TechEd 2004: It's All About the Service PacksBy Channel Insider Staff | Posted 2004-05-21 Email Print
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Microsoft's sold-out developer conference, kicking off next week in San Diego, will focus heavily on integration and security tools.Integration and security will be the watchwords at Microsoft's annual Tech Ed 2004 conference, which will kick off Monday in San Diego.
The Microsoft brass will be on tap to talk up the benefits of "integrated innovation" (whether or not they actually use the company's favorite catch phrase). For example, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer as well as Server and Tools Corporate VP Andy Lees are expected to focus their keynotes on how the growing amount of integration across the Windows Server System (as well as other Microsoft products) can help developers and customers cut costs and improve productivity.
Microsoft officials declined to comment on new product and strategy announcements that the Redmond software vendor is planningother than acknowledging it will launch officially its Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004 firewall product at the show.
Although some had expected Microsoft to use the show as a launch pad for Release Candidate 2 (RC2) of its Windows XP Service Pack 2 release, it's not for certain that the company will be ready to roll out the final RC2 bits during the week-long conference.