LOS ANGELES -- Kicking off more than 225 events around the world and joined by more than 4,000 customers and partners, Microsoft Corp.s Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer today showcased the next generation of infrastructure and application platform products, including Windows Server 2008, Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008.
The launch represents a major milestone to help customers on the road to Dynamic IT, Microsofts initiative to help customers optimize their people, processes and technology, and in turn position IT as a strategic asset for their business. These new enterprise products help customers more efficiently and securely manage their entire infrastructure and move to a virtualized environment while also delivering business intelligence and next-generation Web experiences to boost business results. The theme of the events, Heroes Happen Here, highlights the outstanding work that IT professionals, developers and partners do every day to create solutions and cutting-edge applications that keep global commerce and industry running.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer delivers the keynote at the launch of Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008. Four thousand customers and partners attended the live event in Los Angeles, Calif. Feb. 27, 2008.
IT professionals and developers tell us they spend too much time and money managing existing systems and not enough investing in new capabilities that create strategic advantage, Ballmer said. That feedback is at the core of the innovations in this new wave of products. Already, the overwhelming response from thousands of IT professionals and developers around the world is that this is the most secure enterprise platform we have ever delivered, and that it will simplify management and enable them to focus more on driving their businesses forward.