WPC11: Wrap-up: Time to Jump Off the WPC Party Cruise

Here’s one last recap from a show that featured everything from Steve Ballmer dancing to the “3 Screens and a Cloud” theme made popular Ray Ozzie, Richard Branson stopping on his way to save the sharks, and Blake Griffin seen clutching his ESPY trophy and ditching his Benz around Hollywood and Vine for a limo uptown.  All in all, a thrilling adventure including a fair bit of hype around all your fave Microsoft platforms:

Dynamics:  Business is strong in its 10th anniversary with 20% compound growth since it was first launched.  And finally… a cloud version of ERP on the horizon – maybe next year.

Skype:  Acquisition under regulatory approval process. Will lead consumerization of IT, and together with Lync, AD, and other components, will usher in the new generation of Unified Communication and Collaboration.

Lync:  Branded the “Kinect for the Enterprise,” this application is already used 70% of Fortune 500 companies.  Mashups with SharePoint and other applications are becoming increasingly popular. 

Bing:  Gaining steadily, Bing now holds 14.1 % of the U.S. search market share, but is adding features and interfacing with platforms like xBox and mapping applications to solve whole new classes of problems.  Partnerships with Yahoo and FaceBook will also propel the application.  This year Bing achieved “bright, shiny object” status.

Office:  Still going gangbusters with over 100 million sold.  Momentum for Office 365 is tremendous with over 50,000 businesses having signed up for trials.

Windows Phone:  Even though Ballmer says they’ve gone from “very small to very small” in the phone market, he claims it’s been a heck of a year. The Nokia partnership is being greatly hyped though it’s not clear who gets the better end of this agreement.  In any case, IDC boldly predicts that Windows Phone will assume the number two spot of the smartphone market share within a couple of years.

Xbox:  Still the number one gaming console in the U.S., and now Kinect has become the fastest selling consumer electronics product of all time.  Aside from gaming, Kinect is being tested in a number of other applications including some amazing applications on the medical scene.

So there you have it, sports fans.  That’s all I can pry out of my weary brain after four days on the WPC party train.  Someone once told me that it’s time to go home when you start looking like your passport photo.  By that criteria, I’m about 24 hours overdue.

Adios, and hope to see you all at WPC 2012 in beautiful Toronto!!

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