VLE

I've just noticed that George has blogged about this, so I thought I'd give it a mention too.

Watch the launch of Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008 from your living room

In addition to the launch event on 19th March in Birmingham, for the first time ever in the UK, we are also pleased to announce the “Virtual Launch Experience”. This gives you the opportunity to watch the Steve Ballmer keynote, view over 15 breakout sessions, visit Microsoft product and community stands, as well as sponsors stands. Along the way you can collect collateral for your virtual backpack, take advantage of the show promotions or have a leisurely browse. Remember when you are on the Virtual Launch Experience to enter the competition as there will be 1000 winners who will each receive a promotional product pack

For anyone who couldn't make the 2008 Wave Launch up in Birmingham on the 19th March, this is a great opportunity to access all the information, sessions etc, in a really cool way.  In the VLE, you'll find:

  • Keynote address by Steve Ballmer
  • An interactive 3D Silverlight event guide
  • Microsoft product and sponsor booths, rich with videos, presentations, brochures, and special offers
  • Community exhibitors that allow you to connect with the companies and groups
  • Breakout sessions for deep diving into the 2008 Launch Wave technologies
  • A virtual backpack to store and download exhibitor content
  • A unified event interface to effortlessly navigate your virtual experience

Best of all, it's a rich Internet application, designed and built with Visual Studio 2008 and Expression Studio, hosted on Windows Server 2008 accessing SQL Server 2008, and presented in Microsoft Silverlight.  Cool!

To get to the Virtual Launch Experience go to www.microsoft.com/virtualevents/uk