Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner shared some new hints about what's coming during what he called Microsoft's "biggest innovation year ever" during Day 3 of Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference.
Turner showed this slide at the end of his remarks on July 10:
(Sorry it's a bit blurry; I captured it from Microsoft's video feed. It also is not arranged in chronological order, as far as I can tell; it's just a collection of product launch points.)
We already knew Microsoft had committed to launching Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Visual Studio 2013, SQL Server 2014, System Center 2012 R2 and aduring this coming fiscal year. (Microsoft's FY 14 runs from July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014.)
But there were more levels of granularity in Turner's presentation. While he didn't reveal any specific dates or many details, here are a few things I thought worth calling out from the slide:
Skype: Support for large meetings; support for enterprise voice (probably, I'd think); integration with Outlook.com and Office 365
Windows Phone: Start screen "innovation";(we'll see how far they get toward complete commonality by the time this announcement is made);
Surface: New accessories and accessory colors; some kinds of updates to both Surface RT and Surface Pro (no word if this means just the regular monthly firmware-type updates or new processors, or what)
Office:, an alpha of which we got a glimpse of last month)
Dynamics: NAV 2013 R2; GP 2013 R2
Turner also announced that Microsoft will have a total of 101 Microsoft brick-and-mortar stores (a combination of full-size and Microsoft Stores in China in this fiscal year, as well.) by the end of 2014 (I believe that's FY 2014). Right now, Microsoft has in the U.S. and Canada. Turner confirmed Microsoft plans to open
It's going to be another busy year for us Microsoft watchers.