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Palm Treo Pro – First Impression

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I got a new phone today, the Palm Treo Pro (unlocked edition).  I am switching from the HTC Touch Diamond.  This is my first non-HTC device in quite some time.  My first impressions of the Palm Treo Pro as good.  It is nice to have a full QWERTY keyboard back.  Even with the full keyboard the screen size does not suffer.  The phone handles nicely, speedy transitions and programs load quickly.  So far so good ūüôā

This afternoon I loaded a series of programs to give the phone a run.  This includes: Office, Live Services, Office Communicator, One Note, and Live Mesh.   

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March 9, 2009 at 8:11 pm

Windows 7 Toolbar

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I have been using Windows 7 for about 2 weeks now and so far the experience has been fabulous.  I am running build 7000, it is fast and stable. 

One of the most noticeable and sleep new features is the new toolbar.

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The toolbar automatically groups common windows together, which can then be expanded by hovering over the icon in the toolbar.  In the snapshot above you can see that I have two instances of PowerPoint opened, as well as three instances of Internet Explorer 8.  Also, and this is one of the sleekest features, you can see that I have placed both Tweetdeck, Zune, Word, Excel, and OneNote in the toolbar at a fixed location.  So, whether the program is currently running or not, it will always be in the same location on my toolbar.  In order to open the program you can simply click on the icon, or hold down SHIFT to open multiple new instances of the application.

Finally, if you look closely at the IE8 icon you can see that I currently downloading something, the progress being reflected by the green status bar in the icon.

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January 21, 2009 at 10:59 am

Invincible Mailbox – Microsoft’s Live@edu

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I want to take this chance to write a little bit about Microsoft‚Äôs Live@edu email offering.  Central to the Live@edu offer is Exchange Labs, which offers an unprecedented 10 GB of email storage as well as 20 MB attachments.  This is a fully exchange enabled mailbox that gives students all the advantages of an enterprise solution ‚Äď for free.

Students can share calendars and contacts with friends and also schedule meetings utilizing the free/busy function of Exchange. In terms of hosted email solutions for students at Higher Education and K12 institutions this is the most advanced and feature rich option out there.

Live@edu update

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I was just going through my portfolio positions at TD Ameritrade and came across a newwire from Microsoft (MSFT).  This morning Microsoft annouced a series of new additions to the Live@edu offer (recall: this was the product I managed this summer).

Live@edu will be one of the first programs to integrate the new Office Live Workspace into its service lineup.  It appears like there are already several universities involved in an early adopter program, including: Ball State University, DeVry University, Florida Community College at Jacksonville, Indiana University, Kentucky Community and Technical College System, Michigan State University, University of Illinois, the University of Pennsylvania, Rio Salado College of the Maricopa Community Colleges, University of Washington and Vanderbilt University.

Also, in addition to Office Live Workspace, Live@edu is also pushing the available storage space for all accounts to 5GB, up to 1 GB of password-protected online storage space, automatic e-mail reply, and IP address whitelisting, which keeps e-mail messages sent from university mail servers from getting caught in spam filters.

Since Live@edu launched in March 2005, more than 400 schools from more than 30 countries have chosen the Live@edu suite, including Bryant University, San Jose State University, South Dakota State University, the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Arts and Sciences, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and William Carey University. The most recent school system to “go Live” is City University of New York (CUNY).¬† I wish I could take more credit for this, but the team of people working on thie project is absolutely fantastic!!

Washington DC – Part 4 (final)

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Today was the second and final day of Campus Technology Summit.  Once again we had trouble getting good foot-traffic to the booth, but I actually opened a second booth in the larger exhibit hall.  We got to send people our way from there.

mid-day we had Kenneth Pierce, the IT Director from the University of Texas – El Paso present to customers in our hospitality suite about his experience implementing Live@edu for the students.¬† The attending crowd was very¬†interested and asked several compelling questions about the technical aspect of¬†Live@edu as well as the student’s perception of the email system.

Sadly, this day was very hectic as I had to leave mid-afternoon to catch a flight to Germany.  I am now sitting in Dulles airport with only a few minutes to spare before boarding.  I will be off blogging for a few days while traveling to Germany.  Cheers!

Washington DC – Part 3

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Today, was Day 2 of Campus Technology Summit in DC and the first of two days worth of exhibits.  The booth is looking really good, considering all the trouble I have been trough in getting things figured out prior to the event.

We had a great Microsoft presence at the event with Bruce Gabrielle and myself representing the Live@edu team, Kathy Richardson for Zune, and Rachel Drossman from the Office 2007 team.

We had a pretty even flow of foot traffic in the booth throughout the day, but as expected it was a little too slow for my taste.  The exhibit organizers were good about working with us and tried several things to drive more traffic into our exhibit hall.  Really, this was just bad planning on Campus Technologies part, but they are doing their share to rectify the issue.

The crowd is an interesting mix between tech-savvy faculty, IT decision makers, and university administrators.    I met with several current customers and we had great conversations around their needs.  Seems like there is a lot of talk about Live@edu and many are showing great interest.  We have a good list of people to follow up with once we are back in Redmond.

I also had the chance to give a brief product demonstration presentation in our hospitality suite.  A great opportunity to talk in greater details about the many features of live@edu.  The attending crowd was very interested and asked many follow up questions.  YAY!

All in all, a great first day.   However, I really hope we can drive more people to our booth tomorrow.

Washington DC – Part 2

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Today, was Day 1 of Campus Technology Summit in DC.  I met with our vendor to discuss details about the booth and ensure that everything falls into place nicely.  The venue itself is looking good, but for some reason the three platinum sponsors (HP, Trumba, Microsoft) are in a separate room from all the other exhibitors.  I hope this is not going to affect the traffic that we will get during the event hours. We shall see.

We had a hard time getting all our materials together for the booth, but my vendor (Meeting Solutions INC) did an outstanding job finding them all and hunting down the right people to get everything set up.  Apparently union laws prohibit exhibitors from just setting up the booth by themselves.  Anyway, I am really tired and the official event hasn’t even started yet.  Stay tuned for more about Campus Technology Summit.