July 22, 2010

nFocus was lucky enough to attend the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington DC this year and there was loads of great keynotes, sessions and networking. We were even treated to a keynote by President Bill Clinton at the Verizon Center

Brad Brooks (Corporate Vice President, Windows Consumer Marketing) introduced some of the Personal cloud stuff and I have to say it sounds great. All your consumer devices interconnected with your own personal cloud, syncing seamlessly, it’s like live mesh on steroids! They demo’d Kinect™ for Xbox 360 which went down a storm with the audience but I’m glad I have mine on pre-order, can’t wait for November, this device really rocks!!

Brad Books – Personal Cloud

Well, we managed to find one chat on Software testing by the one and only Brian Keller (Technical Evangelist for Microsoft Visual Studio), he demo’d Visual Studio 2010 testing tools in a rather small room with a poxy little screen but still managed to pull it off – I just had to get a photo with him 🙂

Brian Keller from Channel 9

My personal fav, Kevin Turner COO for Microsoft, I always love this guy and this time round he did not disappoint. He attacked their competitors Apple, VMware, Linux, Oracle and Google and painted a picture of how Microsoft’s strategy for mobile, desktop and cloud will allow them to beat their top competitors. Turner also described market share gains against Google, VMware and even Apple (picture below taken on my Apple iPhone 4)!

Kevin Turner COO for Microsoft

I have to say one of the highlights for me was the UK party, a much sought after event with people from all over the world trying to gatecrash (they did let Jon Roskill in though). It was a 007 Casino Royal theme and everyone had a great night although I wasn’t to sure why they had a Dame Edna Everage impersonator roaming round, that was somewhat surreal!

anny Crone (Technical Director for nFocus) and Jon Roskill (Corporate Vice President for the Worldwide Partner Group) having a good time at the UK Bond Party.
So roll on WPC11 which is due to be hosted in Los Angeles…