Microsoft Australia will kick off the first of its quarterly partner roadshow events in late February, visiting five capital cities in little more than two weeks.
The partner event will focus primarily on the upcoming launch of Microsoft Windows Server 2003, due for release in late April.
Channels manager, Kerstin Baxter, said several ISV (independent software vendors) partners had been evaluating the beta version of the server software, but more education was required on the product among the rest of the Microsoft channel.
The event, which Baxter described as a micro version of the vendor’s annual ‘Fusion’ conference, will also provide resellers with a hands on look at new technologies such as Tablet PCs, Pocket PCs and Microsoft-enabled phones. There will also be some presentations relating to Microsoft’s growing concern about Linux and other open source software.
The roadshow begins at the Sheraton Hotel, Brisbane on February 27. The remaing dates are: Melbourne, Park Hyatt, March 3; Sydney, Australian Technology Park, March 6; Adelaide, Hyatt Regency, March 10; Perth, Hyatt Regency, March 13.
“We have expanded the content to make sure all of our partners can participate,” Baxter said. “We have worked to make it equally as relevant for ISV (independent software vendor) partners, services partners, VARs (Value Added Resellers) and system builders.”