Microsoft's TechEd developer conference in New Orleans kicked off with a keynote presentation by Bob Muglia, president of the server and tools business at Microsoft, pushing the company's commitment to cloud computing.
He said, "Our job, simply put, is to deliver what customers need to take advantage of cloud computing on their own terms. Some vendors would have you believe that you must move everything to the cloud now and there is only one way to achieve cloud computing; don't be misled and lose sight of the value of all the investments you have already made to enable the full promise of cloud computing."
The company released Windows Server AppFabric at TechEd, which Microsoft said helps developers build and manage composite applications. Businesses with licences for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 (Standard and Enterprise editions) can download Windows Server AppFabric at no additional cost.
Microsoft also launched Expression Studio 4, its web design application, which now includes tools to help designers and developers collaborate on website designs.
The product includes Blend and SketchFlow, which Microsoft said allows designers to translate their ideas into prototypes, which can run on Silverlight or Windows Phone 7 devices.