Certainly the most interesting statement by Eric Rudder  at the TechEd: Developers 2006 keynote  in Barcelona, looking from the developer's perspective, was the promise that all Microsoft server products will get web service interfaces. A clear step in the right direction!
Day 1 - Registration
Keynote speaker and 11-year-old MCP (2x) and MVP...
"Arfa Karim from Pakistan, is only 11yrs and Microsoft’s youngest MVP --- hear Arfa talk about how she got into technology and her passion for the subject..."
Office, Vista, and Exchange launched
Eric Rudder hold the keynote
Building Great Applications
".NET is the way to connect"
After all the discussion in the past months about why there is no managed code in Windows Vista and only a sample showing how to use the new API's from .NET, it is an interesting note, that Eric said ".NET is the way to connect": The Microsoft technology No. 1 when it comes to consume (web) services and offer own services to the rest of the world.
Next Step for Web Applications
.NET 3.0  and an updated web site  were launched simultaneous
The Keynote Demo