I'm here in Orlando, diving into Microsoft's TechEd Professional. TechEd Developer was last week, but this year the software giant has split developer and professional user conferences into separate weeks, so here I am...
Things are just getting started on a large scale, with Bob Muglia's keynote speech ending a short while ago (more on it later in the day), and people scurrying along the miles and miles of Orange County Convention Center concourses to attend sessions, lessons, and presentations. I'm going to be heading into some of these in just a bit, but first, some initial impressions of the conference...
SharePoint on your mind
Looking through the list of conference sessions, I'm led to the conclusion that SharePoint has a huge role in Microsoft's vision for the business future. It's really at the heart of two major application thrusts, collaboration and Web publishing. On the collaboration side, look for Microsoft to be talking about how to use Windows Mobile devices as SharePoint clients, and how to use SharePoint as the glue that holds your teams together. On the Web publishing side, there's a session on migrating from Lotus Domino to SharePoint. Domino has long been a platform that made Web publishing fairly easy (at least from the content provider's point of view -- care and feeding of the server was still something of a bear). Now, Microsoft looks like it wants to start moving all those big Domino apps over to SharePoint.
There are sessions on embedded Windows XP and CE -- Microsoft wants to take some of the space back from Linux and have all sorts of controllers, systems, and robotics running on various Windows platforms. My knee-jerk reaction is to wish them luck, but I know a number of developers who are thrilled to be able to develop embedded apps on a familiar system.
Security is huge here at TechEd, with lots of lunch and breakout session on how not to get hacked. It looks like most of the action is around best practices, though there are some technologies being talked about. I'm planning to hit some of these sessions, and I'll have more when I do.
Keep up with tweets
Lots of talk about social networking and social bookmarking, so I'll be using Twitter to get short notes up between regular blog posts. You can follow the action here at TechEd by going to Twitter and following iw_test_center.