I attended the Microsoft Tech-Ed event @ Hyderabad (India) on 13,14,15th of May 2009 i.e. the last week. There were a lot of exiting sessions for Developers, Architects and IT Pros. The podium was setup in a large hall with all vibrant colors.

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The Rock Band – Agnee http://www.agneelive.com started the session with Rock Music – Jee Le Baby !! This song was specially composed for Microsoft Tech-Ed. It is a very cool song. Everyone in the audience was very restless to see Steve Ballmer with a lot of expectations and questions, glittering their eyes.

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It started with a Key Note by our CEO - Steve Ballmer. Everyone cheered loud when Steve entered the hall. Steve started with the economic slow down and he shared his vision of optimism towards the future. People had a lot of questions for him starting with Windows 7 to economic slow down. Steve said that very soon Windows 7 will be released and there is a lot of buzz in the industry. People who are using the pre-release version of Windows 7 are already liking it very much. Some SQL Server MVPs had the question on SQL Server’s future release and Steve said “Keep a watch !!”. Steve is very optimistic about the release of the latest Microsoft software in the near future like Windows 7, VSTS 2010 etc. There was a question around the Microsoft’s future plans in India. Steve said that, he sees a great talent pool in India. Steve sees the current “Economic Reset” as a half glass full, he energized everyone with positive energy. The key note ended with loud cheers from the audience.

 

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Overall the arrangements were done very well. From the registration desk, upkeep of the hotel, certification kiosks to the food, everything was well managed. The event organizers wearing the green T-shirts were always ready to help and guide. There were some certification kiosks setup where people played games and won the vouchers. The XBox counter was the one I liked the most. There were many more counters from Microsoft learning, Citrix, Intel, Kingfisher Airlines etc. Overall it was very informative. The security arrangements, quality of food and beverages are worth mentioning.

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This event was co-sponsored by many other partners including the news paper, Economic Times http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/.

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There were many tracks in the Tech-Ed like the Developer Track, IT-Pro track, Business Intelligence Track, Architecture Track, Application Lifecycle Management Track. I attended the Business Intelligence Track and the Application Lifecycle Management Track.

The session by Amit Chatterjee on Visual Studio Team Test is the one I liked the most. He talked about the new capabilities in Visual Studio 2010. I attended the detailed session on VSTS 2010 Lab Management and Visual Studio Team Test 2010 called as “Tech Tent” delivered by Shay Mandel, I was simply spell bound. The new VSTS 2010 carries so many cool features. The entire Visual Studio Team Test team, including Eyal Melamed, Neelesh Kamkolkar, Vishal Mehrotra, Vinod Malhotra and others were very helpful, addressed every question that came up during the session and took a note of every feedback.

I will write about the new features of VSTS 2010 and other sessions I attended very soon … so keep a watch on this blog. Cheers !!

The official Tech-Ed site is : http://www.microsoft.com/india/teched2009/