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Recapping the Windows Vista Launch


After five years of waiting, Windows Vista finally launched yesterday. I attended the Launch Event here in Louisville Kentucky, so I thought I'd mention some of the highlights. With my Novell laptop case and my HP laptop running SuSe Linux 10.2, I took copious notes of the event using Writer in OpenOffice 2.1. (I couldn't help myself - had to do it.)

As a quick aside, I almost decided to wait a few days before posting this because I know that none of you will actually be reading this because you're all running around rolling out Vista, Office 2007, and all of the associated hardware you'll need.  Right? Nonetheless, here we go.

The first thing I should point out is that none of the little goody bags we got out here in flyover country were nearly as nice as the ones that were to be had in New York at Times Square. Bill Detwiler has done a photo gallery of what the rest of us received, but suffice it to say it left something to be desired.

The Launch Event track I attended was the IT Executive Track. This focused on Vista, Office 2007, Exchange 2007, Live Communications Server, SharePoint 2007, along with a little bit of Microsoft Dynamics thrown in for fun. It was your typical dog and pony show, with all of the mandatory demos of product - all of which ran flawlessly.

The presenter for our session did a very good job. He was entertaining and funny. He did a good job of fielding technical questions from the attendees and was ready to admit when he didn't know something. That didn't occur very often.  

What did occur that I found funny were the frequent references to Apple and Google. These happened especially during the Vista presentation emphasizing Aero Glass and the new Desktop Search features in Vista.  There was the occasional backhanded swipes that were to be expected, but not nearly that many. Instead, there was the clear admission of the influences Microsoft got from other products.  The exact quote was "We borrow from the best..."  This I thought was a surprising, if not obvious, statement coming from someone wearing a Microsoft shirt.  Naturally, that was from a presenter who was out in the middle of the country and not from Bill Gates, but even so... 

Naturally Windows Vista ran smoothly during the presentation, which was given using PowerPoint 2007. It was readily apparent why Windows Vista ran so well because during the demonstration of some features, I got a quick glimpse of the Performance Rating score of the machine. It scored a 4.2.  This compares with the measly 3.0 that our test machine gets here in the office. The presenter was using an IBM Thinkpad with a 2.0Ghz CPU and 3GB of RAM. I didn't catch the actual model number, so it may have been a dual core unit.

One of the interesting things that was demoed actually came out of the Microsoft Hardware division. This is the Microsoft Roundtable.  This is a web camera for conferences that can sit in the middle of a conference table and display all of the attendees together.

Most of the attendees of the event paid rapt attention to the presentation. There were many questions and comments, most of which the presenter was more than able to handle. I was actually surprised at a few of the ooooohs and aaaahs of some of the people around me. 

All in all, the Vista Launch event wasn't that bad. I saw some new features in Vista, Office and Exchange that I had missed during beta testing. Seeing some of the things that could be done with Microsoft Dynamics was pretty powerful as well.

Wait. I feel the implants kicking in.  Must... Go... Install... Vista...

8 comments
noelrd
noelrd

I was in Louisville also, but I wasn't taking notes on a Linux laptop! I think most of us there had already gotten a copy of Vista, either as a beta edition, or as one of the Release Candidate editions. I was more interested in the way that the new Office 2007 worked with the Vista OS. I was not disappointed in that, and was very happy to take home (download actually, with an unrestricted product key) a copy at the end of the day to experiment with. My impression is that while OpenOffice 2.1 is nice because it's free and will save as a PDF (at least for now), it really can't hold a candle to the Microsoft Office 2007 product. It's just not as good, whether running on Windows or Linux. The place was packed, by the way, and the presentation was not perfectly accomplished by any means, but it was a very good presentation. I saw the IBM Thinkpad sitting there also. They were running several virtual machines at one time during part of the presentation.

jmgarvin
jmgarvin

While I'll agree that Calc needs some work (Excel is superior), Writer is superior to Word is every way that I can see and Impress is Powerpoint (horray). I'll stick to OO for stability and ease of use. Friggin' Office 2007 is annoying and the "ribbon" is the most irritating UI to hit the market in decades.

bnewsom
bnewsom

. . .assuming you saw the same team I did, which is likely, since I saw them in Cincinnati, right up the road from Louisville.

John Sheesley - TechRepublic Pro
John Sheesley - TechRepublic Pro

You're probably right. I should have been paying better attention to the equipment. I guess I was just too bedazzled with Aero Glass in action... Thanks for the clarification tho!

jgmsys@yahoo.com
jgmsys@yahoo.com

"We borrow from the best?" Well, if the best is someone else's product, why should we go with Vista? Why buy Microsoft at all?

david_scott
david_scott

how can you go from an xbox controller to a pen? i installed enterprise yesterday after downloading the day prior (made the whole agency's internet slow down--ooops) the first thing i did is try to make it look like win 2000 as much as possible---classic menus, classic theme, etc...which took me 10 minutes to find these options the first two programs i tried to install, both bombed as they weren't compatible. one was mcafee managed virus scan and the other proxy host from proxy networks. needless to say i won't be deploying vista in my environment anytime soon

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