TechEd 2004: Its All About the Service Packs
The Microsoft brass will be on tap to talk up the benefits of "integrated innovation" (whether or not they actually use the companys favorite catch phrase). For example, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer as well as Server and Tools Corporate VP Andy Lees are expected to focus their keynotes on how the growing amount of integration across the Windows Server System (as well as other Microsoft products) can help developers and customers cut costs and improve productivity.
Microsoft officials declined to comment on new product and strategy announcements that the Redmond software vendor is planningother than acknowledging it will launch officially its Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004 firewall product at the show.
However, other expected announcements, according to sources close to the company, include:
Although some had expected Microsoft to use the show as a launch pad for Release Candidate 2 (RC2) of its Windows XP Service Pack 2 release, its not for certain that the company will be ready to roll out the final RC2 bits during the week-long conference.