Greetings from New Orleans!  We are all pretty jazzed to be in this amazing city.  This year for Microsoft, we have exceeded our registration targets by over 60%.  That means that this week there will be over 10,500 guests, speakers and event staff in New Orleans for the largest IT Pro event on the calendar.

There are a significant number of Microsoft product group, Engineers, Subject Matter Experts, Field and Partners in 1 place to cover just about any MS product you can name.  There are over hundreds of sessions, and it all starts this weekend with pre conference training that many of us have arrived early to deliver.

On Monday, it all lights up with President Bob Muglia speaking at 9AM to the entire event in his keynote.  Bob will cover some significant product announcements, updates, and vision/ strategy about the Cloud  for you.

Following this, just before lunch, we would encourage you to attend the ‘Foundation’ sessions that are running.  These are 1 hour in length, and are delivered by Microsoft Leadership.  Of particular note, is the session many of our team are involved in, which is the Optimized Desktop session.  In this session Garth Fort, System Center GM will cover the Microsoft strategy for Windows 7 and the Optimized desktop.  We will present and demonstrate the capabilities to deliver a centrally managed, highly automated deployment solution, complete with application Compatibility, centralized reporting and more.

As well, we plan to speak heavily about the role Virtualization plays in the Optimized Desktop.  From Application to Application compatibility solutions such as App-V, to Desktop Virt areas like MEDV, Presentation virt and also VDI.  All will be demonstrated.  We have had a lot of' discussion talking about how to fit almost 40 minutes of demo into 1 hour! 

Once these are completed, we also want you to be aware of 2 Track keynotes.  Virtualization 360 is a session run by Dai Vu – our Director of Virtualization solutions.  This will also be a demo packed session, 75 minutes of great content and product demonstration highlights.

And then, just before we dive into deep sessions for the week, we have a highlight session. Ryan O’Hara, Sr Director for System Center, will deliver a demo jammed MGT203 - Microsoft System Center Roadmap and Strategy session.  This is always 1 of the most popular sessions of the week, where we will walk through the in market, near term, and futures for System Center and Forefront technologies.

We cannot wait to see everyone.  This event carries a huge amount of focus for us, and we hope that comes through in the passion and quality of content we will deliver for you. 

Thanks for joining us.

Kind regards

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Sr Technical Product Manager
System Center, Management Securities Division
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