A New Day – The Launch Of Windows Vista

Today I am going to the downtown Paramount Vancouver for the launch of Windows Vista, the 2007 Microsoft Office system and Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. This all day event runs from 9AM to 5PM and features keynote addresses, architect sessions and IT professional track sessions.

I am not sure if I will stay the entire day because there is only so much MS brainwashing one can handle before you start yelling, “Death to Linux!” Hopefully, I’ll be able to score a free copy of Windows Vista and Office 2007. The Exchange server I don’t need but I’ll take it if they give it to me.

Like other all day Microsoft events, breakfast and lunch is provided. Unfortunately, MS won’t pay for parking, which is $15 for the day. I guess that’s not really too bad. When I was in San Francisco, downtown parking cost $30 a day.

If there is internet access at the event, I’ll log in and say post an update.

11 thoughts on “A New Day – The Launch Of Windows Vista”

  1. Ed Lau says:

    LOL…remember when we went to that Office 2003 thing and ditched like…a couple hours in? I fell asleep during the lecture.

  2. Ha theres nothing like Microsoft launch – you’d better hope theres no dancing allowed…. 😉


  3. Tyler says:

    Is it really that boring? I doubt they’re giving out free swag eh?

    Last time I went to a Microsoft thing was with Stephen Fung and it was at the Opus Hotel. Their christmas line up which was some cool things including the release of Media Center. Though we got gifts at the end of it (I got slippers and a MS Keyboard). Was a small an private kinda deal but not bad.

    Guess this event will be a little big bigger than that.

  4. Hi John. When there is in fakt an internet connection, please write something about it, people in Germany are very interested in what MS is doing… They love here MS like Google.

  5. Chris says:

    Have fun John.

    MS’s seminars, launch events and, conventions are heads and shoulders above many others that I’ve been too. They can get boring sitting through some of the talks but they really treat you well.

    I’d be curious on your take on Office and Vista if you can score a copy. I’ve been running them both for about 3 weeks via my MSDN subscription.

    I’m not sure how I feel about them because they are both significantly different (in some ways) than the previous versions.

    Anyways, have fun.

  6. Same here. I would love to read your first impressions on the new OS. Life can be difficult when all of a sudden you are attacked on all fronts! Browsers, OSes, Suites, Searchs!!!

  7. John Chow says:

    I didn’t get a copy of Vista or Office at the show but they maybe sending me a set. Will have to wait and see. The show itself was pretty boring.

  8. JuanFlaiter says:

    I went to the show two weeks ago here in Chile. Really boring but at least good catering 🙂

  9. hmm, wonder when they are going to launch it in India. BTW, I was wondering if one can download the free beta version and get their support and updates, any idea?

  10. David Mackey says:

    Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the new products. I attended a conference by Microsoft on SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005. It was the closest thing to a church service I’ve ever been to that wasn’t a church service. I wasn’t sure whether churches were learning from Microsoft or vice versa or a mixture.

  11. Stephen says:

    You went to a show for consumers and customers. That’s why it was boring. My people didn’t invite me to it because they thought I’d be bored out of my skull 😆

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