As I type people are leaving the keynote in significant numbers. It seems rude, but I can understand.
Keynotes at Tech*Ed have declined in power as the suits take over. Back in the old days keynotes were fun, silly, energising, and had a lot of WOW. And the smartest thing worn was a relatively fresh golf shirt.
This feels like the conclusion of the past few years. The Microsoft speakers are in suits and ties for heaven\’s sake; and the whole thing has a serious business to business tone, rather than techie to techie.
It might change in the next 50 minutes but I\’m not hopeful. When you think of the opportunity:
Sql Server 2008 R2
Windows Server 2008 R2
Visual Studio 2010
Forefront TMG 2010
That could have filled many hours of WOW demos.
Is it because Tech*Ed is in the early winter instead of the summer?
Ah, at last!!!!! Julia White is on after 45 minutes doing an exchange 2010 demo, but unfortunately a lot it\’s stuff that\’s been in the public domain for a while.
The biggest cheer was for the OWA demo using Firefox 🙂
Now we\’ve got 2008 r2 tools and eco being evangelised.
Overall I feel this keynote has been written by Redmond to sell to suits and to people watching on the web, not by techies to wow techies… Honestly – how many techies get excited by the bottom line?