This blog is where I post about my consulting work with Microsoft Technologies, and other random tidbits that don't fit in my Photo Blog or my Iraq Blog.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Bill Gates keynote at the Office Developers Conference 2008

I'm working the "Architects @ Microsoft" booth at the Office Developers Conference in San Jose this week, but my booth doesn't open until 12:30, and so I had time to take some pictures at the Bill Gates keynote before I get to work in the exhibit hall...

I was standing at the back of the hall with one of the convention center security guards, who doesn't now anything about Microsoft, but has probably watched a lot of keynote speeches over the years. About an hour into Bill's presentation he turned to me, and said, "Wow, he really knows his stuff doesn't he."

I theory Bill should be coasting into his upcoming retirement from day to day involvement at Microsoft, but you would never guess it by watching him speak to a thousand developers for an hour and a half here at ODC 2008.

The view from mission control at the back of the hall. The technician on the left is running the teleprompter for the speakers (no most of them don't do it all from memory... but I'm not sure about Bill).

FedEx had a major demo in the keynote showing off a cool new OBA application they've developed to integrate package shipping and tracking into Outlook. At the end of the demo this FedEx delivery guy ran up on stage with a package for Bill.

The box contained a custom Guitar Hero guitar that is going to be auctioned off to some lucky ODC attendee.

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