I've only got a few minutes between sessions, so I'm going to hit the highlights, more details to come later when I can focus a bit. ;)
The keynote was way better than last year's. The focus this year seems to be much less on developer-related technology, and more on IT, and more specifically on what IT pros can do right now today, rather than any vision for the future. Bob Muglia set the tone in the keynote by saying that they didn't want to give people any more MSBSVS, or Microsoft BullS**t Vision-Speak. A very positive direction, and there's plenty to talk about. I just came away from a session on the next version of the Identity Lifecycle Manger, and I think they're really nailed it. Identity management in the enterprise is hard, and they've gone a long way towards fixing it. If I was in IT, I'd be even more excited.
Yesterday I saw talks on the next version of ADFS (Active Directory Federation Services) and again they are headed in the right direction. ADFS "2" will basically allow you to expose an STS on top of your AD store, with CardSpace support, etc. Very cool.
I also saw some stuff on the LINQ "Entity Data Model", which, in summary, is basically Rails-style active record support at the platform level, with some very advanced querying capabilities via LINQ. This will be very useful in the future for getting rid of DAL code in the middle tier.
Lastly, I saw an overview of SQL 2008 (Katmai) features. Again, some very cool stuff, and new features that look like they've been developed in response to user feedback. Always nice to see. For all those groovy new mashups, there's a new LOCATION datatype. Spacial data as first class citizen. There's also some brilliant management-by-policy features that will make DBA's very happy.
Gotta run. NDepend BOF at lunch, ADAM/AzMan tonight, so if you're reading this in a timely fashion, stop on by!