TWO Chances to win a HALO 4 Collector’s Edition Xbox 360

We’re giving you not one but TWO chances to win a Collectors Edition Xbox Console!
Simply download the new Windows Server 2012 or System Center 2012 trial to enter.

Windows Server 2012 has reinvented the way we construct and run large datacenters while System Center 2012 helps you confidently deliver IT as a service for your business.

The prize, valued at AUD$449 includes:

An exclusive, custom-designed Xbox 360 console

Two exclusive controllers inspired by the game

A standard edition copy of “Halo 4”

A wired headset

A massive 320GB hard drive

Built-in Wi-Fi

Xbox LIVE tokens for exclusive “Halo 4” in-game and avatar marketplace downloadable content.

Enter at



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Invitation to subscribe to SumProduct’s new monthly newsletter

Starting December 2012, subscribers will receive a monthly update on SumProduct’s activities, useful Excel functions, Excel tips and tricks, relevant Microsoft issues, services and training offerings, special offers and even some competitions.  We’ll also deal with reader’s queries in future issues.

If you’d like to subscribe to this newsletter by our Excel MVP Liam Bastick, please go to the foot of any SumProduct web page (e.g. ) and fill in the required information.

#Appfest Dec 7-9 Microsoft Sydney office. Can you hack it?

With the launch of Windows 8, now is the time to get your Windows 8 App developed and in the Windows Store. #Appfest Sydney
gives you the opportunity to network and connect with peers, Microsoft Evangelists and industry experts to make your App ideas happen.

Developers are already reaping the rewards from creating their App, and #Appfest Sydney is your opportunity to focus on making your smash-hit Windows 8 App.

Be prepared for a big weekend! #Appfest will cover Windows Azure, Windows Phone and Windows 8, while giving you the support and tools you need to make your App ideas happen.

The only thing you need to ask yourself is, can you hack it?

Check here for details look for MV Lewis Benge on the Video!


NZ Windows Phone Developer MVP named Software Developer of the Year in ITEX Computerworld Awards 2012

Congratulations to Keith Patton for taking out this award! You can read the full story here.

As quoted from the article…

“The final award for Software Developer of the Year was won by Keith Patton.
Keith is CEO and lead developer for Marker Metro, the first 100 percent Windows
Apps agency. “Keith’s combination of skills is rare: an aptitude for problem
solving and technical ability combined with front-end interface skills and an
eye for detail and quality,” said the judges.

Marker Metro’s Windows Phone game, AlphaJax, was
the first New Zealand app to make it through the very stringent Xbox LIVE
process and the company is also a core contributor to the open source software
framework, Caliburn Micro.

“What really set Keith apart was his absolute
passion for software development aligned with capability and very strong ethical
values,” the judges said.”

Modern Apps, Modern Processes: Microsoft/Readify Roadshow around Australia starting Nov 14

Visual Studio ALM MVP, Richard Banks will be presenting the  Microsoft/Readify Roadshow: Modern Apps, Modern Processes starting Nov 14 in Sydney.  For session details & to register links to each location are below.

Sydney- 14th November, REGISTER HERE

Melbourne- 15th November, REGISTER HERE

Brisbane- 22nd November, REGISTER HERE

Perth- 27th November, REGISTER HERE

Canberra- 29th November, REGISTER HERE

Free Windows 8 App Workshop Nov 14 in Brisbane

Bing Maps Developer MVP, Bronwen Zande will be running a free full day Windows 8 App workshop at The Edge as part of the National Telework Week celebrations.


In this workshop Bronwen will introduce you to the world of Windows 8 RT apps. The workshop is intended to give you a kick-start when it comes to planning and building your app on Windows 8.

When: 10-5pm November 14, 2012

Where: The Edge, State Library of Queensland, Southbank

Cost: Free

Full details here

Registration/Expression of Interest here

Microsoft SQL Server 2012: What’s New in the Database Platform. Wed Nov 14 presentation in Sydney

The release of Microsoft SQL 2012 server revolutionizes how organisations will deploy highly-available and scalable database solutions on premise, and in the cloud. Microsoft has also taken the opportunity, with this release, to redesign their certification programme “for the cloud”.

In this seminar Victor Isakov (Microsoft Certified Architect, Microsoft Certified Master and Microsoft Valuable Professional (MVP)) will explore the key new features for the Data Platform in SQL Server 2012. This seminar will enable both IT professionals and decision makers to evaluate the functionality and business value of SQL Server and help mitigate the risks inherent in an upgrade scenario.


  • New SQL Server certification
  • SQL Server 2012 courses
  • Licensing and Edition changes
  • SQL Server AlwaysOn technology for Mission Critical environments
  • Performance and Scalability improvements
  • What’s new for database administrators
  • What’s new for developers
  • Upgrade process
  • Business benefits of upgrading to SQL Server 2012

 Date: Wednesday, 14th November 2012

5:00 – 5:30 Registration (light food and beverage will be provided)

5:30 – 6:30pm Presentation


Saxons Training Facilities

Level 10, 10 Barrack Street, Sydney

Microsoft SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas next week – catch up with local MVPs

There are a few AUS & NZ MVPs attending the Microsoft SharePoint Conference next week in Las Vegas so if you’re heading over you can meet up with our locals at The Community Hub/booth to catch an update about the Asia Pacific SharePoint Community with leaders / MVP’s from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and beyond!  This will be on Wednesday, November 14  11:30-12:00 PM

Windows Phone 8 Development – Free online course to be presented by MVP

Windows Phone Developer MVP Nick Randolph has collaborated with Charles Sturt University to offer this new, free online short course.

The course will partially prepare people for taking Microsoft certification Exam 70-599: PRO: Designing and Developing Windows Phone Applications, so it’s a worthwhile investment of time and aligned toward attaining certification. The course is delivered online through 4x weekly webinars & starts Nov 21st and further questions are addressed in the FAQ.

Check for more details