Last month saw the Annual Microsoft Partner conference take place in North Queensland. This is something we as Microsoft Partners go to each year to get more of an idea how the past year has been for Microsoft and where they will be making marketing pushes over the coming 12 months.

It is also a good time to learn about emerging technologies in beta (testing phase) that will be released so we can begin getting up to speed and start talking to clients about benefits they might see for their own companies.

Microsoft have confirmed they are strongly committed to Small to Medium Business (0-250 computer range), while they are releasing the new version of Small Business Server, there is also a new product being released called Essential Business Server that is designed for the 50-250 computer companies and brings some of the great features such as Remote Web Workplace etc to companies bigger than what Small Business Server could support.

The conference venue was fantastic and the peer network is always great – this year was no exception. It was good to catch up with people from other states that you don’t get to see often during the year.

On another great note we would like to congratulate Stuart Applegate and his staff at BCA (Brisbane) for winning the Small Business Specialist award, Stuart is a good friend and his team often do work for our clients with Brisbane offices. Again, hats off to you!!!!!