) and HP (NYSE “HPQ,” Nasdaq “HPQ”) today announced a three-year agreement to deliver an expanded portfolio of solutions for enterprise customers around the…

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OSYCI website – driving customers to partners

This went live a few weeks ago – it’s the customer-facing campaign website for optimising infrastructure, and as with almost all of our customer-facing marketing, there is a ‘find a partner’ call to action (see the right hand side): http://www.microsoft.com/australia/business/coreinfra/default.mspx

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Mark the dates for PDC 2007

Via Mary Jo: “Microsoft developers, start your engines. The 2007 Professional Developers Conference is now booked for October 2 through 5 in Los Angeles. Expect Longhorn Server and Visual Studio “Orcas” to be the stars of the show, this time around. You can subscribe to the RSS feed for PDC 2007 here.”

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Virtual Earth Updates

There are some amazing things continually happening on the VE platform, typically surfacing in local.live.com of course. Keep an eye on the VE blog for the latest. How about this shot of the Leaning Tower of Pisa for example, delivered via the Birds Eye functionality – more cities being added all the time. Also there is…

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