Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Microsoft WPC 2012 - Day 2

Today, we found out about many new Microsoft programs and technology features. This continues the theme Microsoft has set for this year’s WPC - A New Era. Together. Microsoft explained the capabilities of virtual machine for Windows Azure, a program designed to help customers transition from the VMWare infrastructure to Microsoft. Microsoft talked about why it believed MS Dynamics to be a true game changer for ERP, and new Windows Phone 8 capabilities and features.

Notable announcements:

Windows Server / Azure: Microsoft announced a new Community Technology Preview (CTP) of new technologies that enable hosting service providers to use their Windows Server data centers to deliver the same great web site and virtual machine capabilities recently announced for Windows Azure.

Switch to Hyper-V Program: A new program to help customers transition from VMware infrastructure to Microsoft has been announced. The “Switch to Hyper-V” Program provides partners with guidance, training and software tools, including the Virtual Machine Migration Toolkit, to more seamlessly migrate virtual machines to Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center.

Microsoft Dynamics: Microsoft revealed that several new independent software vendors are choosing Microsoft Dynamics or extending their solutions across Microsoft Dynamics platform.

Windows Phone: Microsoft revealed the new hardware capabilities coming to Windows Phone 8 and the features Windows Phone 8 will deliver through integration with Windows 8. They talked about the new apps which will Microsoft will be releasing for Windows Phone 8.

What’s Your Cause Challenge: Microsoft has launched a new challenge, where they will be giving out software donations. MS wants to know: What’s your cause? Between July 10 and August 31, 2012 Microsoft Partners are challenged to nominate 500 eligible non-profits serving youth in their communities to receive a software donation from Microsoft. More information here

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