Forward, positively..

December 10, 2006

Wait a Day ‘Till You Post…

Filed under: Rants and Opinions, Work — thebestbrew @ 12:14 am

I was at the Microsoft partner EVO launch in Edinburgh yesterday. I wanted to write right away but  – my reactions were so negative, I decided to wait one, then post.

It’s no good – it was tooooo bad – so un-Microsoft. 20 billion bucks and this was how they launch the most important wave of products in the company history (or some such hyperbole).

I was also at the WinFX launch earlier in the year (at Dynamic Earth) – OK that was reasonably uber-geek stuff – but they had so much collateral, so much loot, so much information I still have and wear and use things branded with WinFX – it struck a note and resonated.  And that was in a superb venue for a big MSFT event. Yesterday, the Odeon really sucked, like a Dyson (James not Freeman).

I came away yesterday with nothing, NOTHING, which will carry forward the message or remind me about Exchange, Vista and Office into next week, let alone beyond that (the plastic bag does not count). BTW – spot the sponsors, whatever happened to Wintel, it’s now WinAMD?

Steve Clayton was jaded (after a week on the road? – hope so) – Trevor McDonald could have put more enthusiasm into the part. James Akrigg tried his best but it didn’t amount to more than a few more attempts at ‘gee whiz’ with the Aero interface and heat-mapping an Excel table. Steve in his blog entry doesn’t even mention the second part of the event – licensing, SKU configuration………… only half of the attendees, at best, stayed for this dryest of the dry sessions.

Not good, at all, on any level.


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