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Friday, November 11

The Launch

After the official launch of Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005 and BizTalk Server 2006 (beta ;-)) in San Francisco (November 7, 2005), yesterday it was time for the launch in Belgium.

More than 2000 people were present for this event in Court-St-Etienne. S. Somasegar (Corporate Vice President, Developer Division) did the kick-off and later in the afternoon there were presentations of Visual Studio 2005 (Clemens Vasters) and SQL Server 2005 (Astrid Hackenberg).

For developers with already some hands-on experience with Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005, there was nothing new to see/hear. It was all about The Launch : a big show with the announcements of the new products. The message was clear : Microsoft is READY (at least for Visual Studio and SQL Server) to roll out the new products in all kinds of high demanding production environments. In a nutshell : with these products, customers will be able to get faster results (productivity boost) and to make better decisions ... all this on a trusted Microsoft Application Platform.

I will also remember the fantastic beatbox-shows between the sessions. These guys were really good! Amazing what they can do with only a mike in their hands.

To top it off, on our way home we all got a Standard Edition of Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005.


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