A Microsoft TechEd picture is worth a thousand words

A Microsoft TechEd picture is worth a thousand words

Summary: Slides from various presentations at Microsoft TechEd 2011, which was held the week of May 16 in Atlanta.

TOPICS: Microsoft

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  • In a session outlining Microsoft's evolving embedded strategy, I found this slide that puts three of Microsoft's video/TV platforms all together (something that doesn't happen very often). Microsoft moved its embedded division under its Server and Tools organization during the past few months, and has begun emphasizing the need to manage the growing web of Windows-embedded platforms out there, as a result. When you hear Microsoft execs mention "Connected Media Devices," what they really seem to mean are set-top boxes, DVRs and TVs. Microsoft is licensing various embedded versions of Windows to OEMs who want to put Windows inside these devices, while it also is licensing MediaRoom, its IPTV solution, to broadcasters worldwide.

  • As the Windows team continues to labor on Windows 8, which will be Microsoft's 'real' operating system for tablets, Microsoft and its PC partners are continuing to try to make a purse out of a sow's ear and sell Windows 7 tablets for the next year-plus. At TechEd, Microsoft officials pitched yet again why Windows 7 makes a good tablet operating system. Microsoft is  playing up the security, manageability and customizability features of Windows 7 tablets that are coming to market in the next few months as what users really want and need. Microsoft's salesforce is using an almost identical slide in pitching customers who are buying and/or thinking of buying iPads to try to convince them that Windows 7 tablets are more versatile and business-ready.

Topic: Microsoft


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • RE: A Microsoft TechEd picture is worth a thousand words

    Even companies that put the brakes on their upgrades during the Vista years (then were devastated by the financial crisis) are now starting to spend $$ on Windows 7 to help secure their networks. Although, I do think Microsoft is on the wrong track in thinking 7 is a tablet OS.