I like working for Microsoft (That's in case my boss is listening :-)) but it has never been as much fun as it was today. As you know by now Windows 7 launched today. I was asked to volunteer to go to my local Best Buy and demonstrate the features of Windows 7 to their customers.
What a blast! As an Architect Evangelist for Microsoft I deal mostly with enterprise customers so I had never done anything like this before, dealing directly with consumers. It was a great experience. Not only was the response to Windows 7 universally positive but it also accounted for record computer sales at this Best Buy. Computers were literally flying off the shelves. I spoke to the person at the door who was responsible for logging out every sold computer as it left the store. On a good day they were selling about 10 computers (this Best Buy is not in a major population area.) By noon they already had sold twice that number!
Most of the customers that I spoke to indicated that they had been to the store recently looking for a computer but had decided to wait until they could get one loaded with Windows 7. Several of the customers were looking for a computer for small children in the 8-13 year old range. In particular the Parental Controls features were a big hit with them. Others just liked the little usability features that permeate the operating system.
Happy is Here, and I have no doubt that More Happy is Coming. 🙂