Archive for the ‘Vista’ Category
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.
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.
I want to take this chance to write a little bit about Microsoft’s 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 – 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.
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!
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.
My friend Chris beat me to the punch on this one, but I wanted to also briefly explore the genius that is Microsoft SharedView (beta). Another Live service in the making, SharedView allows several users to collaborate in real-time via an Internet connection. All it takes is for the participants to install the freeware on their laptops/desktops and a stable (preferably quick) Internet connection.
Within just a few minutes, you can begin collaborating as a team. You have several options, share your own desktop and allow others to view whatever you see on your screen, join another person on their screen, or even take control of you session participants desktop. The participants may hand each other full control of their respective computers. This makes for great collaboration on documents/presentations/or troubleshooting.
Chris, pointed out correctly that a higher connection speed is favorable, otherwise things might get a little choppy. Over a wireless connection you can observe a slight delay (mouse trailing your actual movement by a fraction of a second or so) but over my cable line things are smooth as butter. Other than that, this is an amazing tool that will make group collaboration and communication much more engaging and effective.
For those of you with Vista, try out Microsoft Meeting Space, which is the hosted version of essentially the same product.
I just got kicked off my email and phone for the next four hours. I am part of the newest roll-out for the new unified communications beta. Starting at 4pm today I will be using our new Unified Messaging tools.
Certainly a damper to my productivity right now, but I am looking forward to trying out the new system. It should be very exciting and I will definitely post about my experience here. I will be using the new beta of Office Communicator 2007 as well as the Catalina Unified Messaging (UM) telephone. Stay tuned for more to come.
Although, I said I would post more often I failed to do so for several weeks. I am still at Microsoft working with the Windows Live Commercial/Google Compete team. There is a lot to do and my project has been keeping me busy. Currently I am planning our Microsoft presence at the Campus Technology Summit in Washington, DC. I caught a hot potatoe with this event, because nothing really was organized in advance. Now, I am making sure we have a good presence at the event – especially considering that we are a platinum sponsor.
The event is held annualy by the Campus Technology Magazine and should attract 700+ IT decision makers, administrators, and faculty/staff. It takes place in 2 weeks in DC and should give us the opportunity to talk to some great potential customers. I am hoping to combine my own product (Windows Live@edu) with some of the other Microsoft service offerings. This will include Xbox, Zune, and Office, etc.
So far, this has been a great learning experience because I am trying to pull all sorts of groups and team together on a timeline about 2 months shorter than usually necessary. Problematic only because my actual deliverable (the FY 08 Marketing Plan for @edu) has to be developed as well.
I will keep you all posted on my progress and also hope to comment more on what I am actually doing this summer.