Microsoft Zune Launch Party

You would think that when uber-rich Microsoft throws a party, they would do it big time. All the parties I’ve attended with the boys from Redmond have been huge affairs. Well, it seems the budget for MS Zune isn’t quite at the same level as that of MS Office or MS Windows.

The Zune launches in Canada on June 13th, 2008 and judging by the attendance at the party, we’re not sure if anyone really cares. Anyway, here’s the video of what went down last night. See you guys at Dot Com Pho.


43 thoughts on “Microsoft Zune Launch Party”

  1. Newbies! Ever heard of ‘fashionably late’?

    1. Ed Lau says:

      We thought it would be more of a tech industry party…figures that the only people that work in the industry would be the 12 people that went for Chinese food.

      …which was incidentally the worst Chinese food I’ve had in awhile. My wonton noodle soup with bbq pork was HORRIBLE. I barely touched the pork, which seemed to be all the fat parts…and didn’t seem even like it was cooked correctly.

    2. MoneyNing says:

      It’s not the grammies… πŸ™‚ Even at the grammies, at least the people hosting are there on time!

    3. Stephen says:

      You ever heard of limited amount of beer? πŸ˜›

      1. Syed Balkhi says:

        who cares about the beer lol

        1. Paul B says:

          Me. Free beer rules!

    4. Terry Tay says:

      RULE #1 Never be the first to arrive at a party. You look too anxious.
      RULE #2 Never arrive on time. (see RULE #1)
      RULE #3 Make sure you remember and follow RULE #1 and RULE #2
      ~Terry

      1. Stephen says:

        If we showed up late, there would be no beer. Therefore, Rule #1 gives you an automatic EPIC FAIL in this situation. It was pretty much all gone by the time we came back from food.

        1. Leo says:

          The beer wasn’t even good.

          1. Stephen says:

            True…the beer girls were bitchy and demanding too!

          2. Ed Lau says:

            It’s rather uncouth to ask for tips.

  2. Thiago Prado says:

    People that usually goes to party every week don’t get in there on time. It’s cool to get late because everybody can notice when you get there.

  3. The Zune probably won’t do well until the 3rd or 4th generation model is released. MS is usually doesn’t get it right the first time, but they learn from their mistakes and make great improvements later. Anyways, I would rather have a Zune than an iPod. πŸ™‚

  4. Bill should spend few 1k$ more for party πŸ˜‰
    But still looks cool 😎

  5. It’s not their fault, what were you doing there on time? Don’t you know it’s common curtsy and sense to arrive at parties at least one and half hour late?

  6. Germz says:

    Hey John, was that just me or was there PANDA picture on the wall!?

    1. John Chow says:

      Yes, that was a panda!

  7. Hey John, looks like the party was a bust. Not even a free Zune? Cheap-o Microsoft.

  8. Haha “Wheres the iPod party?”.
    Amen.

  9. Simon says:

    @Ed Lau – It wasn’t an industry party, it was open to anybody. The real party was in Burnaby.

    1. Stephen says:

      Sure you weren’t thinking of the EA Fight Night 4 Launch Party? If there was an event in Burnaby, MS would have told me.

      1. Leo says:

        There was a guestlist and we attended with the people from the promotions company responsible for inviting the media. There was no MS Zune party in Burnaby otherwise we would have gone too.

        1. Stephen says:

          You tell em Leo! You tell em all! πŸ˜†

        2. Simon says:

          Go to zune.ca go to parties, it will give you the email to RSVP for the parties all across Canada. It wasn’t meant as the press party but they always invite them. There was another party but it wasn’t the same night.

          1. Ed Lau says:

            Meh, they should have press only parties. I mean, you might get a bit of word of mouth from some of the partygoers but you get way more publicity by just inviting the press.

            On a somewhat related note, although I’ve never heard of the band in Edmonton, they have a seriously rad name…the Wicked Awesomes. However, that would means I would have to be in…ugh…Edmonton.

  10. Shawn Knight says:

    Wow, what a sad looking party, but thankfully some people did show up in the end. Even so… that is a tiny room for a M$ party.

  11. shanejonas says:

    shows you how terrible the zune is, and its marketing.

  12. Paolo U says:

    I have watch this on the news! πŸ’‘

  13. MoneyNing says:

    Looks like someone’s college party! Too bad it was so dark or else the Apple t-shirt might get noticed more!

  14. That’s a sad looking party… down with Microsoft!

    …hello Apple. πŸ™‚

  15. Robert says:

    Zune party sounds like punishment. “If you keep misbehaving in school Jimmy I might not get you the iPod for Christmas! Would you like that? Perhaps you’ll get a Zune and have to stay with your grandparents in New England next summer! 😈 Is that what you want?! A Zune so the other kids will laugh at you and throw rocks!?

  16. You would think a billion dollar company like Microsoft would know how to throw a good party.

  17. Wow, now that was a party! I hope for Microsoft’s sake the Zune sells better than the party was attended.

  18. Pyjammez says:

    hahaha, Apple probably hosted it and made it looks absolutely pathetic for the Zune.

  19. Syed Balkhi says:

    why were you guys the first one to show up again ?? …… wait isn’t that the rule for the party that you show up about an hour or so later

  20. Paul B says:

    The chick who wanted turning on didn’t look bad, so not a total bust but you’d think Microsoft could manage something a little bit more classy.

    Next time I’d suggest they go with unlimited free beer and maybe some pole dancers, that would work for me.

  21. Flimjo says:

    John, I like how your blog is becoming a video blog. The first of its kind, and you’re starting a new trend in blogging.

  22. pileofblogs says:

    so no free zune? what crap! hopefully there is a TEO MP-301 launch party! I think Mr. You-know-who has more money to spend than bill gates.

  23. Sha says:

    Damn. I was busy these past few days & now the video isn’t available anymore!

  24. goodcookiedrift says:

    This thread of comments saddens me. I don’t think there could be any other collective sentiments that define exactly why tech-infactuated-misanthropes who subsist on WoW (yes I cringe at that accronym) don’t fare well in social settings.

    Why were you guys at the party at 915? Of course no-one was there. it’s 915! People are still eating dinner and ‘pre-drinking’ at that point. Its a party, not a bloody door crasher event for fricking Halo 3.

    Whats with complaining about the bartenders. They are a million miles out of your league buddy and your rants of their seemingly normal “tip sign” wreaks of sexual ineptitude. There’s this thing called ‘charm’ and ‘saying nice things’ that bode better with the fairer sex than complainging how ‘pushy’ they are. Perhaps spending some money on tips would get you the tits. Complaining on how their requests were uncouth is cool if you are Mr. McBuzzkill from Dullsville, USA.

    You guys got a lonnnnng way to go in the world of socialization and you would probably fare better if you took notes from the skinny jeaned ‘fags’ you guys shat on. At least they are fun and get laid.

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