October, 2008

  • Steve Clayton

    Clouds On The Horizon at PDC 2008



    I landed in Los Angeles yesterday afternoon with huge excitement about next weeks PDC. For the last year or so I have been working on our Software plus Services initiative within Microsoft and have had to stay tight lipped about lots of the things I’m involved in. After next week that’ll all change as more of our S+S jigsaw falls in to place. I’ve been waiting for this week for a long time and decided I’d take a look back at some important indicators of what is to come.

    One thing I have said to a lot of folks recently is to go back and read Ray Ozzie’s talk at our Financial Analyst Meeting from 2007. If you want to be prepared for next week, that is a great place to start. On Monday morning you’ll hear Ray deliver what is in my mind one of the most important keynotes in the history of Microsoft and probably the most important in terms of S+S. Ray’s Wharton Interview is another good place to get some context for the week ahead. The image above tells you what the focus of Day 1 is and here’s the keynote lineup for the week with two 300k streams in the links:

  • Monday, October 27 8:30am - 10:30am Keynote – Ray Ozzie, Amitabh Srivastava, Bob Muglia and David Thompson
  • Tuesday, October 28 8:30am - 10:30am Keynote - Ray Ozzie, Steven Sinofsky, Scott Guthrie and David Treadwell
  • Tuesday, October 28 11:00am - 12:30pm Keynote - Chris Anderson and Don Box
  • Wednesday, October 29 8:30am - 10:00am Keynote - Rick Rashid

    The long wait for me is almost over. I really hope you think it’s been worth it.


    hat tip to my pal Richard for the title inspired by a tweet

  • Steve Clayton

    Get your I’m a PC badge & stickers


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    I’m bringing a number of these as stickers to PDC. If you see me, stop me and grab one. Meantime you can grab these by right click and “Save As”

  • Steve Clayton

    Bye Bye PDC



    and from here on, you shall be know as the Azure PDC

  • Steve Clayton

    Netbooks – the new LCD TV’s this Christmas?


    Netbooks have had a phenomenal amount of coverage over the last 6 months with the emergence of this new category being catalyzed by the Asus Eee PC. Hardly a day goes by without a new unit being announced or rumored.

    The category is growing quickly and as has been widely reported over the last week or so, nine out of the top 10 best-selling laptops on Amazon are netbooks. Pretty much every manufacturer of note (and some you’ve never heard of) are now in the game. I’ve yet to take the plunge myself, largely as already have a small PC in the Sony Vaio TZ, but will I be able to resist this Christmas?

    It could be the perfect storm for the OEM’s making netbooks – the economy is turbulent, people are being much more careful with their cash and supermarkets are starting to add netbooks to their shelves.

    About 5 years ago an LCD (or Plasma) TV was a luxury few homes could afford but within 18 months the prices dropped and units starting shipping in volume and at ever decreasing prices through retailers such as Tesco’s. You can now buy a flat screen TV from a wide range of retailers from bespoke stores to Marks and Spencer’s from under £200.

    With Sainsbury’s now selling Medion's Akoya Mini E1210 netbook for £299.99 this may be the new Christmas bag dropper and I think the prices will come down by at least £50 by then as competition hots up.


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  • Steve Clayton

    An Azure Grab Bag



    I’m delighted to see Windows Azure on the BBC News Homepage today – hats off to my pal James Tutt and some fine work by Rory Cellan- Jones. They have one more trick up their sleeve I believe.

    As an avid BBC reader you will want to know more about Azure of course. Look no further



    Windows Azure Datasheet
    Windows® Azure™ is the cloud services operating system that serves as the development, service hosting, and service management environment for the Azure Services Platform. Windows Azure provides developers on-demand compute & storage to host, scale, and manage web applications and services on the internet in Microsoft data centers.


    Microsoft .NET Services Datasheet
    Microsoft® .NET Services are a set of Microsoft-hosted, highly scalable, developer-oriented services that provide key building blocks required by many cloud-based and cloud-aware applications. This datasheet gives you an in-depth overview of these services including workflow, access control, and service bus connectivity.


    Microsoft SQL Services Datasheet
    Microsoft® SQL Services delivers on Microsoft’s Data Platform vision of extending the SQL Server capabilities in the cloud as web-based services. SQL Services will deliver a rich set of integrated services that enable you to perform relational queries, search, reporting, analytics, integration and synchronize data with mobile users, remote offices and business partners. This datasheet provides details on how these services can help you with flexibility, scalability, and developer agility.


    Live Services Datasheet
    Live Services are a set of building blocks for handling user data and application resources. Live Services enable developers to build rich social applications and experiences, connect with over 460 million Windows Live users, and extend web applications across multiple devices.


    Interoperability with the Azure Services Platform – Java/Ruby SDK for .NET Services

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