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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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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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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Outlook 2003 and Exchange Online – beta announcement

“In response to customer feedback, the Microsoft Online Services engineering team is developing the Outlook 2003 Connector. This is an Outlook add-in that will enable customers to use Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 to access all the features of Exchange Online. This includes free/busy information when setting up meetings, and the ability to access your organization’s…

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TechNet Virtual Conference

Deeps and the local TechNet team have scheduled the following virtual conference targetted at IT Professionals, both in customer and partner organisations. Looks like some very useful content for pre-sales and technical people in the partner base. TechNet Virtual Conference Friday 25 September 10.00am-11.00am IT Manager Session: How Microsoft does IT: Save Time, Save Energy…

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New Telstra Mobile Plan – for your customers

This is one of the latest (and first) tangible deliverables from the Telstra-Microsoft alliance, but with much more coming in the next few weeks and months ! Here is the customer-facing announcement: “Better manage your mobility costs with Telstra. If you’re looking to extend mobile access to your employees while leveraging your existing investment in…

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Microsoft Surface Partner Program & SDK

One of the really interesting WPC announcements was that the Surface team has launched a partner program. I talk regularly with Aussie partners keen to get started on Surface development but the absence of real tables here is a barrier to them. This site and program is a great first step to getting stuck in,…

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Azure and interactive maps demonstrator

With much momentum behind one part of our overall S+S strategy (namely BPOS/Microsoft Online), partners will in addition begin to see more momentum building on the ‘cloud OS’ side of the equation, namely Azure. I’ve just seen this announced internally as an example of some of the real world applications going up on the Azure…

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