Watching the TechEd keynote during which it was announced that we have some 10,000 people attending TechEd this year. On the BI side of things, Amir Netz, Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft, came on stage to unveil some of the new features coming up in Denali and demonstrate the BI continuum story in Denali (PowerPivot, SharePoint with Crescent reporting, and Corporate BI). The Corporate BI model had some 2 billion rows cached in-memory VertiPaq engine. You will be able to use Visual Studio to “take over” from Excel and build models exceeding the Excel limitation of 2GB file size. Wait for more exciting news tomorrow at sessions DBI206 – What’s New in Microsoft SQL Server Code-Named “Denali” for SQL Server Analysis Services and PowerPivot and DBI211 – What’s New in Microsoft SQL Server Code-Named “Denali” for Reporting Services!
On the Windows Phone area, interesting news was that there will be an upgrade later on this year that would let mobile users integrated with Office365 and Lync Mobile. Unfortunately, no news to make BI available to Windows 7 phones yet.