We had a great day in Vancouver for the Launch of Windows Vista, the 2007 Microsoft Office System and Exchange Server 2007. What a turnout!!!! 900 people at the technical tracks alone!
We had two venues due to come tough logisitics in Vancouver right now. There is not a facility large enough for an event like this Launch at the moment and we were forced to split the day in two. Luckily Vancouver is fixing this right now by building a new world class facility (pictured below as seen from my hotel room)
As I mentioned in my previous post I did the opening keynote at the Technical Tracks, which was held at the Paramont Theatres downtown. Jeff Zado, our Tools PM, was there on stage with me to the demos.
We were joined on stage by Michael Matrick from 90 Degree Software (www.90degreesoftware.com) who talked about their use of Office 2007 and Vista in the development of their new reporting product called Radius. Also joining us as a guest speaker was Graham Jones the President of VANTUG - one of the Vancouver based user groups. Graham talked to us about the vibrant Vancouver technical community.
If you missed the day, you can check all the information at the MSDN and Technet websites:
You should also check out our Community Blogs.
Thanks for everyone for taking the time to come and see us. If you have any feedback, please let us know (good or bad) - it's the only way we learn for the future.
And for those in the overflow rooms watching on the video..... sorry about my shirt. (you had to be there to understand)
It's the end of our billing cycle with our old provider and we have now switched over to Bullfrog Power at home. This means we are now running on 100% eco-friendly power. Which, given the size of my Vista Media Centre and 56" TV is a good thing :-)
It's an amazing idea for a company and it makes me proud to think that we are doing our part to encourage green power.
Check it out: www.bullfrogpower.com
Well, I am writing this from my Air Canada flight to Vancouver. I am in town for the Vista and Office Business Launch Events. For Vancovuer we have a bit of a unique setup compared to the other cities. Due to space limitations (the convention centre is being reno'd) we have 2 locations. The Business Keynote and tracks are at the Hyatt and the Technical Keynote and tracks are at the downtown Paramont theatre.
I am keynoting the technical event. It's very exciting for me not only because I get to spend time with the community in Vancouver, but also because this is the first time in a while that I get to present on stage with all of the folks on my team. Jeff Zado will be helping with the keynote demos and the other Community Team members will driving the Developer and IT Pro tracks.
More to come during the day.
See you in Vancouver.
Did you know you have a direct pipeline into Microsoft Canada and my team?
Did you know we use the blogs to share the best up to date information and share the "hero" stories from the community?
Did you know we will answer your questions?
No? Then visit our Community Connection Blogs?
Canadian Developers: http://blogs.msdn.com/cdndev
Canadian IT Pros: http://blogs.technet.com/canitpro
Canadian IT Managers: http://blogs.technet.com/cdnitmanagers
Canadian Designers / User Experience: http://blogs.msdn.com/canux/
Given my recent near-miss with a crane, this comes as disturbing news. 2 cranes on campus are under investigation...
More details can be found here:
Check out our interview with Canada's very own Developer Community Rock Star Richard Campbell and his partner in crime, Carl Franklin: http://blogs.msdn.com/cdndevs/archive/2006/12/06/canadian-rds-launch-2007-podcasts-carl-franklin-and-richard-campbell-on-net-rocks-and-pwop-productions.aspx
If you don't know these guys and you are a developer, you should. Read more at: http://www.dotnetrocks.com/
Where you there? Let me know what you thought of the day?
Today is the big day! The Launch events arrive in Toronto. We just finished the keynote and have begun the technical and business tracks. My teams are on stage right now dazzling the IT Pros, Developers and Architects!
More info to follow!
"Live" Photos From The Toronto Congress Centre!