Microsoft Company Meeting

Note:  Everything in this blog is public information –
I went to the Microsoft Company Meeting yesterday, and of my 5 years at Microsoft, I’d have to say one of the best yet.  It’s always fun to see the upcoming technologies and the list of released products, as well as the neat things that our company is doing.  I drank the kool-aid deeply.
First, I’m a fan of the new ad campaign.  The Jerry and Bill ads were a bit weird… but the I’m a PC campaign finally makes me feel somewhat adequate that I haven’t joined the throngs of hipsters that have converted to the Mac.   What can I say… I’m not a Mac… I’m a PC…
Second, I’m pretty excited about what we’re doing with cloud computing.  I will be trying out the Live Mesh technology with my grandma.  And if there is ever a technology that my grandma can use – it’s pretty cool. 
Also, there’s so many interesting technologies slated for next year that we’ll all be using.  The demos were amazing and I think this will be the year that MS will wow the customers with product updates.  It finally feels like the upgrade features will be substantial this year.  Here is some public information about what’s coming up –
Office 14 – Super excited about the online collaboration features.  A little bit of catch up with Google, but the demos really looked like we one up’ed them with a great set of relevant features.
Windows 7 – All the efforts put in to performance excites me.  It’s one of the big reasons I sometimes like to use Linux.  
SQL Server 2008 – Fantastic business intelligence features.  It looks like we’ll be able to spend more time analyzing the data that we want and making decisions, rather than the logistics of working with a database.  Since I have to often deal with the "logistical work with the database", this will be great.
I did have to leave early and missed Steve Ballmer’s talk which was a big bummer… but as I was leaving, I heard three enormous explosions as I heard them introduce Steve Ballmer… I don’t know what that was, but I saw smoke leaking out of the roof at Safeco Stadium.  Then, about a 1/4 mile away in the parking lot, I heard Steve screaming, "I love this company" at the top of his lungs.  I’m sure most of the Sodo region heard it echoing through the streets.  He’s a rock star… and I’m bummed I missed it.  I’ll have to ask some of my coworkers to re-enact the speech for me. 
I’m sure MS shells out some big bucks in terms of putting on this elaborate show at Safeco Stadium for its employees.  It worked for me.  Ours is a pretty impressive company.

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