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James Senior at Microsoft: Like a kid in a candy store

June, 2008

  • Introducing the Microsoft Store

    Consumers can now purchase and download our most popular products like Windows and Office online through the new Microsoft Store.  I do like the design of the site, it's clean and uncluttered with no brand logos - how refreshing! So far the stores...
  • Partners – How do you want your training?

    Microsoft provides a huge amount of training, information, product data, sales guides, technical guides etc on a huge range of products and services and consuming this in it’s various formats is a challenge.  Blogs, Live Meetings, Videos, Podcasts...
  • SBS Partners - when do you want training?

    We've just been debating whether partners want Sales and Technical SBS training to be released in a specific order.  Based on experience from the Server 2008 launch most partners wanted sales training to be released first to understand the value...
  • When the Cloud goes down

    Over the weekend one of the services in the cloud that I consume - Statcounter - experienced some unplanned downtime.  In this instance it wasn't simply a hard drive failure or CPU burnout that could have been mitigated by a mirrored database or...
  • Media Center University

    Following the Vista After Hours events we did last year, it's great to see some training being put in place for partners looking to seize upon the opportunity in the consumer market.  Look out for some interesting developments in the consumer space...
  • Announcing Groove in Professional Services Webinar

    We've got an interesting looking webinar coming up especially for those of you in professional services that delves into how you can use it to ease collaboration and boost productivity. Here's what I know on the content: The webinar will start by looking...
  • Monster Virtual Earth Upload

    We just uploaded 69.2 Terabytes of new imagery and data up to Virtual Earth ready for public consumption - yum!.  Chris has the full details but I thought I would mention France has had a big helping of satellite imagery so if you are holidaying...
  • Moving your business to a client/server environment

    I've said before I really like the Smart Business Newsletter that Microsoft produces - there's really useful information in there and I would recommend you take a look if you are a small business and are making IT decisions or want to do smart business...
  • Geeking out at Mashed 08

    I’m here at Mashed this weekend getting my geek on! There’s some interesting talks on from the likes of Yahoo, BBC and Microsoft as well as the competitions for hacking and coding some cool apps. On the Microsoft table we are just talking about the...
  • Microsoft Environmental Strategy

    With increased investment into datacenters around the world it is important to consider the environmental impact and factor in plans for reducing energy consumption and the carbon footprint of new installations.  As a software company we have a big...
  • Plumbb - read my blog roll

    I've had a list of links to blogs I frequently read since I began writing posts about three years ago.  It's a kind of recognition to those who inspire and influence me so that others can become inspired and read more too.  Now the guys from...
  • Good news for Scanners on Vista

    Scanners are quite unique pieces of hardware in that people tend to hoard them and keep them for ever and ever.  The trouble is that over time, manufacturers of those scanners come and go, end support for older devices etc which means that on newer...
  • Last few spots on the Forefront technical training

    Hurry! There's only a few places remaining... Overview of the course – Learn critical deployment and administration skills in this 400-level instructor lead training class on Forefront Client Security and Forefront Server Security products.  ...
  • Silverlight 2 Beta 2 shipping this week and other tidbits

    Announcements aplenty at TechEd 2008 in Orlando today.  Somasegar's been writing about his keynote with Bill Gates and Silverlight 2 Beta 2 is shipping this week with a go-live license for production! This means you can legally land apps in production...