Microsoft TechEd 2011: My top 10 slides from Microsoft's IT conference

Summary:I've been wading through many of the hundreds of presentations from Microsoft's TechEd 2011 conference this week. I've pulled out and assembled my 10 ten slides (so far) from the IT pro/developer confab.

Microsoft's TechEd 2011 conference, a gathering of close to 10,000 IT professionals and developers, is over. The slides and videos from the hundreds of talks are still in the process of being published, and are available to anyone (whether you went to this week's show or not) to check out.

I've been wading through quite a few of the slide decks over the past couple of days, looking for potentially interesting tidbits. I admit I haven't even attempted to check out all of the content, which included sessions on everything from the Forefront Unified Access Gateway and Azure AppFabric, to Windows 7 slates and the consumerization of IT.

But I found some good architectural diagrams, roadmaps and explainers in my perusing. I've pulled out my top 10 slides from TechEd -- adding my annotations -- and organized them in slideshow form.

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There wasn't a whole lot of news at TechEd this week, as BlueBadgeInsights' Andrew Brust notes in his TechEd overview blog post. (I can't help but think Microsoft intended to be able to announce the release to manufacturing of its Visual Studio LightSwitch tool and the third tech preview of its SQL Server "Denali" release at the conference, but didn't quite make it to the finish line in time....) Maybe that's why some of the rumors got a lot of play (like the one about Microsoft open-sourcing Visual Basic 6, which the Softies are saying is not in the plans).

There still were a few news items worth noting, however, including:

Microsoft to add new business features to Mango Windows Phone update

Microsoft previews Visual Studio vNext at TechEd keynote

Microsoft readies 'Austin,' an Azure-hosted event processing service

Microsoft's Lync Online: What's coming when

Microsoft readies second service pack for Exchange 2010

Microsoft makes beta of next release of Forefront security client available for download Microsoft Office Web Apps to officially support Chrome with Office 2010 Service Pack 1

Anything else any TechEd attendees (or lurkers) found notable or telling this week?

Topics: Microsoft

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Mary Jo Foley has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications, including ZDNet, eWeek and Baseline. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008). She also is the cohost of the "Windows Weekly" podcast on the TWiT network. Got a tip? Se... Full Bio

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