"Once Windows 8 is released, Microsoft can begin to have conversations with enterprise customers," said Al Gillen, an IDC analyst. "You'll see it utilized initially by customers who have an immediate need for tablet devices. As far as traditional desktops and laptops, I don't think most organizations are going to rush into Windows 8. We'll see some deployments, but those will be fairly light."
Microsoft declined to say how many people are expected to attend the conference, but the total has exceeded 10,000 in previous years. For example, about 10,500 customers, partners and Microsoft employees attended the 2010 edition of the show in New Orleans. In addition to its main edition in the U.S., TechEd is also held in other parts of the world.
But right now, the focus is on TechEd North America 2012. "There's so much going on. I think this is going to be the best TechEd ever," Vander Kooi said.
Juan Carlos Perez covers enterprise communication/collaboration suites, operating systems, browsers and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Juan on Twitter at @JuanCPerezIDG.