Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Microsoft WPC 2012: What happened on day one?

Firebrand is attending the WPC 2012, being held in Toronto, Canada from 9 July to 13 July. 

Firebrand is there to get all the information on the new technologies and competencies Microsoft is launching, and help professionals plan their certifications for next year.
Steve Ballmer began his keynote by saying “It’s not just talk. It’s real. It’s happening. It’s here.” Over 16,000 attendees from over 156 countries joined Firebrand to hear what Microsoft has in store for us the following year, in the largest Worldwide Partner Conference, to date.

The CEO explained how Microsoft’s ready for a New Era and how we partners are at the core of this story. He believes ‘this year is for all of us’.

Kurt DelBene talked about Office 365 open, while Tami Reller explained the progress on Windows 8 and how it helps evolve a user’s experience.

Some of the notable announcements of the day were:

Office 365 Open: Microsoft has designed a new way for partners to provide Office 365 Open through a pre-paid offer which enables us to deliver packaged services with a single invoice and manage the customer relationship.

Office 365 Advisor Program: From an immediate basis, changes to the program let the most active partners sell and earn more from Office 365.

Windows 8 RTM/GA: Windows 8 is set for release to manufacturers (RTM) during the first week of August, and for general availability (GA) at the end of October. Enterprise customers can get Windows 8 as early as August, and the product will be available in 109 languages in 231 markets.

Office 2010 / Windows 7 momentum: There are now 1 billion people using Office worldwide, and licenses for Windows 7 have reached 630 million worldwide.

Microsoft acquires Perceptive Pixel: “The acquisition of PPI allows us to draw on our complementary strengths, and we’re excited to accelerate this market evolution,” said Kurt DelBene, president, Office Division for Microsoft. “PPI’s large touch displays, when combined with hardware from our OEMs, will become powerful Windows 8-based PCs and open new possibilities for productivity and collaboration.”

To watch a live stream of WPC, or to catch up on the day’s talks, visit: DigitalWPC