Microsoft's Ignite gabfest includes just ONE session about Windows Server

Devices and clouds in the spotlight, Servers nowhere to be seen for now

Microsoft has just released the session catalog for its May Ignite event, the new gabfest that mashes TechEd and several other product-specific enterprise software conferences into one. And at this stage it looks like Windows Server will hardly make the agenda.

Vulture South's search of the catalog found just one session dedicated to Windows Server, namely RDS Improvements in the Next Version of Windows Server.

That session looks interesting for those with an eye on using desktop virtualisation for resource-hungry applications, as it promises the following:

In the next release of Windows Server we have made significant performance and API investments in RemoteFX. If you're interested in understanding the value of Hyper-V VDI for your organization, this session provides you an in-depth look into the key improvement we're introducing in RemoteFX. We cover topics such as new graphics APIs (OpenGL and OpenCL), VRAM configuration and H264 CODEC improvements. In addition we share some demos from key partners to showcase the performance capabilities for engineering class application workloads.

But that's it so far as Windows Server is concerned, at least according to Microsoft's own filters which find seven sessions mentioning the product. Twitter clone Yammer, by contrast, will be discussed in eight sessions.

There's a stack of Azure sessions – 65 to be precise – and a few of those refer to hybrid cloud. But for now it looks like Ignite is all about Windows on devices, not servers, and Azure.

There's plenty of time left for Microsoft to add more Windows Server sessions to the program, or to make it the focus of the keynotes and announcements at the event.

But for now it looks like Redmond doesn't see Windows Server content as much of a draw to those who attend Ignite.

Either that or it just won't have much to say about it, which would be more than a little surprising given the October 2014 release of a technical preview for the operating system's next version. ®

Update Microsoft's flakhaus (PR firm) Waggener Edstrom has been in touch to let us know "early next week you should expect to see more sessions that will be of interest to folks wanting to learn more about Windows Server." That's not necessarily a statement that there'll be news about the product at the show. We're therefore keeping an eye on things.

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