27 Dec.

Discussion site for Microsoft Band users

The launch of the Microsoft Band almost 2 months ago came with quite a surprise – it was a rumour one day and then a product available for sale the next. The problem I have found is that the secretive approach perhaps meant that Microsoft was not as in touch with social elements as other product groups and teams are.

Initially Microsoft Band was not even on Twitter, and when it did join it was more posting pictures stories about how the solution could help your life as opposed to interacting with the people who purchased the device. It’s good to see that the Twitter account is now actually having conversations and helping people – but there’s still no place for the general public to communicate with each other, post feedback or suggestions, or share tips.

I’ve decided to set up a Yammer network that is open to everyone to join (although the way Yammer is you have to request an invite once you get to the site): http://www.yammer.com/microsoftband/

Please join, share feedback & insights, apps, and anything else relevant to the Microsoft Band.

See you there!

 9 Dec.

Office 365 to be hosted in Australia in early 2015

This morning Microsoft released their plans to make Office 365 and Dynamics CRM available from Australian datacentres. This follows the same pattern as in Japan recently – where an Azure datacentre was lit up and not long afterwards a similar announcement was made.

You can read the press release here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-au/news/locallyhostedO365andCRM.aspx

Having Office 365 hosted locally is an exciting step as there are still many businesses, organisations and government agencies not ready to move to the platform due to data sovereignty or latency reasons. With the news that Office 365 will be hosted onshore by the end of March 2015 the lists of reasons gets even smaller.