Because day 2 of the Build conference wasn't any different, it seems that I must learn to accept that a maximum of two good sessions per day is going to be the standard. Fortunately the keynote was top notch with both Scott Hanselman and Scott Guthrie taking stage. They showed some of the power the Windows Azure platform provides these days. It really feels like that every time I check the Azure website they've added another shipload of features. Especially the integration between the services is something that really shines. And did I already mention how I love the look-and-feel of the Azure management portal?
One other cool thing that happened is that Microsoft announced that the Team Foundation Service is now in production. It will be a free service for teams up to 5 developers…forever. Since this is something our company has been looking forward to for a while now, I was a bit disappointed that the pricing is still to be announced. In fact, the landing page for this service states that this will not be announced until the beginning of 2013. Bummer….
Regardless of where you are, you always run into Dutch people somewhere somehow. So during lunch we ran into some 'colleagues' from a competitor and ended up discussing Event Sourcing and synchronization challenges when building large scale systems. Similarly, I was also recognized by some people which I only know through Twitter. It definitely feels a bit awkward if you don't recognize somebody, at least, not until you get to know their Twitter IDs….
Talking about that Surface, it's a remarkable device that managed to completely replace my Acer Aspire that I've been bringing to conferences and events. In fact, I've written this blog post using OneNote MX, the Windows Store equivalent for Microsoft OneNote but optimized for touch. The only thing I had to do on my laptop is posting the blog using Windows Live Writer. It will just be a matter of time before we'll get a decent blogging app…. and a Twitter app, and a Facebook app, and…but that's an other story…