The keynotes at Microsoft TechEd in Los Angeles today brought mixed reactions from attendees today, according to the 23 IT pros I quickly interviewed as they exited. Most were enthused about promised new enhancements to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2’s virtualization features. Others wanted Microsoft to give them new technology that they can use today.
The happiest news, most attendees said, is that a new Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 RC may be released this year. The release date was sort of promised by Bill Veghte – senior vice president of the Widows Business at Microsoft – during his keynote. He said that testing and partner feedback indicates that “Windows 7 is tracking well for holiday availability.”
Microsoft’s planned enhancements to existing virtualization products are good news for Greg Allen, SCCM 2007 administrator for a large financial institution. He sees virtualization bringing great opportunities for savings on server costs and more configuration flexibilitly.
On the flip side, attendees wanted more birds in the hand than in the future, future releases. “I didn’t see or hear anything new or exciting,” Chris Aker of Reed Elsevier Inc. told me. “Mostly, they talked about products I’ve heard about before.”
Zennith Borrego of Ysleta School District’s Technology also came away from the keynote with a positive take on Windows 7. Here’s a video clip from my interview with her.
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