Day one of the summit was excellent. I had the opportunity to meet with new people and catch up with people I hadn’t spoken with since TechED and the SharePoint summit in Bellevue.
Having the summit at the Microsoft campus is a great idea, I really enjoyed the facilities and meeting some of the Microsoft staff – who made us feel at home. Their technology center is really cool and the employee store is full of great toys – great Christmas shopping.
Most of the day covered the new technologies from Microsoft such as Exchange, Vista and MOSS. For the most part it was like "drinking through a firehouse". What stood out was the amount of investment Microsoft has made in their products – Vista, Exchange to name a few. The Vista interface looks incredible – what a difference compared to XP. In addition Exchange and the unified messaging story which we’ll hear more of Tuesday.