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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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.

Last day at SDM, dawn of a new era.

September 25, 2007

Today was my last day working at SDM. It has been great working at SDM and there are a lot of great people that I will be leaving behind. From Monday 1st October, I will be working at Microsoft as a SharePoint Technology Solutions Professional (TSP), supporting the Southern Region of Australia.