Hello everyone! I’m finally back after a long rest.
Right now I’m sitting at the AMC Pacific Place 11 Theater in Seattle. They have some Windows commercials on the big screen that are on a repeat while Denali tries to get their presentation up and running. So far they are 20 minutes late and I have no idea what is going on.
I have to say that so far this year I am unimpressed. They moved the venue from the Washington State Convention Center (right across the street from here) to this theater. There are only half a dozen vendors here this year as opposed to the 3-dozen present at the Server 2008/Vista event in 2008.
Denali has finally managed to get their gear working, only 26 minutes late which left me to choose between the Windows Phone session or this Denali session. I’m sticking with Denali since it was Windows 7 related even though the original agenda would have allowed me to attend both sessions. The presenters seem like they weren’t prepared to give a session at all. They rattled off the basic stats about their company. Then the speaker cracks a joke about how they are terrible at presentations, but that Microsoft is letting them give a way an XBox if we stay and listen. This does not fill me with confidence or optimism for the quality of the next presenters.
At the end of the “pre-show” vendor presentations there is a drawing for 3 XBox 360’s. So many people have left that they had to keep calling out new numbers for several minutes just to get 3 winners. Remember folks, this is still before the show starts, so those people who left early also forfeited their Windows 7 discs as well. It feels like it’s minutes to midnight here before it’s even begun. (Kudos to anyone who gets that reference)
The drawing is finally over and there are more technical issues cropping up, as seems to be the theme for the day. The Windows 7 track (not sure about the Server and Exchange Tracks) is now officially starting late. The presenters finally make their way to the front. They gloss over almost everything, no deep diving into details at this event at all. They don’t stick to the agenda, and end up talking about the same 2 or 3 technologies almost endlessly.
This is “The New Efficiency”?
Starting late, dropping vendors, lowering attendance rates by using smaller venues, lowering the catering to apples, nutrigrain bars, and water, not having your equipment already setup, and having speakers who aren’t prepared to use the actual agenda. Oh, and not providing 64-bit media for attendees while repeating how awesome 64-bit is over and over again throughout the event.
I have to say if this is how Microsoft intends to continue marketing Windows 7 to the IT crowd they are going to have a long road ahead of them.