Ozzie's 'Clouds and Devices' Memo Coincides with PDC10 Agenda
Last week came news of Ray Ozzie's departure. This week Microsoft employees received his parting thoughts (or shots depending on your interpretation) in the form of a Dawn of a New Day memo
. The title is based on the theme of the 1939 World's Fair.
Likened by some to Jerry Maguire's Sports Management International career-ending mission statement and cited by others as a catalyst for further downgrades by analysts, Ozzie's parting thoughts outline a future enabled by cloud-based continuous services and appliance-like connected devices. Surprisingly, this view is basically inline with the forward-looking sessions at the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference this week. (If you look at the date of the memo, it coincides with the date of the first PDC10 keynote, October 28th.)
PDC10 offers a Clients & Devices track that focuses largely on Windows Phone 7 development with some IE9 thrown in. One session is devoted to building Windows Phone 7 apps with the Windows Azure Platform. Another session focuses on upcoming Visual Studio features that will let you share code between Silverlight desktops, Windows Phone and the cloud.
A second track is all about Cloud Services. Sessions cover almost every aspect of Microsoft's cloud from migrating apps to Windows Azure, on-premise and cloud solutions, working with SQL Azure and Sync Framework to SharePoint Online and PHP and Java development.
The Framework and Tools track includes a wide range of Web and cloud technologies, OData, Dallas, LINQ and other language updates. It kicks off on Thursday right after the keynote with a session by Anders Hejlsberg that looks at the roadmaps for C# and Visual Basic.
If you look at the PDC10 agenda, it looks like Microsoft's message to developers isn't that far off from Ozzie's. Maybe the keynotes by Steve Ballmer and Bob Muglia will paint a different picture, but I doubt it.
Some people see Ozzie's "Post-PC" memo as a call to think beyond the Windows operating system, but I see it as a call to think beyond traditional software that is primarily installed on traditional hardware. Windows at this point is much more than a client/server operating system. It is the company's flagship brand, which underscores Microsoft's cloud, phone and media strategy.
Matt Rosoff, the former Directions on Microsoft analyst, offers his "interpretation" of some of the key sections of the memo in his Silicon Valley Insider column.
Check out the PDC10 session schedule. You can see live streams of all the sessions as they are happening for free. The conference is taking place Oct. 28-29, and it is being held for the first time at the Microsoft Visitor's Center in Seattle.
What's your interpretation of Ozzie's Dawn of a New Day memo? Is PDC10 an indication that Microsoft is headed in the right direction? What PDC10 sessions and roadmaps are you most excited about? Express your thoughts below or drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by Kathleen Richards on 10/26/2010 at 12:54 PM