{ ready.for.take.off.here} Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 & SQL Server 2008 Launch Wave

October 18, 2007

Getting Ready for Kick Off for the Unified Communications Launch Event

Filed under: Uncategorized — stefangeorgescu @ 1:58 pm

I am here at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium right across the street from the San Francisco City Hall.  This location, which has a eclectic history of once being the home of the NBA’s San Francisco Warriors, the site of the 1920 Democratic National Convention, and numerous concerts by artists such as the Grateful Dead, Elvis Presley, Snoop Dogg, and others, will be the site tomorrow of Microsoft’s launch of the next generation of unified communications products and services. Everyone tells me it’s going to rain, so the huge white tent in front of the building will make for a great welcome to guests.

Event preparations have been underway all weekend.  The setup crews have been working hard to ensure everything is ready for the arrival of thousands of attendees.  The session speakers have been diligently rehearsing their material, and we wrapped up the night with Bill Gates and Jeff Raikes running through their material. They look like they’ve done it a few times before and are ready to get things going in style J It’s strange to think this might be the last time Jeff and Bill present together like this before Bill retires next summer. Most of the team is now at a reception for our partners, who share the stage with us tomorrow in so many ways and are a huge part of the story.

This event is the culmination of well over a year’s work at Microsoft. Back in June 2006, we first put a stake in the ground by announcing that Microsoft would be betting in a big way on unified communications. Since then we have developed, tested and deployed products in over a hundred customer accounts, we have lined up a fantastic partner ecosystem and we have ignited the thought leadership and energy in the industry. Tomorrows event is the culmination of all that. Office Communications Server 2007, Office Communicator 2007, Exchange Server 2007 SP1, Office Live Meeting, and RoundTable will be showcased to the world.

You can already sense a high level of excitement and anticipation, especially for the keynote.  Tomorrow morning at 9:15 AM Pacific Time, Bill Gates and Jeff Raikes will deliver a joint keynote address to thousands of onsite attendees along with viewers around the globe via simulcast.

Everything is looking good to go. If you are fortunate enough to attend, you are in for a treat.  If not, I would highly recommend watching the simulcast.

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