Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Global Launch Wave starts today, "Dynamic IT" is the theme (update)

Did you forget? Today is the official beginning to the much hyped Microsoft Global Launch Wave designed to "introduce" the world to Visual Studio 2008, Windows Server 2008, and SQL Server 2008. As I type this post, Mr. Ballmer is blaring on my laptop speakers via the live web cast coverage of his West Coast keynote, doing his best to put a good face on the "2008 brand" products. There is not really much new being shared- at least not yet- and even Ballmer acknowledged during his prepared remarks that the Internet has changed the nature of product launch keynotes since so much is known before products are "officially" introduced.

To be completely honest, it is a little hard to focus on writing this post with his presentation running in the background, so I apologize if the writing is a little disjoint. For now, I'll watch the remainder of the keynote and update this post if any new or exciting details are shared. If you hurry, you can catch the last 30 minutes of the live web cast, too, and enjoy some Ballmer antics today. Yay...

UPDATE: The keynote is over and, as expected, there is not much new to report. What I am excited to mention, though, is that Telerik's Silverlight controls were in the Ballmer keynote! I won't say where, for now, but after MIX next week I'll share the full story. Until then, you'll have to try to figure it out on your own...sorry.