TechEd Day 1 : Keynote speech

As we were ushered in to an imposing auditorium It seemed the three DJs and VJ were entertaining a lonely, featured HP server rack on stage. 

Having a tiny special ‘Early Bird’ section down the front did seem a little pointless when I’d hazard a guess that well over 70% of delegates would’ve been signing up for the conference straight away.

The stage was very, well, orange. The black auditorium with its glossy black camouflage ceiling makes the whole place feel like we were about to get a paintball briefing rather than a Microsoft presentation. Loud percussive beats start about 10 minutes to go to fire up the spirits. It did start to work too.

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Having a Ballmer

“I would love to see all open source innovation happen on top of Windows”

Ballmer: All open source dev should happen on Windows | The Register

Obviously all that flapping up and down screaming “Developers, developers, developers, developers” (see after the break) has starved Steve Ballmer of critical oxygen supply to his brain of late.

He continued with his declaration that he will buy 20 web companies over the next five years. Wired reports a budget of between $50m and $1bn according to TheRegister.

“Those will be good acquisitions, and they’re important to us,” he said. “And they’re of strategic importance.”

Ballmer: I will buy 20 web companies a year | The Register
That just screams “Well you know we’ve got 10s of thousands of developers working for us, just a shame our culture isn’t providing the flexibility to allow them to come up with interesting new ideas, so we’ll just get other people’s ideas instead”.
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