Was it worth the wait? Well for me it was a weird morning…I went to sleep at 02:30 after writing a long email that goes out of out worldwide General Managers and a number of other people inside the business. The timing was crucial and I was editing at the last minute in the keynote room. We got it out…phew.
It was weird that because I felt on edge, nervous even as I knew what was about to happen. 3 years or work, all about to be outed during 90 minutes of keynotes. I know a lot of the folks behind the scenes, writing slides, fixing demos, readying the websites and preparing so many moving parts. I just wanted it all to work and everyone to have a great morning. I think they all did. The keynote went well IMHO and www.azure.com went live at just the right moment. And then Twitter lit up like a Christmas tree. It was a great feeling and there was more energy on Twitter than in the room at times. I think many in the room were trying to grasp what had just been announced.
What does it mean to me? Well as I said earlier it feels a lot like Windows all over again – a platform that spawned an amazing ecosystem and business opportunity. That same platform just moved to the cloud. If you can write a Windows app, you can now write a cloud application. If you want to build the next Facebook, YouTube or something similar we have a huge, scalable platform in the cloud comprised of computing, storage and development services (API’s). If you want to simulate that on your desktop, you’ll be able to do that too.
This really is a HUGE announcement for Microsoft. Behind all of this a series of datacenters of an unbelievable scale.
For me, this is nothing short of Microsoft 3.0 – from a PC company, to a server company to a cloud company.
It’s going to be tough to actually go out tonight rather than sit at my PC and watch the coverage develop. I think I’ll treat myself to a beer or two and hang our at The Standard. Maybe see you there…..