Extracted from the original post “I first attended a Microsoft Conference in Las Vegas 2 years ago. It was the launch of Office 14 and Steve Ballmer bounded out onto the stage to lots of whoops and hollers. That particular keynote was all about the whizz and bang that Office 14 was brining to the party.
This years keynote didn’t start with quite as much pomp and circumstance, After all, Office 14 is now a mature product with over 18 months release time under it’s belt and i think that Jared Spataro was going to have a hard time getting anywhere near the reaction from the crowd that Steve Ballmer did 2 years ago.
He did come out with some great information, especially some nice looking info graphics around the chosen theme of Productivity Delivered.
One interesting point for me is that SharePoint has now shipped over 125,000,00 licenses to over 65000 companies around the world. if SharePoint was a standalone software company, that would place it in the top 50 software companies in the world.
The social side of the conference got a good mention, especially the phenomenon known as SharePint. An interesting X Factor style audition video featuring some well known actors such a Luke Perry and Carmen Electra added a light note of humour to the event.
Jared was followed by Jeff Teper, the Corporate vice president for the SharePoint product group to talk more about where the product team was focussing it’s attention at the present and the future. A short touch on vNext said we can expect it to grow on the good work done in 2010, but that no more details would be released this week!”
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