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There were hundreds of sessions at this week's Microsoft TechEd 2011 conference in Atlanta, covering a wide swath of topics for IT professionals and developers. There were sessions on everything from Forefront Unified Gateway, to the consumerization of IT. I've been slogging through the slides -- which Microsoft is posting along with the Webcast presentations from the show -- looking for some of the more interesting tidbits. (At least interesting to this Microsoft watcher. Your interests may, and most definitely will, vary.)
I've pulled out a handful of the slides I felt explained Microsoft's various products and strategies most succintly and tellingly. The first one here is Microsoft's latest cloud-computing architectural diagram. Microsoft's cloud diagrams have come a long way since the company first attempted to explain its public/private/hybrid strategy. This one highlights the key products Microsoft is positioning as being central to its public and private cloud offerings.
The System Center team at Microsoft has a full plate this year, with lots of beta, release candidate (RC) and final ship targets on its schedule. Note that we now have an official date for the coming "Concero" hybrid cloud-management portal: Both the beta and final versions of Concero are slated for the second half of calendar 2011. I have to say, it's refreshing to see a Microsoft team that is willing to share with customers and the general public such a complete version of its 2012 roadmap.
At TechEd, Microsoft began sharing a few tidbits about its feature set for its next version of Visual Studio, which company officials are publicly calling "Visual Studio v.Next," but which this slide indicates is internally known as Visual Studio 2012. Microsoft has been on an every-two-year ship schedule with Visual Studio for the past few years, so I'm not sure why they've gone to the dark side that some other teams at Microsoft have and are shying away from using the product name that everyone inside and outside the company is using. Microsoft officials shared information on some of the VS 2012 application lifecycle management (ALM) features of the product this week, but wouldn't talk beta or final ship-date targets.