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  • Blog Post: TechEd Middle East – 1 week to go

    The same time next week we will be opening doors of the first in history TechEd Middle East . Knowing how much effort and passion the team here in Dubai and across MEA invested into TechEd – it will be a great experience for attendees. Be ready for some surprises for and interesting announcements. Such...
  • Blog Post: IT’s is The Best Job in the World: Win trip to Mauritius

    First of all, if you clicked the link to this blog today to verify if the e-mail you’ve got is not an April 1st joke – congrats this is not a joke! Microsoft just likes to keep IT Community entertained :) So to the point.. Today Microsoft Middle East and Africa proudly claims that “IT’s The Best Job...
  • Blog Post: At a glance view on IT in the world (and MEA)

    So here is an interesting report IT/technology and economy in the World . Can I ask you about a favor regarding this one?  Please have a look on Strengths & Weaknesses report for your country and rate how close it is to reality – just drop a comment to this post or send me an e-mail. But! I...
  • Blog Post: Have a great holidays!

    Whatever you’re celebrating or just going to celebrate – all the best wishes from the team and myself personally! This is the first holidays season for me in this role and the area.. and you know what? Each and every day I’m getting something new and interesting from the community – this is the best...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Middle East 2011 – save the date!

    While Microsoft Open Door will bring some of the great content of TechEd’s to countries across Middle east and Africa, TechEd Middle East is going to be a full-size amazing event where you can explore things you learn at Open Door deeper with the best speakers and experts worldwide. Here are some details...
  • Blog Post: The start of really great week with TechEd

    Why I do love TechEd? Not because of content – can read it all online and watch webcast or “how-do-I” videos. But TechEd is a great chance to really meet with the cream of the cream of Technical Community . And here in Dubai this is super special experience since you can meet with people who you won...
  • Blog Post: A few great MEA events I wished to visit last month..

    Just wanted to share with you some pictures from a few great events that happened across Middle East and Africa. Using my chance would like to say BIG THANK YOU for all attendees (online or offline!) for the interest and to my colleagues for organizing it! Microsoft Developer Days @ Nigeria Great job...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Innovation Centers – find a local one to get help

    As a program Microsoft Innovation Centers are really cool – they are really there to help students, entrepreneurs, academics, professional software developers, startups, IT profession­als, industry organizations and local governments. And finally they have a new cool website (sorry to say, but it’s not...
  • Blog Post: Geeks rule!

    Not only the truth, but also the name of the event I participated in Nairobi, Kenya on Nov 25. Emmanuel, Stewart, team thanks a lot for making this happening! What I really liked about the event - is the feeling of a real hunger for information from the community. What I didn’t like – is that I...
  • Blog Post: All Microsoft Newsletters in one link

    Ok, let’s face it - I know that not all MS newsletters are super helpful. But some of them are really priceless and super important to be subscribed to. How not to miss important ones? Here is the link to track and manage all your NLs My personal recommendation would be to subscribe for: TechNet and...
  • Blog Post: Small, very small world.. Discoveries from Jordan meetings

    Like one of my friends says: the Earth is actually not a globe, but a cube – that’s why so many people are meeting each other right behind the corner :) During my biz trip to Jordan I had a meeting with local user group leads. An I was really surprised when one of them suddenly switched from Arabic and...
  • Blog Post: The best New Year gift for an IT geek? TechEd Middle East ticket!

    Tech·Ed Middle East 2011 is going to be bigger and even more exciting. Here's a few of the highlights you can expect: Double bigger community! Yes, we're aiming for 3000 attendees Increased content - over 200 technical sessions Extended Instructor-Labs - more lab sessions and increased facilities A day...
  • Blog Post: Have you shared your opinion with Microsoft?

    Microsoft regularly conducts surveys for customers and partners to ask for your open and honest feedback (what we did right or wrong last 6 months). And we’re very much thankful for those who sharing the feedback. The only only problem that we seems are not able to solve is Junk Email filter  which...
  • Blog Post: Attending MVP Summit? Get in touch with TechNet and MSDN team

    See the message from my colleagues from Redmond. I’d personally recommend to get in touch with them to make sure that TechNet and MSDN help you as MVPs to share your knowledge.. ---------------- The Server and Tools Online Group will have two sessions during the MVP summit during the month of February...
  • Blog Post: Before Jan 31st: don’t forget to get your discount fot TechEd Middle East (specially for MVPs and UG leads)

    Just a reminder, since I know how quickly time flies… If you’re an MVP or User Group lead - get your 10% off for TechEd Middle East pass and FREE ticket for each 10 teammates registered. Please use this link to get the promo code for your community. And feel free to ping me if any question appears. Hurry...
  • Blog Post: Who’s online at Microsoft Middle East and Africa?

    Ok, I confess I just a newbie in Yahoo Pipes. But due to unstoppable desire to introduce you to other Microsoft colleagues who are online on their blog and twits I created 2 pipes that could be useful for you: Microsoft Middle East and Africa Bloggers Feed Microsoft Middle East and Africa...
  • Blog Post: Answering some questions from the community

    Got another portion of eye-opening questions this week. Our MVPs and User Group leaders asked me few times – how can we get content and support for running our local events? Just 1 click away - Community Launch . What is the Community Launch ? Content + trainings + some free goodies available for...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Open Door events - sneak peak preview (updated dates)

    In short: 17 cities in 15 countries till the end of 2010 and a few more in 2011. The main idea of Open Door events is to bring the best content of the biggest Microsoft international conferences (like TechEd and PDC) to the doors of local IT Professionals and Developers. Topics like Cloud, Office 2010...
  • Blog Post: Flying out of Jordan

    Just would like to say big thank you for Jordanian IT community drivers! (I’m sure I’ll not name them all, but these particular guys were really amazingly helpful with helping me to understand local IT needs and how Microsoft can help) – Muhanad , Hikmat , Suliman , Mohamed , thank you! Guys, just...
  • Blog Post: Share your feedback with Microsoft team

    Hi there! Twice a year we are conducting survey among our users and customers – so called Global Relationship Survey. And this is not a type of survey that everybody just fills and the results go nowhere. *All* Microsoft planns further activities based on feedback we are getting from you . It’s not hard...
  • Blog Post: Enter Island: Thanks for a great start!

    Guys, first of all thanks to all of you who joined the fun already! The reason why we launched this competition on April 1st is.. c’mon how could we miss this day and not to have fun? :)  But in the same time, Microsoft can’t tell anything except truth! So we had no other choice but to make this...
  • Blog Post: Happy New Year, my friends!

    Even the New Year, astronomically, is nothing more than a formal start of a new circle of one globe around another bigger and glowing one – I’d like to wish to all passengers of this smaller globe (and specifically those who read my blog) all the best in this trip! :) This year was challenging, but very...
  • Blog Post: Dev4Devs event in South Africa

    Sometimes we forget what MSDN really stands for. And for sure “MS” is not the most important part of the acronym. MS D evelopers N etwork. The Devs4Devs event in South Africa that I had a pleasure to participate today – was an amazing proof that networking of technical community is the key to success...