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The big news of the day is of course the big End-User Computing product launch: Zimbra 7.2, Socialcast, View 5.1, vCOps for View going GA, and Horizon Application Manager 1.5. In addition to that, the coveted Project Octopus beta is now also available. You can read all the details on the respective product pages and also check out blog posts at blogs.vmware.com/euc – they posted about a dozen articles there this morning.

We will talk about this in more detail with our guests in a few minutes, but I also wanted to take the opportunity to push the End User Computing virtual conference, which is going to take place tomorrow, on May the 3rd. It is free to attend as long as you register ahead of time. This virtual conference will feature:

  • A keynote from the VMware leadership team
  • Talks on latest innovations in the VMware End-User Computing portfolio
  • Live chat with VMware End-User Computing product experts
  • And of course, networking opportunities with peers 

Registration link is posted on the End-User Computing blog, and there are more details about the conference there as well. Once again, the URL is blogs.vmware.com/euc

The conference season is picking up, and we’ll be at a number of industry events in the upcoming days. You can catch us at the Interop in Vegas next week, as well as at Citrix Synergy in San Francisco. Then of course there is the VMware Forum currently on tour, hitting Zeist, Netherlands, London, Istanbul, Copenhagen, Vienna, Warsaw, Budapest, Paris, Zurich, and Manchester just in the next two weeks!

Finally, there will be a bunch of full-day VMUG conferences happening in May: Carolinas, Central Ohio, San Diego, Western Pennsylvania, and Denver. Go to myvmug.com to find a VMUG conference near you and to register.

In another bit of news, the newly-selected vExperts have been getting on board with the program for the past couple of weeks. We had quite an increase of interest in the program, with almost 600 applicants and 440 of them were selected to be vExperts in 2012. That’s about 100 more people than last year, as the program has grown both in numbers and in geographic reach. We welcome the new vExperts and are excited about having them on board!