the "NEW" efficiencyMicrosoft is officially kicking off the launch of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 at free nationwide events during the fall months.   For those of you in the Northeast, there are two opportunities in your backyard (and you can register now at the links below):

Boston (AMC Boston Common) on October 5th, and

New York City (AMC Empire 25) on October 20th

This is a combined Developer and IT Professional event, with two developer tracks (outlined below) in the morning covering Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 and three IT Pro tracks in the afternoon covering both of those operating systems as well as Exchange Server 2010.

And here’s the really cool part: attendees will get a free copy of Windows 7 (subject to the conditions outlined on the registration site)

 


 

Developer Track: Windows 7

  • Optimizing Your Application For Windows 7

When running your application on Windows 7, do you feel it performs at its best? Do you want your application to shine on Windows 7 and give your users the comfort that comes with Windows 7 Taskbar and Libraries? This session can show you how to give your applications new functionality with very few code changes.

  • Creating New And Exciting Users Experiences – Part 1

Do you want to differentiate yourself from the competition? Do you want to be able to say, "Hi, my app brings extra value on Windows 7?"  Then, these sessions are for you! In the first of this two part series, you'll learn about these features and more:

  • Windows 7 Sensor and Location platform to optimize your mobile user's experiences
  • Windows Touch at your fingertips
  • Creating New And Exciting Users Experiences – Part 2

In the second of this two part series, you’ll learn about the following features and more:

  • Windows 7 Ribbon
  • The new Windows 7 Graphics Stack

 

Developer Track: Windows Server 2008 R2

  • Windows Server 2008 R2, What’s New and What’s Changed

Windows® Server® 2008 R2 builds upon the exceptional legacy of Windows Server 2008.  R2 is an incremental release to Windows Server 2008 – and only the second time that Windows Client and Server releases are shipped simultaneously (Windows 2000 Server® was first).  While Windows 7 is available in both 32- and 64-bit versions, R2 is the first 64-bit only Server release.  Microsoft focused on key technology investment areas while building Windows Server 2008 R2.  These include:

  • Platform Scalability
  • Virtualization
  • Power Management
  • Web Workloads
  • Powerful Platform Management
  • Windows Server 2008 R2, Build Solutions that Scale Beyond 64 Processors

Windows Server 2008 R2 and the 64-bit versions of Windows 7 support more than 64 Logical Processors (LP) on a single computer.   The operating system includes enhanced support of Non-Uniform Memory Access (NUMA) computer architectures along with new User-Mode Thread Scheduling technology.   Developers will appreciate new Parallel Computing capabilities now enabled with libraries such as the C++ Concurrency Runtime and .NET Parallel Extensions and complementary tools support with Visual Studio 2010.

  • Windows Server 2008 R2, Enterprise Network Solutions

Windows Server 2008 R2 includes several new platform technologies for the Enterprise Solution Developer.  Examples include the extensible File Classification Infrastructure (FCI), the native-code Windows Web Services API, BITS Compact Server, and Branch Cache.   Windows PowerShell (version 2) in combination with the Windows Management Infrastructure (WinRM, WS-Management, WMI) provides a great way to enable remote management and automation of your server hosted solutions.