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OT. Vista & Office launch

I took the Bart down to San Francisco and joined a couple thousand other
nerds to watch the Vista/Office launch.

The receptionist was quite pleasant and getting the event packets a
smooth process.

First we watched the standord keynote session where companies that have
implemented Vista extolled its virtues.

Vista appears to be a nice operating system. I think the desktop action
of viewing our open windows as a stack of collapsable cards is slick.
Some of the other graphics I saw throughout the sessions are very nice too.

Distributing Vista, or upgrading the OS to Vista, will be
straightforward and a boon to IT folk.

HP gave out the hit "convention" favors; an acrylic HP and Microsoft
piece with a bright blue led light that flashed in various modes. I
turned it on once when I was driving back home and quickly turned it
off...didn't want people to think I was the cops pulling them over or on
a Code 10.

The lunch was excellent; thick, delicious sandwiches with a side of an
Italian rice salad filled with sun-dried tomatoes and a brownie that
screamed chocolate.

After lunch I picked up my copy of Office Professional 2007 and a very
nice designed MS-Vista t-shirt...sure to wow other tech folk.

I then went to 2 afternoon developer sessions.

My one, big disappointment was that Access wasn't mentioned. Sharepoint
was. Excel was. Word was. But no Access. Most demos were focused on
Sharepoint and Outlook.

I'm not sure where VBA is positioned. Most demos displayed C# code. I
came away with the perception that if you are going to program in Office
or Vista, C# is the tool of choice....forget the rest, go with the best.

My overall impression of the event leans toward a letdown. MS's
approach to the event was to sling a lot of stuff at the wall and hope
that some of it sticks. I did not get a compelling reason from MS to
switch unless you like 3-D graphics.

I wish MS had shown more features of what Vista can do compared to what
XP can't do. The same holds true with the Office demos. I didn't see
much in new features or upgrades. Some demos were interesting but I
couldn't see applicability. What point were these people attempting to

I think the most interesting demo I saw was the ability to insert images
into listboxes. In fact, one demo of car modesl was entirely visual and
comprised mostly of listbox images. That was quite mindblowing.

The presenters should not assume all people are experts in Vista and
Office 2007. If they were, there'd be little to show at the event. I
say this because the windows are flying here and there, stuff is popping
up here and closing there, but there was no explanation behind it. I
would have preferred the presenters to say "Before I show you this, I am
going to use the following apps to make a point. The point is ... and
the value of doing this is ..." I was constantly trying to determine
what program the person had opened, what program they had closed, what
program the code was associated with, and what the purpose of the demo
was. After a while I could only feel confused.

I would have preferred more "this is a sharepoint application that has a
very nice data entry screen running inside IE" or "if you like
listboxes, wait until you see this!" type of approach. If you sling the
mud hoping some will stick, you need to tell us why you are slinging the

I don't think you'll see the rush of people upgrading to Vista like the
rush to upgrade to Win 3.1 or Win95. The same may hold true with Office
2007. MS needed to give people more reasons to upgrade and I think they
failed in that task. Will I move on to Vista? Yes. As a developer, I
believe it will open up opportunities for me and others. The companies
that do so will be those that want to be on the cutting edge. But a lot
of mom and pop offices will wait for awhile.

This is only my opinion; right or wrong.

I was hoping to see more reasons for upgrading.

Jan 31 '07 #1
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