BizSpark Members–Register Your Developers

If you are a start up that has joined our BizSpark programme hopefully you are enjoying your access to current full-featured Microsoft development tools, platform technologies, and production licenses of server products (including Windows Azure Platform) while developing your world changing solution or service. Did you know you can (and should) register all the developers…


Signing Up for the Windows Azure Introductory Offer

If you have been following the latest Azure platform developments that were announced at PDC10 you may be keen to try Azure for yourself. Well the good news is that there is an introductory offer that allows you to have a tinker with Azure and get a feel for the development and deployment process. This…


Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools Updated

An update for the Windows Phone 7 Developer tools was released in the last couple of weeks. The update is available here and provides: A new Bing Maps Control that improves map performance during user gestures The Capability Detection Tool, which scans your application and reports on detected phone capabilities that will be applied during…


Intergrid Case Study–GreenButton

We have recently put together a case study showing how Integrid are using Windows Azure for their product, GreenButton. If you were at Tech·Ed New Zealand this year, you would have seen Dave Fellows, Lead Architect at GreenButton, do a fantastic demonstration of how Windows Azure can be used to dramatically speed up the rendering…


4 Steps to a Successful Software Strategy

This is a guest post written by Stuart Bale. Stuart Bale is a software strategist with a wealth of experience in the industry, having worked in everything from code cutting to consulting. He has the advantage of being involved at all levels with a wide range of different software companies, from small start-ups to large…


Starsoft releases Ezidoesit for Office 2010

In time for the general release of Office 2010, local ISV, Starsoft, has just released the latest version of Ezidoesit, a plugin for Outlook 2010 (and earlier) that allows you to tame your Inbox. This latest release builds on .NET 4 and is available in both 32 and 64 bit versions for 64bit Office. Well…


Contrast Media Case Study and Interview

Continuing our series of profiles of New Zealand BizSpark companies, we have Contrast Media. Contrast Media have developed a Mobile Tagging solution named HardLink that uses Windows Azure and Microsoft Tag (or QR Codes). You can also find a video interview with Contrast Media Director, Dave Williams, at the Microsoft Spark New Zealand website.  Contrast…


Interview with BizSpark Network Partner, e-Centre

The latest in our continuing series of interviews with BizSpark start-ups and Network Partners has been posted on the Microsoft Spark New Zealand website. This time we are talking to Steve Corbett, CEO of the e-Centre in Albany.  A number of New Zealand BizSpark start-ups are located at the e-Centre (or are virtual residents). Who…


Litmos is a finalist for the NZ Hi-Tech Awards

Litmos, a start-up in the Microsoft BizSpark programme we profiled here, has been announced as a finalist in the New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards (in the “HiFx Innovative Service Product of the Year” category).   Congratulations to the team (Rich, Nicole and Daniel) at Litmos and good luck!


Microsoft New Zealand Developer Survey

Have you filled in the Microsoft New Zealand Developer Survey yet? This is your chance to win a trip to the next Microsoft Professional Developer’s Conference in L.A. We really want to hear your thoughts and opinions on how we can serve you better so please take a few minutes and fill in the survey:…