Heroes Happen Here Launch Event

Went to the Microsoft launch event in Ft. Lauderdale yesterday for Windows Server 2008, SQL 2008, and Visual Studio 2008. Overall the event was great…there was some good info about the products, even stuff I haven’t read about previously which was a big plus. Blain Barton gave his usual charismatic presentation and I have to give him credit because it was the first launch even I didn’t see anyone fall asleep at! There is a link to the slide deck from Blain’s web site as well as the quick link hand out provided.

The Partner session in the afternoon presented by JJ also had some great info on Windows SBS 2008 and Essential Server 2008. While most of the info has been out it was great to see some of the demos of the product to get a better idea of what it’s going to be. One thing that was clarified was the integration with Live services. Previously I was thinking this was going to be something tied in for users to have their docs stored on the Live services cloud and be able to access/share from there. Nothing like that it seems…it’s just the ability to choose to manage or register a new domain name while setting up the server. Granted this is a cool feature, especially for DIY’ers who don’t already have one…but don’t see this being anything big for partners already working with SBS.

Another topic that I found interesting at the partner event was why there is such a low adoption rate of Vista by partners. There were only a few real answers as to why people were not deploying Vista themselves or to their customers: Application compatibility, lack of drivers, slower performance. Here’s my opinion:

  • Application Compatibility: If you’re running an application that will just not run on Vista even using the compatibility options, then it’s time to look at two options. Is the vendor working on an update (or is there one available.) I understand there are business decisions where upgrading may not be an option due to financing/etc at the time but  you really need to consider the options if you’re still running an old 16-bit based DOS app. (And yes, I have one of those that we’re finally getting rid of this year!)
  • Lack of Drivers: Yell at your hardware vendors. They are the ones who aren’t releasing drivers…and it’s most likely a business decision on their part. If you want to upgrade to Vista but your relatively new HP Printer won’t work…guess you’ll buy another printer. More money for them. Yes it pisses off customers but it seems to be working because people aren’t blaming the vendors, they’re blaming Microsoft.
  • Slower Performance: Yes Vista runs slower than XP on equal hardware. But Vista is also doing a lot more than XP. Consider that there is the integrated search that is indexing your files in the background, the hard drive defrag, and of course the improved look and feel. Yes I’d love to see a speed boost to the performance but if you have current hardware, it runs just fine in my experience.

Thanks for reading all the way to the end. Now it’s off to play with Live Mesh as I finally got an invite to join.

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