Yesterday (June 03, 2005), I together with some of my co-workers here at ICTC went to Makati Shangri-La to attend Microsoft’s TechFest 2005: Summer Edition.  Unlike the first TechFest early this year which was held for three days, yesterday’s TechFest was held only one day, but still is packed.

The topics included:

  • Windows Server 2003 SP1
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 & Exchange Server 2003 SP2
  • BizTalk in Real Life Scenarios
  • Visual Studio 2005
  • Developing Multilanguage Applications & Websites
  • SQL Server 2005
  • Microsoft Solutions Framework

The event was held at the Rizal Ballroom and the turnout was pretty good but of course the audience was smaller than the previous TechFest.  Among the highlights of the event were:

  • MSIE 7 previews.  Screenshots of what to expect from the much anticipated MSIE 7 but unfortunately it was taken from MSIE 7 on Longhorn.
  • MS Communicator.  A Windows Messenger-like program but better.
  • ClickOnce.  A better way of deploying your applications.  Applications are published on a server and once installed updates are automatically checked and installed every time the application is run.  Less clicks and hassles especially in deployment of applications and updates.
  • L10N.  Read “Localization,” it is an “L” followed by 10 letters and then ends with an “N.”  Pretty clever, huh?  Covered during the Multilanguage Applications and Websites topic.
  • Licensing.  Such a hot topic.  The topic which brought a lot of questions from the audience.

Also mentioned is Microsoft’s road map and their future products like Windows Longhorn and Visual Studio “Orcas” among others.

Microsoft is also generous enough to provide Web Developers attending the event a Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 kit containing three DVDs which include a copy of Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite, Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation System, and a 365-day evaluation copy of SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition (Community Technology Preview).