TechEd is already over and I feel like it went by
in a blur. There was so much going on that it was hard to
choose which session to attend.
backpack that attendees received was jam-packed with disks,
coupons and fliers from many of the companies in the exhibit
area, as well as a T-shirt and cap.
There were breakout labs, technical learning
centers for many different Microsoft products, interactive
theaters and hands-on labs.
The convention center here is huge. It
can take upwards of 20 minutes to walk from one session to the
The Exhibit Hall is filled with vendors who
have products that can make life a lot easier for ITs.
Giveaways were everywhere, from something as simple to a pen to
the usual caps and T-shirts to a classic motorcycle and $7500.
of my favorite events was the Women in Technology luncheon.
It's gratifying to see how this event has grown over the past
few years. This photo shows only about half of the hall.
Frank LaVigne, another Microsoft Tablet PC MVP
had a couple of sessions on developing for the Tablet PC.
I talked to vendors who are interested in adding ink to their
applications and sent them to Frank and to those at Microsoft
who work with Tablets and ISVs.
I also talked with a representative at HP
about their marketing a swivel screen notebook. To be
fair, HP has never pushed the tx1000 as a Tablet PC, but we're a
bit concerned that consumers may mistake the lower-priced unit
for a Tablet PC.
I've added some of
the information I was given today to the review we did on the HP
tx1000. I want to be sure that people realize
that not all the machines in the series have Tablet
I also got to see a few of the newer Tablets
and UMPCs, including a prototype from Fujitsu. As you can
see from the mouse next to it, this is a very compact machine.
Although not a Tablet form factor (yet) this
Asus' wood case made with renewable bamboo was an attention
If you didn't get to attend
person, you can stay apprised of all the news from Mix07 at
The Tablet and Touch
Technology Team had a good representation of products here,
and in more than one location. It's nice to see the
attention these are getting. It's just more proof that
people are interested. Once there's wider availability
in stores where people can get hands on before they buy I'd
expect sales to take off even more.
For some photos of a couple of newer
devices you may not yet have seen, click to see our Mix07
Vista Launched and The Tablet PC was there!
I was in New
York City at the Windows Vista Launch for General Availability.
What a party it was. I've been running Windows Vista since it
was first made available to technical beta testers. This was the
culmination of a lot of testing, bug reporting, complaining and more
testing. As far as I'm concerned, no matter what anyone says,
Windows Vista is an operating system that's better than anything else
that's come before. For Tablet PCs, there are a lot of changes,
such as improved handwriting recognition, handwriting training that
we've been asking for since the Tablet PC OS was first released and a
single image that can be used for all different versions of Windows
I love New
York City, so having the opportunity to have been there and attend the Windows
Vista Launch as well was great! The coach we toured the East Coast
in came up to NYC as well and got a lot of notice.
For photos from inside
the venue as well as Times Square, check our coverage of the Launch.
My second favorite event this year had to be the Windows
Vista RTM Lab that was held the weekend preceding CES. As usual,
Nick White did a great job of bringing in interesting presenters who
gave us an understanding of Windows Vista that we were privileged to
get. We saw some things that had happened in the background that
didn't get all the recognition that the more publicized side of Windows
Vista has been getting. One of the unique sessions was about
photography by famed environmentalist Art Wolfe. The photos were
almost unbelievable. Some of the other sessions gave us news about
some things yet to be announced, so be sure to keep an eye on the
Windows Vista Blog.
exciting was the opportunity to have lunch with Jim Allchin.
Anyone who has followed this site knows that I'm a big fan. I
think Jim has done to keep the end-user at the forefront of the Windows
Vista development has had a huge effect. For a couple of releases
now, we've felt that the everyday consumer was being ignored in favor of
the large enterprise. One sale compared to hundreds or thousands
doesn't seem like much of a choice, but that one consumer could be the
person who's in charge of the purchase of those additional licenses at
his place of employment. If he's not happy with his experience at
home, he may not be willing to recommend the product to his board.
presented with an individual award from Jim Allchin. I asked that
he sign mine, and soon others followed suit. This is something
only about 25 people have, so I'm especially proud of it.
Be sure to
check for details about the Windows Vista Coach Tour. I was on the coach for the entire
trip. We've set up a special page to bring you all the
information, news and photos of the tour.
it out here.