Monday, June 4, 2007

TechEd 2007: Notes from the Keynote

The keynote just wrapped here at Microsoft's TechEd conference in Orlando. A packed audience listened eagerly to hear a roadmap of upcoming releases and product announcements from the software giant.

Microsoft SVP Bob Muglia appeared on stage with actor Christopher Lloyd of the “Back to the Future” series after a splashy and entertaining video introduction poking fun at previous keynotes (and unrealized “vision”) -- and making light of failed Microsoft Products (the other Bob and his sidekick Clippy). Christopher Lloyd took on the role of “MS-BS Detector” promising to sound a honking noise if the keynote were to drift into “vision” territory. The gimic was certainly memorable, but the keynote itself? Not so much.

Here’s a rundown of the product announcements from this morning’s keynote:
  • First public beta of Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5
  • Microsoft launched a new strategy known as “Dynamic IT” with a suite of Microsoft Optimization tools
  • Windows Server 2008 Core Installation option
  • Windows Server 2008 will include Internet Information Services 7.0 (IIS7) web server software
  • Microsoft Forefront security software sees updates
  • Windows Vista’s add-on “Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack” gets new components to virtualiation, asset control, error monitoring, policy management and troubleshooting
  • Microsoft has acquired Engyro Corp.
  • Microsoft is acquiring Dundas Data Visualization’s Data Visualization products
  • Office Business Applications include Open XML – an SDK was released today.

And finally, from the Department of Codename-Translation:
  • ”Katmai” is now officially Microsoft SQL Server 2008.
  • ”Orcas” is now Visual Studio 2008 with a Beta2 available later this summer.

The session ended with video montage timeline respective loook at Microsoft TechEd over the past 15 years. For more on Microsoft TechEd, check back soon or visit Microsoft’s Virtual TechEd site. I took some photos of Bob Muglia and Christopher Lloyd onstage from the press row and will post them here in a few minutes.

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