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This TechEd slide includes three words that, not so long ago, you'd never see on a Microsoft-approved slide: iPhone, iPad and Android. Earlier this year, Microsoft officials said the company is planning to offer technology (System Center Configuration Manager 2012) that will help IT admins manage these non-Microsoft platforms. At TechEd, Microsoft's message was that it also will help developers write for these platforms, as well, using its development tools.
As my readers know, I have an unnatural love for architectural diagrams. This one caught my eye, as it breaks down into layers the various pieces of the Microsoft platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering, which is Azure. The solid blue boxes are the pieces of Azure that are already available; the dotted-line boxes are pieces that are coming over the next several months.
Yay! Another architectural diagram! This is a picture of the near-term roadmap for Microsoft's middleware platform, known as AppFabric. There are two different AppFabrics that currently don't have a whole lot in common: A version for Windows Server and a version for Azure. As this slide indicates, the AppFabric teams are releasing between two and three drops per year of AppFabric technologies for both the server and the cloud. At TechEd this week, Microsoft delivered a May Community Technology Preview of AppFabric for Azure, and said there'd be a June CTP coming, as well. These two CTPs deliver some of the AppFabric enhancements Microsoft outlined at the Professional Developers Conference in the fall of 2010.