This past Monday morning at TechEd here in New Orleans, Neil Leslie, GM of Developer & Platform Evangelism, kicked off TechEd 2010 with a mini-keynote (also called a foundational session). The session was called "Extending Productivity into the Cloud" and covered the types of things you can do with Office, SharePoint, CRM, and Unified Communications. Neil walked through the Productivity Vision, laying the groundwork with some great customer stories and examples of how the cloud is changing the way we build, deploy and consume business and consumer applications. Neil then invited a number of different technical folks on stage to demo different applications. I have the say, the demos were awesome. They included:
All in all, it was a great session that began to show the different ways in which productivity technologies, traditionally thought of as only being on-premises, can be leveraged in the cloud and integrated with the cloud to deliver either a hybrid or solely cloud-based experience.
You can view the full session here: http://www.msteched.com/2010/NorthAmerica/FDN-3.
Congrats to Neil and all the guys who demoed (Paul, Donovan, John, Chris, Augusto, and Anand) on a great session! Very cool stuff!