Things are heating up a bit.  Have you heard the latest buzz on the blogosphere re: PDC2008?  "By the time we finish our PDC, there will be nobody out there with a wider range of Cloud Computing services as Microsoft." - Steve Ballmer

Amazon announced that their could platform will soon support Windows Server and other MS technologies. In his post, Jeff Bezos shared more details about the technologies supported, services provided, and pricing strategy. He also announced that the E2C team will be at the PDC in October where more details will be announced.

Werner Vogels asks developers to keep an eye on E2C Blog and PDC2008 for more information about Windows on Amazon Web Services. Zach Bonham Allen, a software developer at Mary Kay points out that the Amazon team will be at PDC - be sure to check them out!  The Virtualization, Windows, and Infrastructure  Blog summarizes the offerings of the major players and remembers that MS is very well positioned to make this successful as large shops will be able to modify existing internal .NET services and applications to leverage portions of its cloud offering which will be announced at PDC.

Jas Dhaliwal, an MBA student and blogger, recently attended a conference in London where Steve Ballmer suggested that Microsoft is about to announce a new operating system, codenamed “Windows Cloud," at the PDC in late October. Ballmer said: “We need a new operating system designed for the cloud and we will introduce one in about four weeks, we’ll even have a name to give you by then. By the time we finish our Professional Developers Conference this month, I think you’ll have to say, that there is nobody out there with as wider range of Cloud Computing services as Microsoft including dare I say it, Google".

Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 announced! Martin Woodward points out that while Team Foundation Server is already very mature, there will be a new version of TFS in the 2010 release with significant improvements and enhancements. He says, "It is fantastic that the lid is starting to open on the 2010 release in the build up to PDC and that we can start talking publically about all the great stuff in the next version." Anthony Borton, an MVP VSTS, commented on the announcement: "With PDC less than a month away, Microsoft has started delving into the goodie bag and sharing some of the news with the developer community a little early… Microsoft always has a wide range of new announcements lined up to tantalize even the most conservative developer."

 PDC attendees are in for a treat: everyone going will get a 160GB hard disk with a copy of all the software on show, including Windows 7. Bloggers around the world went crazy with the news… don't believe it? Check this out: VistaKnowledge.com, NetworkWorld, MorninPaper, CRM Watcher, Wilson Rothman, Gizmodo (France), Software Zone (Spain), KeroDicas (Brazil), IncubaWeb (Spain), Anh 2 lúa (Vietnam), Ceneje (Slovenia), Dariusz Śmigiel (Poland), and many, many more!

The Multicore Info Community Blog highlights the Parallel Computing Symposium at PDC 2008.  Tim Sneath got a lot of comments on his recent post where he positions the event as "the Microsoft’s flagship conference, both because of the scale and depth of content, but also because it’s unique as a time when we open up as a company and share almost everything that’s been under wraps for the previous year or so."  Diane Curtis explains the WomenBuild program available for free for those registered for the event. "The program is open to all registrants who have a passion for software development, especially women and consists of pre-conference workshop on Sunday, October 26 during the afternoon, as well as a Women in Technology cocktail reception on Wednesday, October 29."