We catch up with Wayne Small at the Microsoft MVP summit in the USA…

I’ve just finished attending the MVP summit here in Seattle. During the event, I had presentations from Microsoft on the future of where things are going with the products that we specialise in. My specialty is Small Business Server.

SBS 2008 is due for release in the 2nd half of this year and I’ve been in the beta program now for 18 months, testing and helping the SBS team fine tune the product for you – our customers. I’m pretty confident that SBS 2008 has some really cool features that you will all use. Much of what was presented to us was under a Non Disclosure Agreement and I can’t talk about it at this time, but you can rest assured that I am doing my best to guide our team in the solutions we provide to you with these future directions in mind.

SBS 2008 will have some major improvements in the areas of Remote Web Workplace, Exchange 2007 and with the Premium version the ability to have a 2nd server in your SBS network at no extra software cost. This allows those of you that have specific business applications, to have them on a separate server, which helps increase performance with the end result of better productivity.

I can’t say much more than this at the moment, but over the next few months watch out for further information here as we will be able to let you know more about this exciting product.

I’ve been to Seattle now a few times over the past few years and I’ve never seen such a variation in the weather here. When I landed over a week ago on the Friday, it was like a nice spring day with 26ºC temperatures and clear skies. That changed a lot though and when I flew out of Seattle to Houston, it was an icy 2ºC with snow in some parts of the city! I am yet to see snow in Seattle and apparently whilst I was in the air on the way to Houston, it snowed in the city center – just a few hours after I left! Houston reminds me very much of Sydney in early summer with sticky heat and beautiful skies.

I head home later this week and I’m looking forward to getting back to the team to implement some of the cool new ideas that I have in mind. Watch out Sydney, here I come!