In July, the Rocky Mountain Windows Technology User Group (RMWTUG) will be entertaining Keith Hageman who will speak about Open Protocols and the effect on product development.  If you're a developer, you'll want to know more about this.

The full details, including dates/times/locations (there is one in both Denver and Colorado Sprngs) can be found on the RMWTUG site HERE.

Here is the description:

Navigating Microsoft’s Open Protocols – How will product development change in the new world of Open Protocols, Keith Hageman, Microsoft

Microsoft recently provided open access to a huge amount of protocol documentation to aid third parties to interoperate with Microsoft high-volume products at the wire protocol level. However, due to the sheer volume of the documentation, it can be a time consuming task to wade through them all, let alone understand how the protocols work “in the wild”. This talk will focus on what protocol documentation, tools, and forums are available to help the developer. In addition, a brief overview of Microsoft’s Patent Pledge for Open Source Developers and Protocol Patent licensing program, including the “Protocol to Patent Maps” tools, will also be provided.

The goal is to help the community to navigate and utilize Microsoft’s open protocol documentation, enable them with tools to debug wire protocol issues, and provide a forum to answer questions and to foster a community approach to understanding how to interoperate with Microsoft high volume products including Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Exchange Server 2007, SQL Server 2008, Office 2007 and Office SharePoint 2007.

Keith Hageman is a Senior Technical Evangelist for Microsoft Open Protocols team (www.microsoft.com/protocols). Keith works with a variety of partners in the IT industry to license and implement open protocols. Keith also works with Microsoft's product development groups developing product protocols.

Keith has been in the technology industry for 30+ years at StorageTek, NBI, GTE Communication Systems and on contract to AT&T and U.S. WEST as a member of technical staff in various development roles. Keith joined Microsoft in 1997 working with partners to develop products that integrate with Windows client and server operating systems.