PDC Day 1 – Sights and Thoughts!


Hey Campers! Checking in from day one at PDC. This morning’s keynote address led off with Ray Ozzie talking about his vision for our next iteration of Software+Services. talking about expanding from the single node, like with a desktop or a mobile phone to services higher up at the enterprise level, or even beyond in the cloud. with that vision, he announced the launch of Windows Azure, a hosted platform of services in the cloud. Things like identity, Active Directory integration at the local level and in the cloud, ETC… looks very nice. although it’s not truly embedded, I thought it would be interesting as some of you may have ideas for an embedded device that may compliment a service in the cloud. The community technology preview is live now at the link above. The Keynote was very impressive – Here’s some Pictures:

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That’s Ray Ozzie – our Chief Software Architect!

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6000+ of our closest friends turned up to watch the keynote!


we also saw first hand some of the Azure services in action, like bluehoo, a mobile social networking app that has cloud based services. they anticipate quite a spike since announcing here at PDC, so they’re using Azure services to scale up. they went from 2 virtual machines to 20 right before our eyes… very cool! Good Luck to you, Bluehoo! beer


Also, as a special treat, in the partner pavilion we have a replica of the Mars Rover for folks to see. It’s a part of the CCR/DSS Runtime exhibit, which is part of our Robotics Studio family! Thanks to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for spending time with us!

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Also, I’ve put up some pictures of various sights take a look:


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I was accosted hugged by the Channel 9 guy… he’s running at me in this picture!



Here’s our POD in the Microsoft information Pavilion.


More to come Tomorrow! smile_wink


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