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See what's in the Vista roadshow swag bag

Microsoft Across America Launch Event goody bag and admission wristband

While reporters and VIPs attended Microsoft's Time Square launch party, ordinary network admins, IT consultants, IT managers, and developers attended Microsoft Across America Launch Events held around the country. Several TechRepublic editors attended the event in Louisville, Kentucky. Here is what we walked away with.

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I am going to a resellers launch on the 28th,here in new zealand. Interesting to see what we get, seems to depend on where you are. i,ll keep you posted after the bunfight lol

tony.bereshnyi
tony.bereshnyi

The presentation proved to be useful, the blue screen made me wander what was behind the blue screen. Is it a bird, a plane, no its blua vista.

John Sheesley - TechRepublic Pro
John Sheesley - TechRepublic Pro

and all I got was this lousy T-Shirt. (And Office 2007) Microsoft must not have heard of the Internet whereby they'd get caught doing something exactly like this.

etruss
etruss

I just went to the Minneapolis show yesterday. I got a "pre-release evaluation" copy of Vista Ultimate in my bag. There was an Office 2007 key in the bag and they gave me another one when I turned in my evaluation form. This might have been a mistake. I'd sure like to know if the Vista expires - nothing on the folder or the DVD mentions it expiring.

bruce.dimon
bruce.dimon

I also got the pre-release evaluation copy of ultimate in my Washington, DC swag bag. I don't know if RC-1 expires or not but I figure I'll install it on my home computer anyways. I'm guessing M$ knows we nerds will probably buy it anyways but the press guys and VIPs are cheap. :-)

etruss
etruss

What I got at the launch is not RC-1. I did get RC-1 in the mail a while ago because I was on the Beta list. I got one copy of Beta 2 and then RC-1. I checked the license on the DVD and it says nothing about it expiring. I installed it this weekend and it is definitely not a Beta or RC-1 and it works fine and there is no mention of it expiring while installing. Actually, I always thought CS people were the cheap ones. Press guys can get all kinds of free evaluation stuff so they can write reviews.

kburch
kburch

Gee you guys are lucky we don't rate a launch party until Feb 13th her in the outlands of New Mexico...

PKA
PKA

Here in Kansas we don't get on the list at all. LOL

RNR1995
RNR1995

The launch in King of Prussia is not until Feb 15th As far as free stuff goes....... Heck it is free! Why do people complain about free stuff? If you do not like it, do not take it. Simple.

ssaftler
ssaftler

I went to the San Francisco kickoff, and came home with lots of toys from the partner sites (pens, blinking lanyards, even a portable Ethernet cable). Not to mention the stack of DVDs already in the carrybag. And, best of all, if you turned in your evaluation forms early, you actually had your choice (L, XL, or XXL) of t-shirt size!

Lazarus439
Lazarus439

There was no more than 12-14 partners at the Las Vegas event, and most of them were training companies - there's a message in there some place - but, aside from a few pretty generic pens, the only real freebie was a styrofoam rocket

1ronman
1ronman

I attended the New Day launch in Tampa Florida. Even though the T-Shirt we received doesnt even say Vista on it anywhere, I cant tell you how proud I am to wear a shirt with a bunch of different partners names on it . Well, what I mean to say is I would where it but the event at Tampa only had one size. Large! I'm an IT guy. I sit at my computer all day....ok, so a large is too small. I need an XL. Want to trade? By the way, we didnt even get the glowy pen in our bag, so if you dont want yours....