A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend my first Microsoft TechEd which was held on the Gold Coast. It was a great event and just as good for networking and catching up with friends and acquaintances from all parts of the Microsoft World.
My key take away from the 3 day event was about the 2010 platform. Consisting of Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7, Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, and Exchange 2010. These 5 products together are fantastic – it’s like Microsoft have been playing up until now, and these products are the real deal. However, that comes with one big caveat. They rock becuase they all work so well together. So don’t expect to install Office 2010 and have some of the cool new features in Outlook, because they don’t work without Exchange 2010. So with this in mind, I think it is a tough ask to have businesses upgrade their whole business platform all at once (not to mention the cool Dev tools of Visual Studio 2010 also). I hope businesses do come on board with this, because there is so much benefit in the whole platform, but I think it will be a while.
The SharePoint 2010 launch is happening in October in Las Vegas (which I sadly won’t be attending), so I can’t wait to see what excellent features will be in the new version.
However, the conference that I am attending very soon is Web Directions South 2009 on October 8 and 9 in Sydney. This is the premier Web Industry event and I previously attedned in 2007 and can’t wait to see how much I learn at this event.