Steve Ballmer presented a lengthy keynote and partner session at the
Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Minneapolis. Below is the complete
transcript of the session.
It is my honor, privilege, excitement, to be here with you today. For all the
things I do -- and many of you have had a chance to hear this many times as I
travel the world -- but everything I get to do working for Microsoft, there's
one thing that's most energizing for me -- one thing, one thing -- meeting
with our partners. And you say, this guy gives this line to every audience he
meets with. Nooo.
What's special about this group? What gets me particularly pumped up? What is
particularly exciting? Our partners are a unique blend, you are, of two
elements. Number one, you've made a bet on us. You believe in us, you want us
to win, you need us to win. You're kind of like employees... (more)
"Ray and his team are true innovators," said Bill Gates yesterday as
Microsoft announced that it's acquiring Ray Ozzie's company, Groove Networks,
Inc. "Microsoft and its customers will greatly benefit from their
experience," Gates continued. "After working with Ray for years as a close
partner, it will be great to have him on our senior leadership team."
Ozzie's Groove Networks is a leading provider of collaboration software for
the "virtual office," so the deal unites two top innovators of technology
that help geographically distributed workgroups be as productive as those
Calling it "an alignment for future innovation and growth," Microsoft has
announced a long-anticipated reorganization – including strengthening
the role of CTO Ray Ozzie (pictured) – intended to enable the company
to compete more effectively with Google and Yahoo!, which have taken the lead
in the world of Internet search and usage and which thereby threaten
Redmond's long dominance on the desktop and within certain parts of
Microsoft's previous seven divisions have been simplified into a
three-divisions structure: The Microsoft Platform Products & Serv... (more)
According to the latest monthly figures from the UK Internet services company
Netcraft, there has been a 224% increase in the past year in the number of IP
addresses with sites using ASP.NET. In comparison, the number of IP addresses
using JSP and Java Servlets grew by only 56%.
ASP.NET is thus emerging as a strong challenger to ColdFusion, which
nonetheless remains in the No.1 slot.
In the Fortune 1000, Netcraft found that 83 companies use ASP.NET on one or
more of their sites.
It found that Tenet Healthcare, for example, has at least 88 sites which
utilize ASP.NET. And other la... (more)
In SYS-CON's annual round-up of technology predictions, Joshua Allen, a
Microsoft Senior Evangelist, issues a worrisome warning: 'Disparity between
bandwidth haves and have-nots will grow. Net neutrality will take an even
worse beating in 2008 than 2007.'
Allen's predictions come in the end-of-year SYS-CON.com feature "Where's
AJAX, SOA and Virtualization Headed in 2008?" - which also includes
predictions from: Tim Bray, Sun; Dr Adam Kolawa, Parasoft; Eric Newcomer,
IONA Technologies; Bill Roth, BEA Systems; Brad Abrams, Microsoft; Kevin
Hoffman, iPhone Developer's Journal; Ian T... (more)