Mark Davison, MAPS – Jetted in – if that's the phrase for arriving at Durban's still-quaint airport – for this year's Microsoft's Partner Summit (MAPS) this afternoon and, after a short bus trip, we were confronted by hangdog groups of what looked like battle-weary Gulf veterans. It seems that Microsoft's TechEd conference has once again lived up to its reputation.

We hear that last night's beach party – the finale of TechEd – more than lived up to expectations. And the hardened reputations of some of South Africa's top techies was further enhanced when it was learnt that they drank the hotel bar here out of Peroni – both its draught and its bottles.
Ah, well … just as well we don't drink Peroni.
MAPS delegates will have their own beach party tonight but, being partners, it's not expected to be as raucous.
MAPS officially kicks-off tomorrow morning and we'll be here reporting on it for the rest of the week.
Hopefully, our ears will have popped by then and we'll be able to hear what the presenters have to say.