26. June 2012 14:22
About a week ago I attend the 20th Tech-Ed(http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2012); it was my 13th. Tech-Ed is the premier Microsoft conference for developers and It professionals. Since my trip to Tech-Ed Microsoft made a number of important announces, which I will sum up along with observations of Tech-Ed.
Just prior to Tech-Ed Microsoft made a big announce about Windows Azure, which continue at Tech-Ed. I have to admit that their announcement made Windows Azure more appealing to me. In fact so much so that I have actually deployed a DotNetNuke Site in Azure using Sql Azure. They really expanded Azure and I think everyone needs to take another look at it.
Other things of note at Tech-Ed: they showed Office (Excel) running on an arm device; new T-Sql commands in SQL Server 2012 very impressive (you can try them out at http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/en/us/learning-center/virtual-labs.aspx); TFS Service (http://tfspreview.com/) being open to every one (I have been using for a couple of month and very happy with it); the new Web Site in Azure (up to 10 free for a year); Infrastructure as a service in Windows Azure; new feature in Visual Studio 2012; and of course Windows 8.
Just days after Tech-Ed, Microsoft announce their new Surface Arm device, which I believe to be a real challenge to the IPad. The device will be made by Microsoft, taking a page out of it Xbox360 book (http://www.microsoft.com/surface ).
The next day at the Windows Phone Summit Microsoft (http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Windows-Phone/Summit ) announce a change of direction with windows phone 8. It will use the same kernel as windows 8, this means that I can very easily make a companion application for the one I am developing on Windows 8 for the phone.