You've seen the news, now download the bits from MSDN Subscriber Downloads and TechNet Downloads ... http://www.microsoft.com/technet/windowsvista/default.mspx
And while you are downloading, have a look at the Windows Vista Dev Center on MSDN or watch the interview with Chris Jones on Channel 9
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How can I describe this day? It's hard, as I am a bit tired, but I'll just write what comes out, stream of consciousness style....
12 Hour in the Georgia Dome
Presentations from all the senior VPs
Spanking Demos of upcoming products, such as "Office 12", Windows Longhorn (soon to have real name), IE7, XBOX 360, Windows Media Center, new MSN Messenger, MSN Search, MSN Spaces, MSN Hotmail, MS CRM 3.0, Windows Mobile 5.0, sneak preview of new mobile devices, some out there work that is being done by MSR and heaps of other demos that I can't remember.
To be honest, I can't wait to get my hands on "Office 12" and Longhorn.
Guest appearance from Michael Johnson and the talented all-female classical quarter Bond
Inspiring stuff from Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, and the other execs.
And then to cap it all off, a party hosted by D&PE at The Compound, featuring Helles Bells, an all girl AC/DC tribute band
Time to sleep - we start again in 6 hours
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Lots of Microsoftees are getting ready to head to Atlanta for the annual Microsoft Global Briefing, or as we call it, MGB. I made the trip to Atlanta last year as well.
MGB is held annually at the start of a financial year and usually in one of the warmer locations in the continental USA. The meeting is divided into a couple of days of role specific meetings, but it all kicks with a special day in which everyone gets together.
We all pile into a big venue (like an enclosed sports arena) and we hear from a number of senior leaders within the company who review our effort in the previous year and describe our strategy and plans for the upcoming year. Generally Bill Gates opens the day and Steve Ballmer closes it. It's a pretty intense, tiring, motivating and inspiring day.
Following this combined day, we have a number of role specific days, drilling down into the details - again, reviewing the past year and outlining the strategies for the coming year. In between meetings, there are countless opportunities to meet with peers from across the ocean or around the world or see some of the local sites or even attend a geek dinner.
It then ends with a BIG party. Last year we had Smash Mouth perform. This year, the word is that we will see Jet - a good aussie band.
I'll post more when I get to Atlanta.
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I hinted at Longhorn's new name in my last post, andn the blogosphere has been overloaded by the news, but the thing that I found interesting is that there is a Wikipedia entry for Windows Vista. I know, it's un update of the old Longhorn entry, but man, that's fast moving!!!
Windows Vista Press Release
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During the MEDC event in Sydney, I was one of the judges for the Image Cup finals. The winning team was Team Doug, with ‘Colle’, which makes it easy to create and share flash cards, provides automated and intelligent training and allows for collaboration in distributed and close-proximity environments for learning a foreign language.
Doug got some coverage last week in the local newspaper, which was good to see!
Why do I mention this now? Well, I forgot to blog about it earlier, even though Doug and his former teammate Richard did, and since Scoble is talking about Imagine Cup winners, I thought it appropriate to add our wonderful news to the blogosphere too. Did I mention Doug was a member of the team which represented Australia at the Imagine Cup final last year too?
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We have had some excellent entries in the Tech.Ed Flair T-Shirt competition.
I had to put them all onto my blog. Great work all of you.
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If I get another person sending me a link to the Escape Yesterworld site I will scream. Of course I have seen it, what do you think I do live in a cave or something!!!
Yes, it's funny. Yes, it's viral. Yes, I get the joke.
Check it out at http://www.escapeyesterworld.com/
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