Bringing Startup Weekend to Dubai

After a successful Startup Weekend in Oman in July, we are in the very early stages of discussions to bring a similar event to Dubai.  At this point, there are not many details to share but it’s a great time to get the communities feedback on what they would like to see and how they…


IE9 beta: beyond speed and standards, 5 simple things done well

Most of the talk around IE9 has been on performance and standards support but from the first few hours of trying it out, there are lots of small, neat features I found very useful.  Here are my top 5 simple features in IE9 Beta: 1. Pinning sites – I’d call it appifying of sites, let’s…


Startup talk at SP Jain

Last week I had the pleasure of presenting at the SP Jain Center of Management in Dubai Technology Week to a group of MBA students with technology backgrounds.  I was very impressed with the level of students at this school; we’re actually working with groups of students from there this year on several research projects. …


WebMatrix – making web development simple

You have probably seen ScottGu’s list of new web development technologies (IIS Developer Express, SQL Server Compact Edition, and ASP.NET Razor) and possibly the announcement on WebMatrix.  If you haven’t tried WebMatrix yet, I would highly recommend it; I’m a big believer in simple. If you’ve ever wanted to set up WordPress, Drupal or any…


Startup Weekend Oman

Had a great time at Startup Weekend Oman today, met some very enthusiastic entrepreneurs who were looking to launch their own companies.  The teams will be presenting the top ideas to the judging panel on Friday, and no matter the outcome I think everyone learned a lot and made some great connections.  I enjoyed the…


Check out the Archivist (Twitter Analysis tool)

Do you spend a lot of time on Twitter?  Interested in analyzing trends, sources and more detailed information on what’s happening in the twitterverse on your topics?  Check out the latest project from MIX Labs, the Archivist.  Archivist is a twitter search and analysis tool that lets you see (and archive) tweet information.  Ever wanted…


Visual Studio 2010 Launch in Kuwait – May 18th

After the successful local launch of Visual Studio 2010 in UAE and Qatar, we’re coming to Kuwait. Join us: Date: May 18th Time: 1:45pm – 7:20pm (includes “Robin Hood” movie) Location: Cinescape 360 at 360 Mall, South Surra, Kuwait REGISTER FOR THE PREMIERE


The results for Imagine Cup Gulf 2010 are in … and the winners are

Sekna, our academic programs manager has posted the Imagine Cup Gulf 2010 Regional finals results on the new Microsoft Gulf Community Blog.  1st Place – Kuwait (AUK) – TWTD 2nd Place – Oman (SQU) – Show me the Traffic 3rd Place – Bahrain (University of Bahrain) – Cash Trash 4th Place – UAE (UoWD) –…


Imagine Cup Gulf 2010 Regional Finals – May 3rd

Next week is a big week for us: Visual Studio 2010 launch in Dubai on May 2nd and our Imagine Cup Gulf Regional Finals on May 3rd. It’s been a fun year working with all the students and it’s great to see all of their work in the projects that were selected for the regional…


Visual Studio Launch in Dubai – Code and a MOVIE

I’m happy to announce that we will be hosting our local launch of Visual Studio 2010 in Dubai on May 2nd, 2pm at the Cinestar Cinemas in Mall of the Emirates. “Visual Studio 2010 premiering at a theatre near you!  Join Microsoft and the local developer community at the Cinestar Cinemas Mall of the Emirates…