Day 4 of Tech Ed marks the end of the expo floor. We have been here all week demo'ing Persistent Chat (MindAlign) running on Microsoft Office Communications Server with integrated video. The turnout has been fantastic and needless to say, everyone has walked away with a lot of excitement about what we are doing in this space.
Some general notes that were especially interesting or exciting:
- Customers! The world understands Persistent Chat. That is obvious by the sheer number of people who came by our booth asking about it, speaking the language, and talking about real deployments. This was great to see.
- Chris Mayo stopped by to see our latest MindAlign 2007 product. Chris is now part of the Microsoft Unified Communications team as a Technical Evangelist. Back in the day Chris was with Microsoft in the Chicago area and helped us jump start our .NET initiatives. It was great to see Chris and show off our new stuff as MindAlign 2007 is now released after a long haul of development and converting from our previous development and deployment environment.
- Many other members of the Microsoft Unified Communications team stopped by to check out our latest software. It was fun again to show off our video integration into MindAlign. This integration was built with the latest Unified Communications Client APIs from Microsoft, and is part of the work we are doing to integrate telephony, voice, video, and conferencing through Microsoft Office Communications Server (OCS).
- Silverlight, WPF, new stuff, etc: there were some great demos and sessions about integrated search, SilverLight applications, etc.
Speaking of video integration, hats off to the MindAlign 2007 dev team and to Parlano IT . It was only about 1 ½ months ago when we decided to demo video integration at Tech Ed. I can't say it went off without a hitch, but once we got it up and running it looked fantastic.
Now it's off to Universal, or not, depending on the rain…