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LEAP Sweden - Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

I am back home in the couch filled with enthusiasm from the last gathering of LEAP Sweden before the trip to Redmond in the end of May. Todays topic was the new versions of Windows (server and client) as well as the Business Intelligence product suite from Microsoft.

The Business Intelligence suite basically is a really nice integration between products that already exist. With SQL Server 2012, SharePoint 2010 and Excel 2010 tightly integrated Microsoft offers a really attractive package.

Mikael Nyström showed off some of the new features in Windows Server 2012. To say the least this is an impressive release. There is a heavy focus on virtualization, storage and terminal services which makes Microsoft a strong competitor against both VMWare and Citrix in the small to medium sized business segment. One of the coolest features has to be conditional permissions.

Johan Lindfors gave a demo on Windows 8 development. He showed some samples of how easy it is to develop Metro style applications on the WinRT. We have already seen some new cool features in Visual Studio 11 and .NET 4.5, but the new async features coming sometime in the future (CTP currently available) is absolutely awesome! Especially the async/await keywords, which simply is an extremely clean way of dealing with asynchronous calls.

At last we got a presentation from Chris Klug who had prepared a neat cross framework demo built with the Portable Class Libraries. This makes it quite simple to create a shared code base for Windows Phone 7, Windows 8, Silverlight and WPF.

In about a month we will be heading to Redmond for the last three days of the Lead Enterprise Architect Program, which I am sure will be awesome!

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