With just a few days left to go with the early bird offer (which expires at the end of this week…) we’ve just had word about who the keynote speakers will be for TechEd Europe 2012… they are key strategic decision makers in the business.

Jason ZanderJason Zander, Corporate Vice President, Visual Studio.

Jason Zander is the corporate vice president of the Visual Studio Team in the Developer Division at Microsoft. Zander's responsibilities include the Visual Studio family of products, which covers a range of technologies: programming languages; JavaScript runtime and tools; integrated development environment and ecosystem; Microsoft Office, SharePoint and cloud tooling integration; source control and work item tracking; and advanced architecture, developer, and testing tools.

As one of the original developers of the Common Language Runtime (CLR), Zander's primary technical areas of contribution include file formats, metadata, compilers, debugging and profiling, and integration of the system into key platforms such as operating systems and databases. Before joining the Visual Studio Team, Zander was the general manager for the .NET Framework Team. He has worked on numerous products at Microsoft, including the first several releases of the CLR and .NET Framework, Silverlight, SourceSafe, and ODBC. Before joining Microsoft in 1992, Zander worked at IBM Corp. on distributed SQL and SQL/400 at the Rochester lab.

Brad AndersonBrad Anderson, Corporate Vice President, Management & Security Division

Brad Anderson is the corporate vice president of the Management and Security Division (MSD) at Microsoft. In that capacity, he leads a global team committed to helping organizations reduce their costs and drive their businesses forward with the MSD suite of products and services. These technologies include the System Center family of products, Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, Windows Update/Microsoft Update, management infrastructure components in Windows Client and Windows Server, and delivering Software + Services as Windows Intune.

Across all of the keynotes and sessions you can expect to hear the latest about Microsoft technology with tracks covering Windows Client, Windows Azure, Windows Phone, Windows Server, Architecture & Practices, Database & Business Intelligence, Office, Security & Identity, Developer Tools and more.

In addition, TechEd presents a unique opportunity to meet face-to-face with Microsoft experts, technology partners, and industry peers. We hope you’ll join us for this year’s festivities. Stay tuned for more session and content information in the coming weeks!

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