UK Tech Days Event Review, Transitioning to the Cloud

steve ballmer on stageI spent the day at the latest UK Tech Day, a free event provided by Microsoft for IT Pros and Developers. This one was titled “Transitioning to the Cloud”. Wanting to get my head into the Cloud (and more specifically what it actually means) I took the trip down to see Steve Ballmer & Co at the London ICC

Covering Windows Azure, Windows 7 and the soon-to-be-released Windows Phone 7 and IE9, we’ll show you how multiple screens and a cloud will change the way you think about development

The event was aimed more at developers but there was still a lot of good info for IT Pros. I was hoping to do a bit of a live blog/twitter but due to no free wi-fi (shame on you Microsoft) I was stuck to taking a few notes an my netbook

Ballmer’s Keynote

Steve Ballmer discusses new opportunities for developers

Steve Ballmer took to the stage looking very well, if a little bit tired from his current European tour. He didn’t reveal much in the way of any upcoming secrets but he did give an honest and inspiring look at the future of Microsoft

He believes we are at a transition point in terms of software. Not only how it is developed but how it is being consumed. Microsoft learnt a lot from developing Bing about how Azure needs to work. They realised that one needs to build solutions with the cloud in mind from the get go. In fact, they are going through the process themselves transitioning, or, repurposing their own systems to live in the cloud (i.e. SharePoint).

Read more on Ballmer and about each of the sessions after the jump

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Google Chrome OS – What is it for and is it any good?

Brief Overview – What is Google Chrome OS (by Google)

I have just finished watching The 1hr20min video from Google Releasing the Chromium OS open source project. It’s all about making the development of the Google Chrome operating system open source to get as many people involved as possible (similar to many Linux variants). Interesting but ultimately dull announcement. However there are some great explanations as to what Google Chrome OS is and when to use it as well as a demo of how it looks at the moment. Follow the link above to watch Jeff Goldblum’s presentation, the interesting demo starts at ~15mins and runs for 10 mins.

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