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June 12, 2006

Microsoft’s TechEd 2006 kicks off with a yawn

Posted by David Hunter at 8:28 PM ET.

I watched the Webcast of yesterday’s TechEd 2006 keynote and offer the modest suggestion that it would be rather better for Microsoft to take it easy on the soporific “People-Ready Business vision” marketing boilerplate and cut to the technical content. To that end, here’s the raw meat:

Security (more details here)

- Antigen e-mail security products announced last week

- Internet Security & Acceleration Server 2006 launched

- Microsoft Forefront announced as new brand for enterprise security products including the next generation of Antigen products. “The Forefront line will include Forefront Client Security (formerly called Microsoft Client Protection), a solution delivering unified malware protection for business desktops, laptops and server operating systems. An early beta version has been made available to select customers, and a public beta is planned for the fourth quarter of 2006.”

Microsoft Application Platform

- A Community Technology Preview (CTP) of the forthcoming SQL Server Everywhere client database was announced – download it here.

- Community Technology Preview of Visual Studio® Team Edition for Database Professionals announced – download it here.

- BizTalk® Server 2006 R2 was revealed last week and there was also mention of a “BizTalk Adapter Pack, a set of application adapters to enable customers to surface line-of-business data directly into familiar interfaces such as Microsoft Office or any client using Web services”.

Exchange (more details here)

- Exchange Server 2007 Beta 2 Announced – available for testing by the end of July

- “Microsoft also disclosed new mobile features and functionality in Exchange Server 2007, including support for search on a device, improved meeting request handling, support for HTML e-mail, message flagging and self-service remote device wipe. The upcoming availability of Exchange Server 2007 Beta 2 is a key step forward to general availability for late 2006 or early 2007.”

Compute Cluster

- Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 released last week

System Center Operations Manager

- Beta of System Center Operations Manager 2007 now publicly available here.

Microsoft Dynamics AX (formerly Axapta)

- Microsoft Dynamics™ AX version 4.0 launched – details here

There’s likely more to come, but it’s certainly a mixed bag of products.



Filed under Antigen, Axapta, BizTalk, Client Protection, Compute Cluster, Conferences, Dynamics, Exchange, Forefront, General Business, ISA Server, MBS, Marketing, Microsoft, OS - Server, Operations Manager, SQL Server, Servers, Team System, TechEd06, Tools

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2 Responses to “Microsoft’s TechEd 2006 kicks off with a yawn”

  1. New betas of Exchange 2007 and Forefront Security for Exchange from Microsoft -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Exchange Server 2007 beta 2 is available for download here, and Forefront Security for Exchange Server beta can be downloaded here. … General availability for Exchange Server 2007 and Forefront Security for Exchange Server is scheduled for late 2006 or early 2007. Both products will be available through Microsoft’s Volume Licensing program and worldwide partner channel. Forefront Security for Exchange Server will be available as a stand-alone product or as part of the Exchange Enterprise Client Access License package. The Microsoft home pages for Exchange Server 2007 and Forefront Security for Exchange Server have more information on the products themselves, but recall that Exchange 2007 will be x64 (i.e. 64-bit) only although like with beta 1, there’s a 32-bit version of beta 2 for “feature evaluation”. Also recall that Forefront is the new branding for Microsoft enterprise security products which in this case is being applied to what was an Antigen product acquired from Sybari. Filed under Servers, Exchange, Beta and CTP, Antigen, Microsoft, Forefront   [Permalink] [...]

  2. Microsoft legal news, Forefront, pirates, Kroes says “Argh!” -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Microsoft’s new Forefront branding was announced back in June. I’ll refrain from attempting to explain trademark law and merely observe that there’s a good reason why all the Web 2.0 start-ups have “made up words” as names. Maybe Microsoft should have tried a brand like “Forfro.” [...]

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