Live Blog: Microsoft's Professional Developer Conference Keynote

The live blog of Microsoft's Professional Developer Conference keynote starts now:

10:16 PT Pricing will be based on resources and service level required. Ozzy says tomorrow will be devoted to experiences. Steven Sinofsky, one of the lead Windows 7 engineers, is scheduled to participate in that keynote.

That's it for today.

10:15 PT PDC Attendees will be the first with access to Azure starting at noon today, by signing up at Azure.com. The SDK and platform will be opened up over the next few weeks. "We're going to be intentionally progressive.. in how we roll this out." No charge during preview since it may ultimately be incompatible with final product."When it is released commercially, Windows Azure will have a very straightforward business model."

10:14 PT So we've tied together two online services to make things easy for both managers and customers (non-techies). Now Ray Ozzie is coming back to summarize today's news and talk about what's next for tomorrow. "An end to end view of software and services taking somewhat of an infrastructural perspective." Windows Azure: "a kind of service-based OS"

10:13 PT Now he's playing the role of a customer who gets to see a Web portal showing how the project is progressing -- how much money is being spent vs the budget. This is displayed via cute gauges created using Silverlight.

10:12 PT First he used it as a developer. Then as a manager, he sees different things, for example, timesheets. Now he's looking at a custom Word template for status report. He's able to grab data from the CRM app, put it into the template, and publish it to a SharePoint site.

10:11 PT Now he shows how if you're logged on to MS Active Directory, Federated Identity lets you connect to CRM Online without logging in. "It's so simple, even a vice president can do it." He's looking at Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, customized for the type of user.

10:09 PT Here's how the identity works: IT admin manages IDs in Active Director. But now a Microsoft Services Coordinator links the Active Directory IDs to the Microsoft Federation Gateway so users can seamless access online services. Now he's talking about extensibility and showing a chart of what the online versions of Exchange, SharePoint and MS Dynamics CRM can do as well as features you can have online as well as on premises.

10:05 PT Software plus Services offers power of choice. Enterprises need a hybrid. Some apps need support in cloud, some on premises. But this isn't always easy to do. Problems include what is being called a "Federated Identity" - have to be able to use your identity either on premises or in the cloud. Also extensibility must be considered. Here is how to solve those problems...

9:59 PT A new guy is up to talk about how Azure solves developer problems including need for collaboration, need to stay up to date, lower costs, need for security and availability. He explains: So Microsoft has created Online Services - today, Exchange, CRM, etc. In the future all of its enterprise software will be offered as online services. Benefits include: best experiences, faster time to market, business class security and reliability.

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