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October 31, 2007



October 25, 2007

If you are an Australian University or TAFE student then you could grab a bargin.  Microsoft are offering all eligible Australian Uni and TAFE students the opportunity to purchase the latest Microsoft Office 2007 Ultimate edition for only $75 for life (or $25 for 1 year) which normally retails for around $1000.  So check out the It’s not cheating website for more details grab yourself a bargin.

It's not cheating - Get Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007

Facebook and Microsoft Expand Strategic Alliance

October 25, 2007

In case you didn’t see this, this is excellent news for Microsoft and Facebook.

Facebook and Microsoft Corp. today announced that the two companies would expand their advertising partnership and that Microsoft will take a $240 million equity stake in Facebook’s next round of financing at a $15 billion valuation. Under the expanded strategic alliance, Microsoft will be the exclusive third-party advertising platform partner for Facebook, and will begin to sell advertising for Facebook internationally in addition to the United States.

“We are pleased to take our Microsoft partnership to the next level,” said Owen Van Natta, Chief Revenue Officer, Facebook. “We think this expanded relationship will allow Facebook to continue to innovate and grow as a technology leader and major player in social computing, as well as bring relevant advertising to nearly 50 million active users of Facebook.”

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1 Day Customer Technical JumpStarts

October 24, 2007


Are there people in your business that need to get up to speed on SharePoint, Performance Point and all of the technologies around Unified Communications?  The Jump-Start is an interactive training session which provides a technical introduction and understanding of Microsoft technologies from an architectural and solution overview perspective.  The sessions are Instructor led “chalk & talk” and does not include any hands-on technical labs. These sessions are ideal if you are a technical person needing to cross train your Microsoft skills and gain an understanding of how these technologies work together in an overall solution. These sessions are led by an experienced ‘in the field’ instructor to give you the fast track introduction and guidance you need as part of your skills enablement roadmap. This is Level 200 Training.

Jump-Start Chalk ‘N Talk” costs $79 and are being held nationwide.  Get all the details on the link below.

1 Day Jump-Start on Collaboration (MOSS), Enterprise Content Management and Search – Technical – November

REGISTER NOW https://www.local.microsoft.com.au/australia/events/register/home.aspx?levent=150045&linvitation

1 Day Jump-Start on Unified Communication (Exchange 2007 and Office Communication Server) – Technical – November

REGISTER NOW https://www.local.microsoft.com.au/australia/events/register/home.aspx?levent=136620&linvitation

1 Day Jump-Start on Business Intelligence and Performance Point Server – November

REGISTER NOW https://www.local.microsoft.com.au/australia/events/register/home.aspx?levent=822610&linvitation

MOSSIG Panel Session – 24 Oct 2007

October 24, 2007

Tonight MOSSIG will be presenting a panel discussion with a number of Microsoft collaboration specialists and I will be there also. For more infomation please contact register@mossig.net.

Special Panel discussion
Topic: “The Platform Inquisition”
David Lemphers – Developer Evangelist
Graham Elliott – Microsoft Services Architect
Nigel Watson – Architect Advisor

Join us for a special panel session with David, Graham and Nigel from Microsoft.

These 3 smart fellas all represent different areas of Microsoft which are converging with platforms like SharePoint and we’re going to discuss this at length. Each of them having very different views should guarantee very interesting debate, while we will not have a worm analysing the audience response in our case the audience is allowed to loudly agree or disagree. We encourage you to submit your questions regarding the platform convergence.

Microsoft 101 Training

October 17, 2007

This week is my third week since I started with Microsoft and also coincides with MS101 training.  I flew up to Sydney on Sunday evening which was eventful, my original flight was canceled resulting in me not getting to the hotel until 11pm.

Day 1, arrived at Microsoft’s office in Lane Cove to prepare for intense training (who is Microsoft, how does Microsoft work, etc…)  Started well with coffee from the cafeteria. Nice surprise when I got to the training room, a special gift for everyone, Microsoft backpack, Vista and Office software.

Microsoft Sydney

After a full day of training I caught up with Alistair Speirs (Office TSP) and Peter Williams (Sales Manager EPG).  Alistair and I then got together for dinner (Seafood Risotto, yummo).

The second day was also full on and covered all of the governance and regulatory type sessions (Is it sad that I thought this was extremely interesting?).  Caught up with Alistair and Gayan Peiris(SharePoint TSP) during my lunch break.

Microsoft Sydney

Today’s sessions were all about exploring the various business groups (what they do, how they do it).  During the mobility session they ran a competition to give away a HTC Touch mobile 6 handset (and guess what, I won! Yay!)

Me and my new HTC Touch 

During lunchtime they ran an Xbox competition, basically a knock-out competition racing the new PGR-4.  What a surprise that Peter from EDD won (Kong came an admiral second and special mention to Fallon who almost made it to the final – she did well).  After lunch a draw was conducted and Gareth won an Xbox 360 (well done!), everyone else was given an Xbox 360 game.

I have been working with Microsoft and Microsoft Technologies for many years but have to admit that I have learnt so much in the past three days.  I have come to the conclusion that I have definitely made the right decision in joining Microsoft.  So that concludes the core MS101 training, tomorrow I start MS101 – Sales Extension training.

WSS v3 Security Hotfix MS07-059 announced

October 10, 2007

The SharePoint Product Team have announced an important mandatory security hotfix that will be released on October 9th (PST).

Be sure to note that as Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 is included with all editions of Office SharePoint Server 2007, Microsoft Office Project Server 2007, and Performance Point Server as well as any others which include WSS 3.0 you need to apply this hotfix on those environments as well. 

We recommend applying this hotfix during your next planned downtime, or change management window and scheduling this with priority.  This hotfix contains previously released hotfixes including the DST (Daylight Savings Time) hotfix.

First, if you have deployed “host named site collections” previously known as “host header” sites you should wait to apply the hotfix if you have more than 50 host named site collections. We will be issuing a performance related fix related to the hotfix. This hotfix will include the same hotfixes as the October 9 public update in addition to the host named site collection update performance related hotfix.  You need not wait if this does not apply.

The most important thing as the title suggests is this hotfix addresses a security vulnerability in Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 that could allow cross-site scripting. This update resolves this vulnerability. Please read the entire contents of the KB article before applying the hotfix as there are a number of known issues which should be well understood. (If these links aren’t available as you read this article, they will be shortly as the hotfix becomes available.)


To view the complete security bulletin, visit the following Microsoft Web site:


Also, Service Pack 1 for WSSv3 and MOSS 2007 has entered internal testing within Microsoft and is expected to be released soon.