evo-kickWe have launched.  I am happy about that and also absolutely knackered.  We launched to press on the 30th at the diamond club in the Arsenal stadium.  The customer launch followed on the 5th December in the QEII centre in Westminster with some 300 top customers execs there for an event focussing on the business value of Windows Vista, the 2007 Microsoft Office system and Exchange Server 2007. 

My big moment came - doing the only demo in the day for 20 minutes during the Jeff Raikes keynote.  Everything went well.  I'll see if I can get a recording and script up here soon for all those budding demoers out there.  We also have some internal campaigns running (see me showing off some Office skills, left).

So as I resurface (I didn't wake up until 11am today) and pick up the threads of normal life (including blogging) here a few odds and ends that people have been mailing in to the blog and other news that i should have mentioned:

Where can I get a trial?

You can download a timebombed trial for 2007 here

I can't use these new file formats what do I do?

Install the file compatibility pack for 2003.  Read more here.

Developer launch

We have a developer launch event coming up - read more about that here.  


· Ecma International approved Office Open XML as an Ecma standard and voted to submit the formats to the International Standards Organization (ISO) for consideration as an ISO standard. To be clear, the Open XML file formats are no longer under Microsoft possession; Ecma changed them. The Ecma technical committee is now responsible for the ongoing maintenance of the formats.

Outlook gadgets

get new gadgets to show your Outlook info on your Vista desktop

Search doesn't need to be dull 

Just to show that search interfaces don't have to be the boring white box check out http://msdewey.com/ for a much more fun interface..

PerformancePoint Server 2007 

Augmenting our business intelligence story in Office system, PerformancePoint releases the first tech preview http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2006/d...

That will do for an update..