Day one of the conference began with Bills keynote that spoke to several topics with the overall themes being hardware advancement, network reach, cheaper and design having major impacts on technology usage and adoption. During the keynote, the Last Day video was played to provide us a humorous break between presentations.

Microsoft made some announcements as well, the main one being the Hosted Services for Exchange, SharePoint and OCS aimed at companies 5000 or less in size.

The customer presentation was done by General Mills and showcased their work with SharePoint and Silverlite – The eye candy and usability was very interesting. I spoke with them afterwards and it took them two months to develop the demo. Overall the technology has great potential but needs some work.

The breakout sessions I chose were come Monday were a diversion from what I originally planned:

  • Build Interactive User Experiences with the Silverlight Blueprint for SharePoint – Patrick Tisseghem of U2U. He highlighted the blueprintfor Silverlite and SharePoint integration – some great examples – Rated A.
  • AD FS and AD LDS – covered SharePoint and AD integration scenarios – Rated C+. The rule of thumb, AD for Intranet and ADAM (LDS) for Extranet and you can use the providers within MOSS and WSS.
  • SharePoint Backup – STSADM backup – Rated D. Structure the presentation, the why, how and obstacles to plan for. If you serious about being able to restore look at Avepoint or Quest.
  • SharePoint Restore – STSADM restore – Rated D. Same as above.

At the end of the day we attended the Window IT Pro event at Gordon Biersch restaurant downtown Seattle. After that event Microsoft (Thanks Mark!) treated us to a dinner at the Pink Door (Italian) for a great meal and the lady doing the acrobatics was a novelty.

Check out the my SharePoint Conference Pictures – I’m updating them each day.