Saturday, June 24, 2006

EnergizeIT: Windows Vista

I've experienced streaming media presentations from Microsoft before, but today's EnergizeIT event confirms the dedication of Microsoft to the IT Pro community. There are at least 100 of us doing the same. I doubt many of these are recovering cancer patients like me, but they each have their own reasons why a trip to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on a Saturday morning is out of the question

As I write, I am watching Barry Goff, a product manager from Microsoft at Redmond, and chief experience officer, Bruce Cowper, a member of the Canadian IT TechNet team, demonstrating how to become productive with Windows Vista. Specifically, they are showing Windows Meeting Space, a new collaboration tool for Vista that allows separate ad hoc networking independent of existing networks.

Not only do I greatly appreciate the real-time opportunity to be there without being there, I can go back in subsequent days to view archives of the presentation. In other words, these events provide me with free training available anywhere, anytime for any reason. Cool! Very cool!

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Friday, June 16, 2006

Bill Gates Makes a Transition

Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer announced yesterday that Gates will be scaling back his responsibilities at Microsoft (he will remain Chairman indefinitely) over a 2-year period to assume a full-time role with the Gates Foundation and a part-time role with Microsoft. Ray Ozzie has already assumed the role of chief software architect at Microsoft and will work cooperatively with Bill Gates concerning technical product decisions during the transition period.

Channel 9 has a full interview with Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates from yesterday. You can also access the news from Robert Scoble's blog. The latter is especially interesting in reading comments from Robert's readers.

There is also a news conference available for those who still prefer traditional media.
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