Whilst I'm not there this year, many of my Microsoft colleagues are in Orlando at this year's Educause conference.  So sadly I'm missing out on meeting up with my colleagues who I rarely see, accompanying customers to various conference sessions, the lively conference atmosphere and all the announcements that this conference usually delivers.  For news and highlights use the following graphic on their website which has logos from Office 2007.

For those attending and also for those like me not attending details of the sessions are here:

http://www.microsoft.com/education/events/educause2008.mspx

In particular, Anthony Salcito's keynote session on  The next generation of computing: Software + Services Thursday Oct. 30 at 8:10 – 9:00 AM in room W223 is something I would love to have seen.  I'm certain this will be a great blend of the announcements being made at Microsoft's PDC this week particularly around Windows Azure.  This session will also focus on the Office Web applications and a specific mention of several universities that are already seeing gains from using live@edu and other services in the cloud.

I'm actually on holiday at the moment so shouldn't be writing this but I'm really very keen to learn more about Windows Azure and its potential for Higher Education.  I'm hopeful that at next week's TechED conference in Barcelona I'll be able to learn a whole load more.