If you watched the first keynote of PDC08, either at PDC or through the live stream, you have seen the first public unveiling of Windows Azure. In short, it’s our OS for the cloud.
A CTP of the Windows Azure SDK should be available shortly. In the mean time, you can get busy with the “Oslo” SDK that has been released already. Downloadable from the new “Oslo” Developer Center on MSDN.
Of course as a Microsoft employee I am biased about this new, but oh so familiar, platform. So don’t take my opinion, but that of Robert W. Anderson. He writes about Windows Azure:
It is the openness of this platform, the ability of developers to mix and match the different components, and to do it between the cloud and in-premises solutions that makes this such a winner.
This last point is an important one. Microsoft is in a unique position to help enterprise IT bridge to the cloud. While I don’t think Amazon and Google will cede that market to Microsoft, their current offerings aren’t a natural fit.
Taking this all together — not forgetting Microsoft’s leading developer productivity story — it looks like a home run to me.
We have created a new logo for the Microsoft .NET brand.
It will be used widely starting next week at PDC08 in Los Angeles. Expect lots of great announcements at this event.
For those attending PDC08, have fun, I am sure you will be amazed! For the not so fortunate who stay at home, the keynote sessions will be streamed live. All other sessions will be available as webcasts within 24 hours.
Since last week I have a new digital SLR camera: a 15 megapixel Canon EOS 50D. With it I took my first photo set with Photosynth in mind. I am very happy with the result: 98 photos that are 100% synthy (meaning that they all connect into one seamless 3D scene).
Of course, this synth is best experienced live because then it is fully navigable. You can move around using the mouse, cursor keys or keyboard shortcuts. Also try to zoom in. Fifteen megapixel pictures give you quite some leeway for zooming into details.
Have you created a nice synth? Leave the link as a comment so that I can check it out.