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SharePoint Conference 2008 – Day 2

Posted by Steve Pietrek on March 4, 2008

Beautiful day in Seattle yesterday – rain. Attended the live keynote with Bill Gates. Interesting keynote. A few announcements such as Microsoft Online (SaaS), release of Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express, Solution Accelerator Tools, Silverlight BluePrint for SharePoint, and GearUp. During Kurt DelBene’s keynote, he mentioned numerous SharePoint sites from well known companies. It was quite exciting to see Kroger.com. My team lead, who was sitting next to me at the time, was instrumental in the architecture of the Kroger site. Congrats Sean!

After lunch I attended the “Silverlight BluePrint in SharePoint” presentation given by Patrick Tisseghem. Silverlight is getting more and more interesting for me – my issue – not sure how quick clients will want to include it.

For my next session, I wanted to attend “Code Based List Form Customization in WSS 3.0″ but the room was sold out – 25 minutes before the session was supposed to start! Mark Miller has echoed lots of the frustrations attendees are facing. I attended a InfoPath Crash Course presentation instead. Since I have dabbled in InfoPath already, most of it was review. Oh well.

My last session of the day was attending Andrew Connell‘s ECM presentation. Right away he mentioned he was not going to cover code – more of a ECM 101 presentation. Since the rooms were typically already full – this one was no exception – I stayed. Very good presentation but most of it was review. As a SharePoint consultant, it is always valuable to get another take on presenting topics – Andrew did not disappoint – even with a cough.

Today looks to be good. For most session slots I have between 2-5 different sessions for each time. With limited space in each room, definitely need to ensure I pick the right sessions.

Finally, sorry about missing SPLinks. Been busy outside of SPC and have not had the time to go through my feeds. Wireless at the hotel has been mixed too – sometimes up/sometimes down.

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