Windows & Interoperability: Microsoft TechEd 2011: All About the Cloud, Devices

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2011-05-18 Print this article Print
Setting the Stage

Setting the Stage

Microsoft officials get ready for the TechEd 2011 keynote.
Microsoft demonstrated new capabilities for managing and developing applications for the cloud and devices. Microsoft Corporate Vice President Robert Wahbe, who kicked off the keynote address for the event, said the talk would focus on the cloud and devices, and how Microsoft applications and platforms work across the cloud and the myriad devices cropping up for use by consumers and businesses. Wahbe split the keynote responsibilities with Jason Zander, corporate vice president for the Visual Studio team in the Developer Division at Microsoft. Zander talked about new features in Visual Studio to support the overall ALM (application lifecycle management) process. Zander also set out to show how developers could use Microsoft's Visual Studio tools to build apps for the public and private cloud as well as for devices that leverage the strength of Microsoft's management tools for operations. Moreover, with organizations facing increased pressure to build, deliver and run applications across a variety of devices and deployment scenarios, Zander announced Microsoft's vision for ALM in the next version of Visual Studio, which he referred to as Visual Studio vNext. With Visual Studio vNext, Zander said, "We want to pull in even more people, from stakeholders to operations staff. Though Microsoft has not acknowledged whether the next version of Visual Studio will be officially known and vNext or Visual Studio 2012, ALM clearly will play a bigger part in the next release.
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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