När jag skriver det här är klockan, lokal tid, 6 på morgonen. Idag börjar själva konferensen. Jag har hört att det kommer att vara omkring 8 000 deltagare. För mig är det ofantligt stort.

Klockan 8:30 börjar det stora talet med Bill Gates. Det går faktiskt att lyssna live på det om ni vill. På denna, såkallade key note, brukar alltid någonting nytt lanseras. Vi får se vad det är i år.

Wesner Moise har gjort en bra sammanställning på ämnen som kommer att tas upp:

  • Windows Vista. A updated pre-beta build with more visual effects and more complete functionality is coming along with previews of the new Project M interface, IE and Windows Media Player.
  • Office 12 User Interface. Office 12 will ship about 3 years after the previous version, making it probably the longest development cycle Office ever had; one former coworker mentioned that Microsoft doubled the number of developers in this release. After a serious of ho-hum “incremental” releases in Office 2000, XP, and 2003, word is quickly spreading about revolutionary improvements in the upcoming version as Steven Sinofsky and Chris Pratley hints. Check out preview images of the radical new ribbon interface.
  • Orcas. The tools division plan to introduce stunning new improvements in data-language integration and dynamic programming features. Other features include Atlas for ASP.NET, a new framework for supporting rich web applications using AJAX.
  • Microsoft Expressions suite (Sparkle, Acrylic et al). A new set of tools that will encourage the use of designers working alongside developers in product teams. Microsoft has steadily been adding designers as new functional roles into its own product teams, and the results are already evident in products like Outlook 2003 and MSN.
  • Other information mentioned were Windows Workflow Services, Sharepoint and something mysterious called “Jolt.” 

Om några timmar vet vi vad Jolt är.