Top 20 finalists announced for the 2011 Microsoft New Zealand Imagine Cup

Microsoft New Zealand has today announced the top 20 teams set to battle it out at the Imagine Cup 2011 finals festival in April next year at the University of Auckland. The 20 teams were whittled down from 280 submissions from university students across New Zealand. See the full details here

Innovative Teacher using Zune as programming platform

Pat Yongpradit’s winning Innovative Teacher Award project, which encourages female students to engage in game programming uses XNA and the Zune. It is a shame the Zune never sold in New Zealand but I expect the same approach would work with Windows Phone 7. [View:]  

AD FS 2.0 Federation with Shibboleth 2 and the InCommon Federation

We have just published a guide to AD FS 2.0 interoperability with Shibboleth2 and the InCommon Federation.It includes a walkthrough of setup of a basic lab deployment of Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 and Shibboleth 2 that performs cross-product, browser-based identity federation.

Windows Media® Components for QuickTime

For all my Mac loving friends out there (who don’t run windows 7 on their Mac). With Windows Media® for QuickTime, by Flip4Mac™, you can play Windows Media files (.wma and .wmv) directly in QuickTime Player and view Windows Media content on the Internet using a Web browser. Download from Don’t forget to check…

Bing Maps Photosynth screencast

This is the demo I usualy do to show the rich mapping and photosynth integration in Bing maps. [View:]  This screencast was recorded in realtime while connected to the Internet from my home ADSL connection.

Podcasting online course to encourage school girls in technology

Microsoft has a big focus on employment diversity, including women in IT. To achieve this, we need to encourage school girls that technology is cool. Microsoft has started a program called digigirlz in the US which includes an online course that I think is applicable in New Zealand. If you are reading this blog and…

Bing Maps and Photosynth demonstration

I have had many comments from teachers about how much better the Bing maps look compared to other mapping solutions (most recently at the North Otago Principals’ Association Teaching and Learning Conference on Oamaru). In New Zealand, the “Maps” option doesn’t appear on the search results top menu so you either have to change your…

Microsoft Education Related Software Presentation

This is one of the presentations I’m giving at the North Otago Principals’ Association Teaching and Learning Conference. It is still a work in progress but that is one of the great things about Office Web Apps embedded support, as I update the presentation, it will be updated in this blog automatically.

Windows Steady State like functionality for Windows 7

Windows Steady State was a solution for Windows XP that made it easy for an IT Pro to manage a kiosk type shared computer by resetting it back to a known state after a user logged of. Lots of people have asked for this capability in Windows 7 and Microsoft has just released a document…