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  • Blog Post: User Group Support Services is now live!

    We have just launched a new web site which should really help you with your user group. Check out User Group Support Services at http://ugss.codezone.com Here is some more information on what UGSS provides.. User Group Support Services exists for one reason and one reason alone – YOU ! Our mission...
  • Blog Post: What do we do at Microsoft all day long...

    As I'm sure you know, everyone at Microsoft spends all day writing code for our large number of products - at least 1000 lines of C++ a day each. Not! Like most large organizations, most of us spend large portions of the day in various meetings and so forth. As we are such a large and global company...
  • Blog Post: A new leader for TAGM...

    As many of you know, one of the key roles of the TAGM group I'm part of is to connect with and support the technical user groups around the world, working with the Microsoft field and more importantly with associations such as Culminis, INETA, PASS and others. A few examples of the things we provide...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Beta here...

    I'm sure everyone will be blogging about this, but ... I've been using the beta build of Windows 7 all Christmas whilst I've been snowed in at home - actually that not quite true - I've only been using it whilst I've had power, which wasn't the case on Christmas day! Windows 7, even at beta, ROCKS...
  • Blog Post: Say hello to the new Culminis!

    By now I'm sure you will have heard of the significant changes taking place in the organisation of Culminis. Microsoft is delighted to see the way that the global IT Professional community is progressing. Over the preceding years Culminis has been a driving force in the growth of the IT Pro community...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the UGSS Regional Leads

    As part of the changes currently taking place with User Group Support Services, I'm pleased to be able to announce that we now have four out of five UGSS Regional Leads in place. The main role of the regional leads is to help user group leaders be as successful as possible. It doesn't matter if you are...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft: Not just your ordinary computer software company....

    It's not all about Windows Server, Vista, Office, VIsual Studio. We also make some pretty cool things that affect your average consumer. I really can't understand why we don't run more adverts like this - http://blogs.msdn.com/windowsmobile/archive/2008/03/02/microsoft-video-your-digital-lifestyle...
  • Blog Post: Become a better speaker...

    I've been talking with ToastMasters recently, and as a result they have made the following offer to all Culminis, INETA and PASS user group leaders. Greetings from Toastmasters International! From a humble beginning in 1924 Toastmasters International has grown to become a world leader in helping...
  • Blog Post: Tell us what you think!

    We are launching a broad survey of user group leaders and members, and I would love to get your input on what Microsoft can do to better support the user group community. If you would like to contribute, you can find the survey HERE . There is no personal data collected unless you specifically enter...
  • Blog Post: Carry all your tech books with you anytime with one-click reference on Microsoft technologies..

    Microsoft Press has developed a virtual library for IT Professionals, developers and information workers who want to learn about Microsoft products and related technologies. We have managed to secure a substantial discount for Microsoft user group members. To learn more about the E-Reference Library...
  • Blog Post: Tell Microsoft what to do...

    We are going to be working on a number of global programs over the year in support of the User Group community, and it’s very important that we get as much input as possible from you as to the right way to approach each program. To this end, we have set up a number of “steering groups” including Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: What will the industry look like in 15 years time?

    I've been at Microsoft for 15 years now. A lot of things have changed in that time, for example the whole social network thing, blogs - heck even to some extent the internet.... But with the benefit of hindsight, I wonder how much of it couldn't have been predicted? For example: - Current machines...