I had an idea following the recent regional partner events to publish information on my presentation in a slightly different way.  I know I can talk at a fast pace when there is so much information I wish to share and my passion for technology exudes ( I think the scientific term for this is 'high verbalocity' - high speed verbal delivery) and I know this perhaps means that it is difficult to make notes on everything that is presented.  So I thought I would make some notes on my own presentation and share them.  So here it goes...

**PLEASE NOTE:  I'd appreciate any comments or feedback on this approach **

.: Introduction :.

Before the events I had been asked if I could provide an update on the technologies that matter to our partners success today, tomorrow and in the future.  The timing for the events was critical as we were in the midst of making many public announcements at various global events about our next generation technologies that had previously been code names internally.  (some are still code names, but at least they are public now).

.: Presentation notes :.

To set the scene I initially talked about how we are entering what is being called the '5th Generation of Computing'.  We have been talking about evolving through the 70's, 80's and 90's technology eras ranging from monolithic to Client-Server through to Web enabled computing.  Today we see many examples of where software is designed and delivered using service oriented architecture (SOA) to improve agility and integration.  The question asked is 'What's next?'.  Many, including Microsoft, believe we are entering into an era where computing evolves to where itself becomes a service powered by and complimented with software. (slide 1)

Microsoft is looking at how to provide the best user experience across the desktop, web and mobile devices that connect and interact with software services.  Early visibility of this becoming a reality can be seen in the announcements made about Windows 7 (pre beta released to PDC and WinHEC attendees) and Internet Explorer 8 (available as a public beta).  Don't worry we haven't been sitting back when it comes to mobile devices.  Future versions of Windows Mobile will continue the theme of 'best user experience'. (slide 2)

So the vision is very much to provide the best user experience through platform advances.  This will open up new areas for customers to use Microsoft technologies to deliver real business value and innovation by working with our partners.  Key areas of focus are Virtualisation (including Management - System Center Suite), Software+Service (online, hosted and on-premise), Collaboration (this includes information processes and business intelligence) and Unified Communications (email, voice, presence, instant messaging and web conferencing).  (slide 3)

.: Resources :.

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Service Oriented Architecture with Microsoft

Early Windows 7 information

Software + Services

Virtualisation from Microsoft

System Center Management Suite

Business Intelligence Solutions

Unified Communications