Largest enterprise launch in company history includes Windows Server 2008, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and Microsoft Visual Studio 2008; focuses on security, Web, virtualization and better business intelligence.

 

Kicking off more than 225 events around the world and joined by more than 4,000 customers and partners, Microsoft Corp.’s Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer today showcased the next generation of infrastructure and application platform products, including Windows Server 2008, Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008.

 

The launch represents a major milestone to help customers on the road to Dynamic IT, Microsoft’s initiative to help customers optimize their people, processes and technology, and in turn position IT as a strategic asset for their business. These new enterprise products help customers more efficiently and securely manage their entire infrastructure and move to a virtualized environment while also delivering business intelligence and next-generation Web experiences to boost business results. The theme of the events, “Heroes Happen Here,” highlights the outstanding work that IT professionals, developers and partners do every day to create solutions and cutting-edge applications that keep global commerce and industry running.

 

“IT professionals and developers tell us they spend too much time and money managing existing systems and not enough investing in new capabilities that create strategic advantage,” Ballmer said. “That feedback is at the core of the innovations in this new wave of products. Already, the overwhelming response from thousands of IT professionals and developers around the world is that this is the most secure enterprise platform we have ever delivered, and that it will simplify management and enable them to focus more on driving their businesses forward.”

 

For the full press release, please click here:

http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/press/2008/feb08/02-27HeroesHappenHerePR.mspx

 

LINKS

Heroes Happen Here

Virtual Pressroom  

Register for the Virtual Launch Experience

 

 

BLOGS

For more on these announcements, please visit these blogs:

 

http://blogs.technet.com/windowsserver/ 

http://blogs.msdn.com/stevemar/default.aspx

http://blogs.msdn.com/applicationplatform/

http://blogs.technet.com/mapblog/

http://blogs.technet.com/dataplatforminsider/

http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/

http://blogs.msdn.com/somasegar/

http://blogs.msdn.com/trika/default.aspx

 

 

VIDEOS

 

 

Watch the keynote

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announces the launch of Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008 with 4,000 customers and partners in Los Angeles.

 

Industry Luminary Panel

IDC's Al Gillen talks with executives from leading technology companies to discuss some of the innovations and challenges that will shape enterprise datacenters in the coming years. The members of the panel include: Al Gillen, Research Vice President, IDC; Randy Allen, Corporate Vice President Server and Workstation Division, AMD; Dr. Ajei Gopal, Executive Vice President, Enterprise IT Management Group, CA; Rick Becker, Vice President, Enterprise Software & Solutions, Dell; James Mouton, Executive Vice President, Technology Solutions Group, HP; Kirk Skaugen, Vice President, Server Platform Group, Intel; Bob Muglia, Senior Vice President, Server and Tools Business (STB), Microsoft; Mark Feverston, Senior Vice President and GM, Systems and Technology, Unisys.

 

Q&A: Steve Ballmer Talks with IDC's Al Gillen

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talks with Al Gillen, system software research VP at IDC, about what the launch means for business customers and industry partners.

 

San Diego Zoo Customer Case Study

Find out how the San Diego Zoo is using Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008 to create the best possible experience for its nearly 6 million yearly visitors.

 

Training Aims to Help IT Pros Become Heroes

Chris Pirie, General Manager of Sales and Marketing for Microsoft Learning, talks with Michael Johnson, a Microsoft Certified Trainer about how early readiness for Windows Server 2008 has directly impacted his business and enables IT professionals to immediately adopt and deploy the new technology. 

 

Hear about the First Customer to Deploy Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, and Visual Studio 2008

Jim DuBois, General Manager of Information Security & Infrastructure Services for Microsoft IT, highlights the internal Microsoft deployment of Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008.