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Chris Liddell keynote at Microsoft Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009

, posted: 14-Sep-2009 10:38

Microsoft Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009 keynote started with the Hon Steven Joyce, Minister for communications & Information technlogy speaking to the audience about the New Zealand government's plans of investing $1.5 billion in national broadband, with urgent attention to rural broadband and education - including building computer literacy and investing so that all schools have fast broadband access and a new curriculum including computer skills. More on this plan will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

He also talked about bringing FTTH to 75% of the households in New Zealand in the next ten years.



Microsoft Corp CFO Chris Liddell also delivered keynote today, with some tech demos in between. Chris told the audience how Microsoft has one of the largest R&D budgets in the world, with plans to invest up to $9.5 billion in 2010 alone. He doesn't see an economic meltdown coming but give five points businesses should focus on during these times:

- Focus on cash
- Streamline cost structure
- Drive operational excellence
- Compete and grow market share
- Invest in innovation



The demos included Windows 7, Microsoft Photoshynt (which is being deployed worldwide in a partnership with Adidas showing New Zealand rugby icons in their website), Microsoft Azure (which is being officially released during the Microsoft PDC conference 17 November 2009 to 21 countries including New Zealand), and Unified Communications with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010.

Overall a good keynote, but I still think it hardly came close to the one delivered by Lou Carbone during the Microsoft Tech Ed New Zealand 2007 - the best keynote I've attended ever.


Other related posts:
Registrations open for Microsoft Tech.Ed New Zealand 2010
Connect with your local .Net user groups
Microsoft Tech.Ed Online: Office and UC






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