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

October 19, 2007

Welcome to the 2008 Wave Partner Launch

Filed under: Uncategorized — stefangeorgescu @ 12:26 pm

[This is the first post for our brand new blog aimed at helping Aussie partners get ready for the 2008 Wave Launch of Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and the next version of Visual Studio. Who better to give us the first post than our server & tools business group director, Martin Gregory, who is overall responsible for the success of these awesome products, including the launch]

From Martin

“What a day..!  Today at Hamilton Island we talked with over 600 MS Partners on the 2008 WAVE Launch…

As I said on stage at the keynote this will be:

“The BIGGEST IT Pro and Developer Outreach in the History of the Company”

and then I said that I want this to be:

“the BEST ever through Partner, Community and Online launch”.

I had conversations all day after the keynote and in the sessions with different partners thinking through how they will talk to customers about the “perfect storm” and the opportunity:

  • Hardware Issues – 64 bit, Multi Core, Virtualisation, Power Consumption
  • IT Pro Challenge – 70% of time in break/fix/maintain loop and only 30% doing the kind of thinking and work they want to do to extend the business or enable new capabilities.

We talked through Windows Server 2008 in some detail and looked at the 4 pillars:  Solid Foundation, Security, Virtualisation and Next Generation Web.

We ran out of Beta 3 CDs by morning coffee break and will make sure that we get Beta 3 CDs to all partners who left a business card at the 2008 Server stand in the exhibition area to save the download.

I took a turn helping partners on the FACES booth in the exhibition during the day, helping Partners meet their customers online and be a part of the FACE of Windows Server 2008…

My link for the day today would be to the FACES web site  http://www.microsoft.com/servers/faces

My thought for the day would be Terminal Services – the new Terminal Services in Windows Server 2008 enables “presentation virtualisation” and delivers enhanced functionality and a much better user experience – for more, see http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/terminal-services/default.mspx

With Terminal Services you can:

  • Deploy applications that integrate with the user’s local desktop.
  • Provide access to centrally managed Windows desktops.
  • Enable remote access for existing “WAN-unfriendly” applications.
  • Secure applications and data within the data center—no need to worry about lost laptops.

More details on terminal services here…. http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/terminal-services/default.mspx

We will only succeed in our launch goals if we get the partner launch to rock – please subscribe to this blog as a important communication vehicle for you to stay informed on the launch wave. Here you will find all the main announcements and more detail – a one stop shop for launch wave information for partners in Australia.


Martin Gregory. Server and Tools, Business Group Director. Microsoft Australia.


1 Comment »

  1. I work in an agency that had the chance to chat with the Microsoft developers behind Windows Server 2008.

    Check out the vids http://www.youtube.com/microsoftdevelopers and meet some colourful characters….

    Comment by Adair Moar — November 16, 2007 @ 4:25 am | Reply

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