Architecture + Strategy

Musings from David Chou - Architect, Microsoft

December, 2007

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    2008 Microsoft Worldwide Launch Event: February 27 2008



    You are one of the unsung heroes of technology. The work you do every day helps your company to be more competitive, and now Microsoft launches three powerful new products to make it even easier for you to be a hero every day.

    Three ways to be a hero.
    One event to launch them.

    See the applications in action. Attend break-out sessions and meet with product experts. Have Q&A sessions with development teams. And leave with a promotional kit that includes versions of the Windows Server® 2008 operating system, Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008, and Microsoft Visual Studio® 2008.

    Register for your launch event today.clip_image014

    Attend the launch event.
    Learn about the products.
    Take them home.

    Worldwide Launch Event Location and Date:

    Wednesday, February 27, 9:00am to 5:00pm

    Registration begins at 7:00 AM in front of the Nokia Theatre  

    Location and Directions:

    Nokia Theater

    777 Chick Hearn Ct.

    Los Angeles, CA 90015

    Los Angeles Convention Center

    1201 South Figueroa Street
    Los Angeles, California 90015

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    MIX08: March 5-7 2008 at Las Vegas


    March 5 - 7, 2008
    The Venetian
    Resort Hotel Casino
    Las Vegas, Nevada

    Now in its third year, MIX is an intimate opportunity for cutting-edge technical, creative and business strategists to engage Microsoft in a conversation about the future of the web. Come explore the latest wave of opportunities and help redefine the boundaries between: content and commerce, PC and TV, Windows and the Web.

    Keynote presentations from Steve Ballmer, Scott Guthrie, Guy Kawasaki and other distinguished speakers unveiling the latest web-oriented products and technologies.

    • A comprehensive program of sessions for designers, developers and business strategists led by industry experts.
    • Hands-on labs and workshops for developers and designers.
    • A chance to connect with experts on a wide range of topics for one-on-one guidance and inspiration.
    • An opportunity to network with executives from Microsoft and some of the world’s largest web sites and interactive agencies. 

    Register before January 15, 2008 for a $200 discount
    (After 01/15/2008) Full Conference Registration - $1295 USD

    To register:

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    The Microsoft Certified Architect Program


    My colleague Joe Shirey just put together a series of eight posts that cover the process of the Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) program and “what would I tell someone interested in the program”.

    Joe is one of the board members of the MCA program that has helped to shape it since its inception. He offers many insights to people who may be interested in pursuing certification in this prestigious program.

    Check out his blog posts:

    · Intro

    · Why do you want to get the MCA?

    · Preparing the documentation

    · Putting together your presentation

    · What else can you do to prepare for the board?

    · The competencies

    · Going in front of the board

    · What to do with your results

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    I’m excited to let you know that Microsoft will hold the next Professional Developers Conference (PDC) October 27-30, 2008 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. More information on registration will be available shortly.  For now, please save the date!     

    The PDC is the definitive Microsoft event for software developers and architects. PDC participants will have the opportunity to hear from executives about the latest platform advancements, and engage in in-depth discussions around upcoming technologies and the future direction of the Microsoft platform.

    I will to share more information with you as the event gets closer.  Please also check out the PDC Website -- -- for updates.

    I hope you will be able to join us at the PDC!

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    2007.12.04 MSDN PowerSeries Event in Irvine, CA


    I had the opportunity to present at the MSDN PowerSeries event in Irvine, on Software + Services, Windows Live Platform, and the Office Platform. It was a tough act to follow after Lynn Langit's morning session, but the audience was great and allowed me to talk about these topics at an architecture level and not providing implementation-level details.

    For those who attended the event - thank you again for your time at the event and the feedback you've provided; both positive and otherwise. Here are the presentations:


    Software + Services Overview

    Windows Live Platform Overview

    Office Platform Overview


    The presentation decks have also been uploaded to my Windows Live Skydrive in PowerPoint 2007 (PPTX) format. If you don't have Office 2007, you can download the free PowerPoint Viewer 2007. Here are the direct links to the presentation slide decks in PowerPoint 2007 (PPTX) format:

    Software + Services
    Windows Live Platform
    Office as a Platform


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