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VSLive! NY: That's a Wrap

RDN editors Jeffrey Schwartz and Kathleen Richards were in New York City for the VSLive! New York conference this week and came away impressed with the amount of activity and forward-looking presentations at the 15-year-old confab.

In fact, VSLive! seemed to officially kick off the run-up to Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference (PDC), slated for the last week of October. For instance, VSLive! featured a number of presentations germane to Microsoft's Oslo software modeling and enterprise repository project. Oslo is widely expected to play center stage at PDC next month. You can read more about Oslo and Microsoft's modeling efforts here.

Brian Randell, a senior consultant at MCW Technologies and panelist at VSLive!, said Microsoft seeks to broaden programming to a much wider audience with Oslo. "The idea behind this is they want to make building complex systems easier, and there the big word is modeling," Randell said.

Rockford Lhotka, principal technology evangelist at Magenic Technologies, warns developers not to expect too much too soon. "It's important to realize that this whole Oslo initiative is an umbrella term that's talking essentially about a 10-year vision."

Another highlight of VSLive! was Microsoft's aggressive push in the area of Software plus Services (S+S) and cloud computing. As Kathleen reported yesterday, Microsoft is pulling together a robust story around the S+S concept even as it forges a continuum between hosted apps, custom line of business apps and Web services.

Also highlighted at VSLive! were a few things Microsoft is unlikely to showcase at PDC. Among them, the large uptake among attending .NET developers of the new Google Chrome browser. By all accounts, Chrome looks like a very credible competitor to Internet Explorer 8. And its innovative use of JavaScript and tight links to Google Gears (which is embedded) could make it a formidable platform player down the road.

Perhaps Paul Cosgrave's show-opening keynote set the tone. As commissioner of New York City's Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT), Cosgrave said he has seen growing activity around both Microsoft .NET- and open source-based solutions. Microsoft's platform efforts are broader and more ambitious than ever, yet the choices in front of dev managers seem to be multiplying rather than narrowing.

What do you think of Microsoft's broad efforts to drive its S+S strategy and what must it do to fend off Google's latest offensive? E-mail me at [email protected].

Posted by Michael Desmond on 09/11/2008

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