Live blogging from Washington DC…
Key stats highlighted early on this session - 9,500 Microsoft partners and 3,000 Microsoft staff from 130 countries in attendance at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2010 (WPC 201). In total Microsoft has 640,000 partners globally.
A big spiel from Steve Balmer about the cloud and the changes and opportunities it will bring. He presents a number of scenarios where the cloud will benefit both customers and partners.
Windows 7 ‘Slates’ / Tablets
Steve is talking about Windows 7 ‘Slates’ coming this year from Dell, HP, Fujitsu, Lenovo, Toshiba, Samsung, Asus, MSI, Sony, Onkyo, Pegatron. They will show some of those today. They will accept both ink and touch based input. In form factors with and without keyboards.
Windows Phone 7
Windows Phone 7 coming from Dell, HTC, Garmin Asus, LG, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and Toshiba. Steve Ballmer admits Microsoft have missed a release cycle. He’s talking about the positive reviews that Windows Phone 7 is already receiving.
Windows Azure Appliance
Bob Muglia has just announced the Windows Azure Platform Appliance. Microsoft will allow large customers and service provides to host Windows Azure. Due late this year with a first wave of adopters – Dell (As a service provider and a infrastructure supplier to customers), Ebay (who do 75 billion SQL transactions per day), Fujitsu (who will train up 5,000 staff in Azure) and HP (providing hardware to run Azure on).
Windows Azure work with Microsoft System Center tools so will be available as an extension of the corporate network.
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