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Developer launch of Vista and Office in the UK – Register now

Developer launch of Vista and Office in the UK – Register now

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As I’ve hinted previously, we’re planning a developer launch event in the UK for 19th and 20th January 2007. I’m now able to provide some additional details including the registration link: http://www.microsoft.com/uk/launch2007/dev/default.mspx

 

There are a few things worth bearing in mind about this event:

·         We’re really pushing hard to make it work online as well as a physical event. To this end, we’re broadcasting the keynote live and are prerecording all of the technical sessions and putting the recordings up on the site at the same time they’re delivered here. The recordings are being made to give you the impression you’re in the audience watching, so you should get a really good experience even if you can’t make the physical event

  • We’re including a number of real customers on stage with us (and of course, these will be in the pre-recordings online as well). These are developers from customers who have built solutions using the technology we’re talking about, so that they can share some of those experiences with you and help illuminate the technical content you’ll be receiving
  • The keynote will be delivered by none other than Sanjay Parthasarathy. He’s the most senior Developer & Platform person at Microsoft, based in Redmond (and my ultimate boss, so my neck’s on the line if this all goes wrong). He’s incredibly well placed to position these products to developers and provide the top-level view of what we’re trying to do
  • Ah and you may have noticed that 20th January 2007 is a Saturday. What’s that all about? Well, we’re really keen to allow you to get your hands on these products as developers. So we’re building a huge room full of machines and inviting you to come along and write some code with us. We’ll brief you on an assignment then give you help to write the code in a two hour period, making sure that you get real experience of the platforms. And we’ll have some fun too, seeing as it’s a Saturday.

There’s plenty more to talk about but hopefully that gives you a flavour. This will be a significant launch event for us and if you have even a passing interest in this technology and attend just one event this year – it’s the one to go for. We’re pulling out the stops for this one.

 

UPDATE: People have asked me about registering for the online event, as the link posted above is only for the "physical" event. You don't need to pre-register for the online event, just visit that same link on 19th January and you'll be directed to the sessions etc. We will ask you to enter some info about yourself when you do this, but nothing too onerous.

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  • so how do we guarantee free stuff if we can't register online until the actula day?

  • Hi,

    To be clear: we're not guaranteeing free copies of software for everyone. We plan to give away 1000 copies of Windows Vista and 1000 copies of 2007 Office system, which means only 1000 people will receive these. And it's still an intention at the moment(which is why I'm saying "We plan to.."), not yet confirmed.

    So how do we decide who gets them? You need to actually take part in the event rather than just registering for it, which is why we don't need a registration process for the online event.

    We're still working out how this piece (the "taking part") will operate, but it will probably involve you being required to watch some or all of the webcasts for either Windows Vista or Office.

    HTH

    Ian.

  • got ya cheers.

    thing is...if i sit through everything you ask, i might still not get anything at the end of it :(

  • Yeah that's possible. But hopefully you'll gain something by taking part even if it isn't a copy of the product :-)

    And even more "hopefully" you *will* get a copy though. 1000 copies is quite a lot, so the odds aren't too bad.

  • Hello Ian, just registered for the event.  Hopefully I'll see you there?  I was hoping to do a bit of a vodcast whilst there, possibly hold an interview with you?

  • Hi Max, sounds like a good idea, more than happy to talk to you on the day. See you there!

  • We have launched. I am happy about that and also absolutely knackered. We launched to press on the 30th

  • What is the dress code for the day?

  • Dress code? Pretty relaxed, jeans are fine.

  • This sounds good :-)

    With regards to "free stuff", is there going to be free stuff at the physical event? If we would like to be in with a chance of getting a copy of Vista, should we stay at home and hope to be one of the 1000, or would we stand a better chance at Reading?

  • how many people do you estimate will take part in the online event? haven't heard a lot about this event elsewhere.

  • Matt - the plan is to give away some stuff at the actual physical event, although we can't give a definitive answer about what exactly at the moment. Why? There are legal and commercial issues to consider and that process is still happening.

    However rest assured that if you come to the physical event you're unlikely to be short-changed in terms of things we give to you on the day.

    My advice: if you can get to Thames Valley Park on the 19th or 20th of Jan then register now as places will go quickly and join us on the day. If you can't, and there are plenty of people who can't due to work, distance, other commitments - then join us online on the day for a near identical experience.

  • F,

    We don't know for sure how many people will take part online but it will be in the thousands.

    We're likely to be ramping up the "noise level" about the event - both physical and online - much more over the coming weeks and into January.

  • Although we're keen on making sure that the UK developer launch of Windows Vista and Office 2007 is a

  • Hi Ian,

    I'm planning on attending the launch event but I'm simply a student, not so much a developer. As I'm not really a developer as such I'm probably not going to attend the 2nd day, but do you think I should/it would be worth it?

    Jon

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