Microsoft will buy a $240 million equity stake in Facebook

You can read yesterday’s announcement that “the two companies would expand their advertising partnership and that Microsoft will take a $240 million equity stake in Facebook’s next round of financing at a $15 billion valuation. Under the expanded strategic alliance, Microsoft will be the exclusive third-party advertising platform partner for Facebook, and will begin to…


Thanks to everyone who joined me at the University of Glamorgan yesterday

It was wonderful to receive such an enthusiastic welcome at the University of Glamorgan yesterday. It’s VERY rare that I get chance to speak at Universities. I thoroughly enjoyed lecturing students on the wonders of information security. The room was packed and questions abounded. The audience didn’t need much encouagement from me to discuss and…


Where can I find a recording of the Great Facebook Debate? *broken link corrected*

You can watch a recording of last night’s “Great Facebook Debate” by clicking here. The event itself took place in London – I was there in person. It’s free to watch the recording – it cost £25 to be there. Paul Walsh hosted the event on behalf of the British Interactive Media Association at the…


Microsoft Live Maps v2 is out and it knows which country I’m in!

There’s a full description of the new features on the MapForums blog – there’s a wealth of funky new functionality including pretty effective 3D mapping – you have to download a free client for this feature. I really like the 3D birds eye views and videos. Something that’s not documented though it that I no longer…


We’re going back on the road for the Q2 TechNet On The Road tour

It seems like five minutes since we wrapped up the Q1 tour and we’re already planning Q2’s tour commencing in November It’s funny for me to read the title of the session I wrote though – it’s…take a deep breath…”How to take online backups of running applications via System Center Data Protection Manager AND how…


How many Microsofties use Facebook?

I can’t quite believe that there are quite so many – there are 16,758 members of the Microsoft group in Facebook as I type this!


Join the Partner team roadshow to learn more about Vista, Office and Small Business Server

As Eileen mentions the UK Partner Team are on the road – follow the appropriate link below if you’d like to snap up on the last remaining seats:  Wednesday 10 October 2007 – Microsoft, Cardinal Place, London Thursday 11 October 2007 – Microsoft, Thames Valley Park, Reading Tuesday 16 October 2007 – Birmingham Wednesday 17 October…


When will we stop using pen and paper? The lunacy of Legacy Writing Implements!

We have a lovely new building with a Gym in the basement – why on Earth do such places require me to find a legacy writing implement to sign up for a trial! I know that the question kind of answers itself in some respects as it’s typically the requirement to “sign” the agreement that…


Thanks to everyone who joined us for the TechNet On The Road tour in London

Looking back I do feel a little bad about the A/V technician who was somewhat surprised when we asked him to provide video switching for five machines – he was only expecting a single machine. The location was our new London office and clearly it’s auditorium hadn’t been used for such a complicated show. I…


When do the clocks change? When does British Summer Time end?

Like many of you my alarm went off while it was still dark this morning – soon we’ll be plunged into the early morning darkness on a regular basis. The folks at have a nice clear website that lets you know when we (in the UK at least) change from British Summer Time (GMT+1)…