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  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2012 Webcast Series

    We've had a great response to the various virtual training events we've been posting and we've heard that these aren't just valuable for your teams, but for you as well. Continuing along that vein, we have an upcoming virtual event series that covers the ins and outs of SQL Server 2012. Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Making Time To Learn In 3 Easy Steps

    Learning. It’s one of those things that we know is good for us, but we can never seem to do it. It’s good for the job that we’re currently in and it’s helpful in building your skill set, which could lead to career advancement. And yet we can’t seem to find the time. In...
  • Blog Post: How Accessible Is Your Website?

    According to a recent Globe and Mail article , several hundred thousand Canadians are still using dial-up internet. Either by choice or because they have no other option, they browse the web with 56k modems knowing media rich sites could take hours or even a day to load . Here at Microsoft Canada...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2000 End of Support - April, 2013

    There are some important support changes coming up for Microsoft SQL Server, per Microsoft’s Support Lifecycle policy . Being aware of these changes means the ability to potentially avoid the risk of running unsupported products and more importantly, being able to choose the right version of SQL...
  • Blog Post: New Office Garage Series for Tech Enthusiasts

    Did you like to take things apart as a kid to see how they work? Do you still do it today? Do you like to get under the hood from time to time and get your hands dirty? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then the new Office Garage Series show is for you! Tune in to the new Office Garage...
  • Blog Post: You Could Win $5,000, An HP EliteBook Revolve, 800 Microsoft Points and Don't Forget The Free Resources

    Get the resources, hands-on experience and knowledge you and your team need to take advantage of what Microsoft Virtualization and the Microsoft Private Cloud have to offer. You’ll be able to spend less time on day-to-day maintenance and more time on your strategic objectives, helping you add...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 - Revisited

    We gather and receive feedback in a lot of ways at Microsoft. One of the things that has been clear to us, (regardless of where the feedback comes from) is that you'd like us to spend a little more time on Windows 8. We've heard you loud and clear so in addition to hands on events that we've been...
  • Blog Post: BI QuickStart: Get Familiar With One of the Leading BI and Analytics Platforms

    Once again, Gartner has positioned Microsoft in the Leaders Quadrant in the 2013 Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms , based on its completeness of vision and ability to execute in the BI and analytics market. Whether you are in the process of creating your enterprise Business...
  • Blog Post: Insert IT Innovator Here

    As a manager it can be difficult to balance the career and skills development you want your team to pursue, while still being able to get the job done. We’ve all been there, we want our teams to continually grow their skills so they can be better in their current role and help get them ready for...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization and Private Cloud Infographic - Windows Server 2012

    When it comes to new products, it can be tough to know when you should dive in. It takes a lot of time and effort from you as well as any teams you may manage, not to mention the potential budget implications. We’ve heard from you and we’ve seen firsthand at our events, that it helps to...
  • Blog Post: Interactive Q&A for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 – Introducing MVA “Office Hours”

    It’s a New Year and the start of new beginnings. So what better time than now to try out something new? We’re trying out a new way to connect with you and your teams, a new way to provide you with the information you need and that you think is important. We’re introducing Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: More IT Camps - Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8

    We've had a great response to the IT Camps we've been delivering over the last few months. These deeply technical, hands on, scenario based training sessions have focused more on the real day to day of someone in IT , so it's no surprise that we've sold out every IT Camp we've run. You and your teams...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 for Business Virtual Launch Event - February 27

    We've gotten a lot of questions since Anthony posted about Office 365 launch for the home user . He outlined some of the great possibilities that Office 365 Home Premium created for people in the same household. Some of those questions focused on Office 365 for business. What would it look like...