‘Coffee and Pins’ Saturday

by Shijaz Abdulla on 24.11.2011 at 22:41


Coffee and Pins: What’s common between the two?
Here’s a hint: Internet Explorer 9

Still don’t get it? Find the answer by visiting me at Starbucks Coffee, near Hamad Hospital on Saturday, 26th November at 10:00 AM.

pushpinI will show you how you can retain visitors on your website and increase the number of returning visitors by adding simple browser capabilities to your website. The session is free to attend for all web developers.

What’s more? Coffee and pastry is on me Smile

If you’re a web developer and you want to register, send me a private message or write a comment below.

Microsoft Virtual Academy: Free Training

by Shijaz Abdulla on 20.11.2011 at 09:19


Cloud Computing! It’s one of the biggest opportunities for IT Professionals in recent years.  But wouldn’t it be great if there was a simple, effective way to get the skills and training you need to take advantage of this opportunity, and also get the recognition and rewards that you deserve?

This is where Microsoft can help give your career a boost.

Visit the Microsoft Virtual Academy training portal now and register to receive free and easy access to training for IT Professionals who want to get ahead in cloud computing. This content was developed by leading experts in the field, and the modules ensure that you acquire the essential skills and gain credibility as a cloud computing specialist in your organization.

MVA courses include:

  • Introduction to SCVMM, Architecture & Setup
  • Creating VMs,Template & Resources in VMM
  • Managing Windows Azure
  • SQL Azure Security
  • Identity & Access
  • Data Security and Cryptography


Number One: Microsoft voted Best Partner and Best Place to Work

by Shijaz Abdulla on 19.11.2011 at 14:16

Best company to partner with in the world

I am very excited to announce that Microsoft was just named the 2011 #1 Best Company to Partner with by CRN and the Partner research survey they ran. This is exciting news, particularly as the finding was purely based on Partner-driven responses.

You can read more about it here: http://www.crn.com/slide-shows/channel-programs/231902705/2011-best-companies-to-partner-with.htm;jsessionid=J1RWHOHu48RLsVv6nf4dQA**.ecappj03?pgno=26

I want to thank our partners for valuing our partnership and wish for more success moving forward.

Best place to Work in the world

A few weeks ago, Microsoft was also listed as 2011 #1 Best Place to work, ranked by Great Place to Work, a research and consulting firm that has collaborated in the past with Fortune magazine to produce a "Best Companies to Work for" series of publications.

Read more: http://www.greatplacetowork.com/best-companies/worlds-best-multinationals/list-of-the-25-best-from-2011


How to synchronize your Outlook signature between multiple computers

by Shijaz Abdulla on 19.11.2011 at 12:41

Windows Live Mesh not only helps you synchronize documents between computers, it also helps you synchronize Office settings such as Outlook email signatures, custom dictionaries, templates, etc.

I stumbled upon this feature this morning when I was synchronizing files between my Windows 7 PC and my Windows 8 tablet.

Windows Live Mesh is now part of the Windows Live Essentials bundle (free download).

You can also use Windows Live Mesh to synchronize Internet Explorer favorites between multiple computers. One of the great many advantages of running Windows all your computers – be it PC, laptop or tablet!


Next generation Microsoft Surface available for pre-order in Qatar

by Shijaz Abdulla on 19.11.2011 at 06:15

Qatar is one of the 23 countries in the world where Microsoft Surface 2.0 is available for pre-order as of November 17, 2011. The product is available through Samsung resellers via the Samsung Electronics website.

The Samsung SUR40 with PixelSense technology makes it possible for people to share, collaborate and explore together using a large, thin display. Recognizing up to 50 points of simultaneous touch, including fingers, hands and other objects placed on the screen, it has been well-received by new and existing Surface customers as companies such as Dassault Aviation, Fujifilm Corp. and Royal Bank of Canada prepare to deploy units around the globe in early 2012.

Announced earlier this week, the next-generation device was named a 2011 “Best of What’s New” award winner by Popular Science magazine.

Partners and Software developers interested in creating solutions for the Samsung SUR40 can visit the Surface Developer Center to get started with the Surface 2.0 software developer kit, featuring the Input Simulator, which enables developers to write Surface applications on any Windows 7 machine, as well as other helpful developer-related resources. There are already hundreds of highly skilled Surface software development partners that can be found at http://www.surface.com.

The 23 countries where Samsung SUR40 is available for pre-order are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Partners: Earn up to 30% incentive with Microsoft solutions

by Shijaz Abdulla on 20.10.2011 at 18:19

The Solution Incentives reward partners for driving sales of specific Microsoft solutions, chosen for their growth and market potential. The program creates opportunities for partners to build new sustainable revenue streams and increase their value to customers.

What partner types can participate?
Solution incentives are customer segment and partner-type agnostic. Partners need to meet eligibility requirements and each opportunity being registered needs to meet the eligibility criteria described in the Program Guide, to be eligible for incentives.

What if the Solution Partner also transacts the order?
Whether the Partner is only advising the customer, or advising and transacting, there will be no difference in the solution incentives calculation and payment.

For more information, check out the following documents:

Management and Virtualization

Windows 7

Application Platform (Microsoft SQL Server)

Microsoft Lync

New to PSX? Check out the PSX resources here.

Looking for a Microsoft partner in Qatar? Use PinPoint.

by Shijaz Abdulla on 19.10.2011 at 14:34

The Microsoft PinPoint website is now available in Qatar.

You can now locate Microsot partners that can fulfill your specific technology needs by using the Microsoft Pinpoint portal – our comprehensive online partner directory. To identify a list of partners, please visit the Qatar Pinpoint site and click on the relevant ‘Competency’ or ‘Business Need’ from the left navigation bar. Please let me know if I can assist with anything further.

You can also read reviews about the partners and leave your own comments about partners you have tried.


Threat Management Gateway Service Pack 2 now available

by Shijaz Abdulla on 10.10.2011 at 21:31

Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 Service Pack 2 is now available for download.

The service pack includes the following new functionality and feature improvements:

New Reports

  • The new Site Activity report displays a report showing the data transfer between users and specific websites for any user.

Error Pages

  • A new look and feel has been created for error pages.
  • Error pages can be more easily customized and can include embedded objects.

Kerberos Authentication

  • You can now use Kerberos authentication when you deploy an array using network load balancing (NLB).

To read the release notes, see the Forefront TMG Release Notes (SP2).

Office 365 trial for Qatar-based customers

by Shijaz Abdulla on 09.10.2011 at 05:47

We are happy to inform you that the Office 365 trial is now available for Qatar customers. To access Office 365 in Qatar, visit www.office365.com.qa


The passing of Steve Jobs

by Shijaz Abdulla on 06.10.2011 at 16:38

“Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives.

“The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come. For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honour.”

— Bill Gates, Microsoft Chairman

“I want to express my deepest condolences at the passing of Steve Jobs, one of the founders of our industry and a true visionary. My heart goes out to his family, everyone at Apple and everyone who has been touched by his work.”

— Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO

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