Cloud: Microsoft Highlights Windows Azure at PDC10
With the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC) 2010 coming up on Thursday, the Windows Azure team wants to make sure you know that they’re planning a heavy presence with seminars drilling into every aspect of their cloud platform. Here are some interesting things we noticed about their cloud “cheat sheet” to PDC10.
The most interesting thing about the Windows Azure team’s blog entry is that they list the keynote being delivered by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and President of the Server and Tools Business (STB) Bob Muglia in the same schedule as cloud-specific talks. That leads The VAR Guy to believe that the Azure team knows Ballmer and Muglia are going to get on their cloud soapboxes and attempt to sell the Microsoft partners in attendance on SaaS.
That may not be Sherlock Holmes levels of deductive thinking, but it’s always notable when Microsoft reaffirms its commitment to the cloud, even if the way ahead isn’t always clear — especially in the wake of Ray Ozzie’s pending abdication. Ozzie may be ready to exit, but Microsoft says it will spend 90 percent of its R&D on cloud computing.
At PDC10, the schedule is mostly what you’d expect, with session titles like “Windows Azure Storage Deep Dive,” “Inside Windows Azure,” and “Migrating and Building Apps for Windows Azure.” But I was given pause by a session called “”Building Windows phone 7 Applications with the Windows Azure Platform,” which is a timely bit of corporate synergy.
The VAR Guy won’t be at PDC10 in person, but Microsoft is webcasting the whole event, so stay tuned for updates all week long. And while it’s not on any PDC10 schedule, we’re expecting a ton of chatter around Microsoft Office 365.