Live from Partner Conference: launch dates announced

I'm sat in the audience for the keynotes at Microsoft WorldWide Partner Conference in Denver so though I'd have a go at Live blogging to let you know what gets announced during the keynotes. Keep coming back here for more info as it unfolds:

  • Allison Watson on stage. Starts out with a Dohatec video that was part of a UK project
  • Kevin Turner gave a very open and honest session about our focus areas. He said we will deliver a product roadmap to partners. Rock on.
  • Brad Wilson did a FANTASTIC demo of CRM Live - way better than last year with a very cool marketplace feature.
  • Kevin announced February 27th as the day for launch of Windows Serve 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio. I have a Vista countdown gadget to share and Mary Jo is obviously watching the feed πŸ™‚
  • Two CRM Live version coming - pricing looks VERY competitive.

more to come soon - Ballmer is up and I know there is some Live stuff coming

  • Heard the phrase "Windows Live Data Centres" for the first time here today. Expect to hear that a lot more
  • Brian Hall did a great demo yesterday of Live Gallery and probably gave the best Live presentation I have seen to date. It's starting to come together.
  • you can of course follow WPC yourself at Digital WPC
  • Nick Mayhew and I are now Twittering WPC


  • SteveB is talking Software + Services with Brian Golfarb up doing Silverlight demos. Nothing new from Mix07 yet...
  • Steve just put up a pretty useful slide on what Microsoft is going to offer in terms of Live services under themes of Personal Services (ahem), Business Services, Developer Services and Service Enablers. The S+S theme is going to be VERY strong this week.
  • Brian Hall is up - this should be good. Demo of Partner Finder using Virtual Earth, more Silverlight, SeaDragon zooming technology...ooooh!! Nice close from bhall - "what's ours is yours"
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Comments (6)

  1. Tod Bishop reported today of Microsoft’s intended entrance next year into the B2B SaaS market with its

  2. jamiet says:

    Hey Steve,

    Have they talked much about Live Quickapps?

    Hope so, cos this is a shameless plug (which I know you’re not averse to :). We at Conchango have been working on Live Quickapps and Rich Griffin has been talking about it here:

    We think there’s lots of potential with Live Services and this is our first entry into it.


  3. stevecla01 says:

    hey Richard

    not as much as we’d like so I’m about to blog about it and have asked a few others folks I know to take a look! Just did a quick video with Paul which I hope will show up on Channel 9

    Great work on Quick Apps – I’m coming in to the office to see you guys in a few weeks. looking fwd to it

  4. jamiet says:


    I’m not Richard. I’m Jamie πŸ™‚

    You won’t see me when you come in unfortunately because I work in California. Shame, would have been good to have put a face to your name.


  5. stevecla01 says:

    hey Jamie – sorry about that, typed too fast πŸ™‚ hope to see you in the UK sometime

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