TechEd Europe 2014 Keynote

TechEd Europe kicks off here- as I said in my previous post, I’m going to try and get 5 key points from each session I attend. We’ll see how that goes, but I should be able to keep it up for the first session!

The Keynote kicked off the Barcelona event with not one, but two Corporate Vice Presidents. Jason Zander, Microsoft Corporate VP of Azure and Joe Belfiore- his counterpart in the PC, Tablet and Phone arena.


  1. Some cool new UI features in Windows 10. The Ctrl-C/V copy and paste from the command prompt got a round of applause, but I also really appreciated the new multi-monitor snapping feature- now windows will snap to the join in my monitors.
  2. Another Windows 10 feature was the ability to optionally switch between tablet and desktop modes when detaching a keyboard- optimising the interface not only for the right device at the right time but also to the users preference.
  3. Conditional Access to Corporate Resources. The new features to secure data- authorising apps via policy to ensure that corporate documents cannot be opened in non managed apps was great- especially where the feature also works in copy and paste- no more pasting that company credit card number on Twitter :)
  4. The 2FA sign on to Windows ten was demoed, using a mobile phone connected via bluetooth to log in. Looks good, but I’d like to see how this works with the variety of devices we use.
  5. There’s some big ol’ VMs available in Azure now. 32 core, 448GB RAM and 6.5TB SSDs.

There was loads more, and as expected my notes were extensive, a good start to the week.