Microsoft’s TechEd 2010 North America — the conference for “cutting-edge insights and expertise that will make life easier for you (and everyone else) at work” — kicked off on June 7th and is running through June 10th in New Orleans. Some of TechTarget’s top editorial bloggers are down there, soaking up what Microsoft’s dishing out, and we’ve compiled some of the highlights of their highlights right here.
Brendan Cournoyer hit on the high points of TechEd over at the Windows Server Notebook blog. First up, the keynote speech, which he said was dominated by cloud talk with the main theme of “how IT professionals can extend the tools and data they currently use on premise (Active Directory, System Center Products, etc.) to cloud computing environments.” President of server and tools business Bob Muglia named the server as the “heart of the cloud,” and articulated that the “company’s goal is to bring all the features of Windows Server and SQL Server to Azure.”
The June 7th announcement of the release of the beta version of Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, slated for release at the end of July, created quite the buzz as well. Ed Tittel over at Windows Enterprise Desktop speculated that Microsoft is emphasizing SP1’s lack of new and specific features to discourage users from waiting for its release, encouraging them to act now and adopt Windows 7. Apparently the features available in July’s SP1 are already available through Windows Update. Cournoyer noted that SP1 will have “Dynamic Memory for Hyper-V and RemoteFX functionality for VDI.”
Other updates and releases from the Windows Server Notebook:
- Windows Server AppFabric is now available.
- Senior marketing manager for mobile communications August Valdez gave a demo of the Windows Phone 7’s features and capabilities. He described it as “basically a portable phone-version of the Office suite.”
- Internet Explorer 9 was mentioned, which will include “new ‘graphics acceleration’ features to take advantage of the latest standards and scenarios for Web browsing.”
- Windows Intune in beta was also announced, a platform for an environment of PC updating and management tasks such as inventory and patching. Is it “a glimpse of the future” as promised by Muglia?
- The cloud made an appearance again during Amir Netz’s presentation of Microsoft PowerPivot, supposedly where “business intelligence can be combined with — you guessed it — the cloud.” The demonstration included data made available through SharePoint 2010 and SQL Server Analysis Services and integrated with Bing! maps.
For more updates straight from Tech Heads in NOLA, check out their Twitter feed @TechEd_NA or follow Brendan’s coverage at @WindowsTT. Are you at TechEd? What are some of your favorite highlights? Let me know in the comments or email me directly at Melanie@ITKnowledgeExchange.com.