Windows Azure for MS Partners

Great post from Steve Clayton with a bunch of links to get partners info quickly. Watch this space – 2010 will be a big year for Azure and will create brand new business opportunities for MS Partners. http://blogs.msdn.com/stevecla01/archive/2009/12/21/windows-azure-for-microsoft-partners.aspx  

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Simplifying Cloud Services

With such a plethora of definitions, options and understandings of the broad IT term ‘cloud’ we’ve just launched a new worldwide site to bring our offerings together – with information laid out in simple terms with content categorised by role. www.microsoft.com/cloudservices

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Major announcements on Azure

We just made a significant announcement on Azure, our cloud computing platform at the so-called PDC event. Read all about it: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2009/nov09/11-17pdc1pr.mspx More on Azure: www.azure.com

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Sharepoint 2010 review on ARN

http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/325494/review_sharepoint_server_2010_beta_pulls_it_all_together This article gives some practical summaries of a few of the new features in Sharepoint 2010. I thought quite a nice read for partners wanting to see the headlines on some of the new features..

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New user interface concepts

See the following from Long Zheng – so really nice demos from our research leader (Craig Mundie) on novel prototype user interaction, including eye tracking. I can’t wait for this stuff to become mainsteam ! http://www.istartedsomething.com/20091106/microsoft-college-tour-09/

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BPOS Worldwide Announcements

We’ve just made some important announcements around availability (in new markets) and pricing for BPOS. You can read the detail here on the official press release and more on the official Online Services blog. Note that given the local alliance with Telstra, Australian partners should wait for specific local information from Telstra on any further…

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How partners can make money from Windows 7

Now Windows 7 is finally launched to everyone it’s time for partners to think about using this as a compelling event for new discussions with your customers. As you’d expect there is a ton of useful content to help you with positioning. Start here: https://partner.microsoft.com/40084742?msp_id=Windows7 But the key thing to do immediately is use it…

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Meet the new Windows Phone

We launched Window Mobile v6.5 today – now called Windows Phone. Check out the new site for info on available devices in Australia and all the goodness in this important release for our mobile business – which itself will generate business opportunities for our partners. www.windowsphone.com.au   And the worldwide press info is here: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/windowsphone/default.aspx

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Microsoft Online Store Goes Live in Australia

http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/321112/microsoft_sells_software_direct_via_internet?fp=16&fpid=1 See : www.microsoftstore.com.au What do you think about this as a partner ? Send me a mail – I am keen to know your views…

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Help your customers with Daylight Savings changes

Daylight Savings changes in Western Australia – prepare now! Daylight Savings time changes can have a significant impact on business performance if not dealt with proactively. Effects can range from the incorrect time display on the clock, to calendaring problems, to changes in business critical services that are time dependent. This year, Western Australians rejected…

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