Microsoft TechEd Europe 2013 conference was held the last week of June in Madrid, Spain. As usual, Microsoft published online the entire content of the sessions. This is a lot of free materials!
Considering an average of 1.5 hours per session, it would require almost 4 working months to watch all of the sessions.
Even an avid learner like me, needs to give up on such idea. That’s why I think that downloading all the sessions in advance is usually a crazy idea.
In the past, I watched only few sessions and I simply ignored all the others. The problem with that option is that you might easily miss some important news.
This year, I decided to follow a different approach. I decided to fully watch only the keynotes and to read the slides of all the other sessions. The goal is obviously to learn all the latest news from Microsoft without missing anything. Following this approach, allows me to identify topics I didn’t consider and that might be of interest. In addition, nobody stops me to watch a particular session in full later if I need to understand more deeply a subject I am particular interested.
I spent almost 18 hours to do this and in this post I would like to summarize the conference showing the slides that I liked the most.
Statistics and Trends
This slide include really impressive information about the amount of data that is transferred on the Internet every minute. This is astonishing and it is growing incredibly fast.
Cloud computing is the answer and hybrid cloud computing looks like the most favourite trend.
In addition, mobile malware is increasing in particular in the Android world. Security is surely a big and important topic.
Windows XP is still incredibly popular and share a similar slice of the client OSs with Windows 7. Windows 8 instead is still quite irrelevant. Hopefully the future release Windows 8.1 will get more traction thanks to the reintroduction of the start button of the ability to further customize the desktop. As a consequence of this, there are still a lot of VB6 applications in production.
Microsoft is clearly investing a lot in building a complete cloud infrastructure.
Microsoft and Citrix
Microsoft is the lead for desktops and Citrix is the lead of Desktop Virtualization. As a Citrix employee, I am quite interested in the relationship between these two companies, and in this edition of TechEd there were many sessions mentioning Citrix products.
First of all, it was quite interesting to read about the interconnected history of the two companies.
SQL Server 2014
Windows Server 2012 R2
I simply love the ability to create virtual networks. Thanks to the new Windows Azure Active Directory will be easier then ever to create a private virtual network that spans across Azure and the corporate network. This is a significant step forward for my point of view!
The new MSDN benefits for Windows Azure are incredible. In particular, I like:
- No charge for Stopped VMs
- Pay by the Minute Billing
- Heavily Discounted MSDN Dev/Test Rates
- MSDN Monetary Credits