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    There is no greater service than for community and charitable causes. Develop Without Borders is all about community outreach to ensure the success of a charity . And, I know from working with you these past 30 years, there is no greater group than IT professionals, with big talent and great ideas, to...
  • Blog Post: Are you looking for a way to reward your employees?

    One of the benefits of being a manager is the ability to reward employees for a job well done. However, you may not always have the budgets to do exactly what you wanted. Here at Microsoft we recognize that there are IT Professionals out there that are doing truly great things, and we think that they...
  • Blog Post: FYI: Registration for Canadian 2007 Microsoft Office System and Windows Vista Launch events open

    In case you haven't already heard, the registration for the Office and Vista launch events across Canada is now open. To register, head over to: http://www.microsoft.ca/technet/anewday2007 The day is packed full of exciting information for both IT Professionals and Developers and will run from 9am to...
  • Blog Post: Legendary Pioneer, Microsoft Technical Fellow, Chuck Thacker: Recent Turing Award Recipient ($250K prize, considered Nobel Prize of Computing) from Microsoft Research--shares his iconic legacy, current and future innovative research

    This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with top-echelon and renowned professionals. In this blog, I interview this Year's ACM Turing Award Recipient, from Microsoft Research, Charles Thacker . The award was announced this month--March 2010. Chuck is the legendary computing pioneer...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2007 Beta 2 available

    As an IT Manager you are probably looking for ways to keep your staff abreast of upcoming technologies. One way to do that is to get involved with Beta programs to get a headstart on new software. For those of you, and your staff, that are interested Exchange 2007 Beta 2 is now available for download...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Update

    As an IT Manager you may be wondering the best way to stay up to date on what is happening with Vista. Damir has a great post on the Canadian IT Pro blog that lists a number of resources that may be of interest to you and your team. Windows Vista Update - September 13, 2006 Enjoy, Barnaby
  • Blog Post: People-Ready - Thoughts from Phil Sorgen

    Yesterday we outlined our company's vision called "People-Ready". It is a major step for us and I thought it best to have our president Phil Sorgen say a few words about it. Without further delay, here's Phil... -------------------- Yesterday we announced our "People-Ready" business vision and...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 8 and Kinsa Help Canadians Browse with Confidence

    This is an important initiative--have a look and get involved-the project raises awareness of online safety while generating funds for the Kids Internet Safety Alliance. Microsoft Canada Inc., unveiled Browse with Confidence ( www.browsewithconfidence.ca ), a new online destination designed to promote...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 12 and 64 bit - The road ahead

    The team over on the Exchange Blog ( You Had Me at EHLO… ) have just posted a podcast interview of Terry Myerson talking about Microsoft's decision to only offer Exchange 12 on 64 bit. Direct links to the podcasts ( mp3 ) ( wma ). Previously published blog post regarding Exchange 12 and 64 bit...
  • Blog Post: Writer Zone: Introducing Windows Live Writer

    Today's posts seem to be following a theme. Stephen's post just finished telling you about Windows Live Mail Desktop Beta , and now here I am telling you about Windows Live Writer. For those of you that maintain a blog, or after reading Richard Giles' interview are interested in starting one, here...
  • Blog Post: Canadian IT Professionals : Our team has grown!

    I just noticed over on the Canadian IT Pro blog that the newest member of our team has published his first blog post . Take a moment to head over and say 'Hi' to Rodney Buike of theLazyAdmin.com fame. Welcome to the team Rodney! Barnaby
  • Blog Post: Virtual PC Guy's WebLog : Virtual PC is free!

    Virtual PC Guy's WebLog : Virtual PC is free! . I was reading through all of my RSS feeds in Outlook 2007 and saw this one from the Virtual PC Guy’s WebLog. In a nut shell we are making Virtual PC 2004 SP1 available as a free download effective today. Check it out at http://www.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Licensing Web Cast

    Licensing Web Cast Date/Time: June 29, 2006 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Eastern Time With the introduction of Visual Studio 2005 and Visual Studio Team System in November 2005, Microsoft has increased the number of solutions offered to help development teams to deliver great solutions and improve the development...
  • Blog Post: IT Manager Connections Webcasts

    As part of our ongoing commitment to provide you with relevant information, check out this exciting new IT Manager Connections webcast series specifically designed for IT Managers. The series features speakers from both the industry and Microsoft. How to Harness the Value and Benefits of an Integrated...
  • Blog Post: Ensuring Security Confidence: Common Criteria Certification

    Good News I just finished a post on security since it consistently ranks amongst the top three IT concerns. I found this news released today compelling since it gives assurances that there is a strong commitment to security. This means less headaches for you. According to Charles Kolodgy, research...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Software Assurance

    I recently had the opportunity to talk to Eric Jewett, Sr. Marketing Manager for Software Assurance about some of the announcements we have recently made around Software Assurance. Eric wrote up the following article to help IT Managers understand the value of Software Assurance. —————————————...
  • Blog Post: Mix'06

    In an earlier post Stephen had Yong Tao Chen provide some of his thoughts on AJAX. As an I.T. Manager with an eye to the future, this is something that you need to keep abreast of. To that end, Microsoft is producing a show which will occur in Las Vegas in March. The Pitch (from http://www.mix06.com...
  • Blog Post: Information for your Architects: Microsoft Architecture Journal

    I thought that this information would be of interest to everyone either to use or pass on to your architects. I have read a few of the inital publications and they seem to be a pretty comprehensive and insightful. Authors, both from inside Microsoft and from the community at large share their stories...
  • Blog Post: A Winner! “OneCare Live’s” protection for 3 PCs from Viruses, Spyware, Cyberthreats

    I'm finding viruses, spyware, phishing, identity theft threats so irritating. How about a mandatory 5 years imprisonment and a $5M fine for those involved? Every time my system starts to slow down I bring up the task manager looking at what processes are stealing cycles - this is how I found the last...
  • Blog Post: Ballmer Pledges Millions to Canadians at Can>Win 2005

    As a long-time educator, this is my hot button—funding: through software donations, support for research, teacher and curriculum development. I applaud this move by Microsoft to provide $4.5M for partnerships with Canadian schools and community organizations through the Microsoft Programs: Partners in...
  • Blog Post: Try it: Windows Live Mail Desktop Beta

    I’m always on the lookout for those "special" goodies. I got this notice and wanted to share it with you… _________________ Hello there, We’ve finally done it! Our 'little' project to bring you the next generation consumer mail application is going public. As of today, we are instituting a hassle-free...
  • Blog Post: Do you know the next User Experience Intern/Apprentice?

    There is a great post over on the Canadian User Experience blog that you might want to point out to your sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, or anyone else that is looking at getting into the User Experience field http://blogs.msdn.com/canux/archive/2006/10/05/Are-you-the-Canadian-User-Experience-community_2700_s...
  • Blog Post: Software plus Services - "Live Mesh" tip of the iceberg example

    I noticed on both the Canadian Developer and IT Professional blogs that we're expanding the invitation to join in the technology preview we're calling LiveMesh to include Canada, Ireland and India. I checked back with the LiveMesh team blog and confirmed that it's true - there is no longer a wait-list...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Versions

    Rick has just posted this information over on the CanITPro blog ( http://blogs.technet.com/canitpro/archive/2006/02/27/420707.aspx ) For business users, we are going to be releasing two different versions of Vista: Windows Vista Business and Window Vista Enterprise . For your use at home, we are...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Series

    Mobile is the new "e" with more mobile phones than people wearing shoes. The implications are tremendous impacting business, industry, governments, academia, media, society, and globally. Here are some great resources. Microsoft Presspass link: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/windowsphone...