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Tech-Ed 2006: Highlights & lowlights
June 16, 2006
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This is not going to be an exhaustive list
- Office System 2007
This suite of products is just fantastic – much better than I ever thought a new release of Office could be. The new UI really really works – power users may not like it but 80% of the users will. SharePoint is just stunningly good. InfoPath is fantastic. Can’t wait to start using this stuff for real.
As with Office, this was starting to look like a release that everyone was kicking down. Some of the sessions I’ve been at this week have really helped to enforce my thinking that this is a significant release and one that we want to deploy as soon as we’ve got a good feel for application compatibility and hardware requirements.
… and for both of the above, having at least 6 months to plan for the deployment.
This is a really great city to be in – pleasant walking and lots to see.
- Wireless network
I don’t think it was just that my laptop was able to pull in a signal in all of the meeting rooms that I was in; there were very few complaints about the wireless network, particularly compared to last year. So well done to the network team for a fantastic wireless network.
- The stapleless stapler
This, I think, was possibly the best bit of swag from the whole show. You can forget about your t-shirts and funny bits of plastic/foam/rubber. This great little gadget will pin up to five sheets of paper together without needing any staples.
A general swag suggestion to the Tech-Ed organisers: how about reducing the amount of swag that is available and, instead, using the money to give a really decent gadget to all attendees? Something like a "Plays for Sure" player, or something like that.
- Mobile phones
This must have been the worst Tech-Ed for sessions being interrupted by ringing mobile phones. A request to the Tech-Ed organisers: please get speakers to start each session asking everyone to turn their mobile off or put it on vibrate.
- The bag
This year’s bag was really bad. It was uncomfortable to carry, it jangled a lot and it didn’t carry much, particularly not a water bottle. A request to the Tech-Ed organisers: please choose a backpack for ’07. It looks as if there is a healthy discussion on www.msteched.com about what the ideal bag might have by way of features.