I've been out of the office for almost a month now but certainly been busy with fatherhood I have a beautiful baby daughter and last week we released to manufacturing (RTM) both Windows Vista and the Microsoft Office System 2007.

I've been running around the country presenting to partners as part of the Microsoft Business EVOLUTION roadshow. These sessions are designed to showcase the new wave of technology coming down the line around Exchange, Vista and Office - affectionately known internally as EVO. Week beginning the 4th of December I'll be jumping into a bus with Steve Clayton at the wheel and the rest of the guys in Microsoft's Technology Adoption Group (TAG) touring the UK starting in Bristol and ending on Friday in Edinburgh. If anyone's been to a Microsoft presentation before you'll be pretty familiar with PowerPoint. For these sessions we've ditched it and I for one am pretty happy about that. The new products are best showed off with fantastic demos. We're not going to simply run through the features of the new products – you can find that on the new Partner EVO Microsite. Instead, we're going to be telling partners a story where the benefits of Exchange, Vista and Office are woven into real business scenarios.

Here's a list of the tour dates:

December 4th - Bristol Imax

December 5th - Odeon Covent Garden

December 6th - Odeon Birmingham

December 7th - Odeon Manchester

December 8th - Odeon Edinburgh

If you're around on these dates come and seek me out.

So what's this got to do with PerformancePoint? Well in truth not much although anyone who's seen some of the changes we've made to Excel 2007, Excel Services and MOSS (Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007) in particular will see that improving business intelligence now sits at the core of the Microsoft desktop strategy.