I loved Tech Ed this year! Office 2007 is driving a lot of awareness and I was happy to be there to experience that. I was hanging out at the Visual Studio Tools for Office booth and I enjoyed a lot talking to Partners, MVPs, ISVs, and IT professionals that wanted to learn more about VSTO v3 and the 2007 Microsoft Office System. For me it's always fascinating to listen about development projects related with Office. I go there thinking I will be able to share some knowledge, but it's always people who teach me about new things and I enjoy taking about great ideas for tools, software development projects, third-party components and listen to feedback about things we could be doing better.
Here are some pictures that I wanted to share with you:
The Office System lounge was full at all times. We had demos about InfoPath, SharePoint Designer, SharePoint Server, VSTO, Groove, Visio, Office Professsional, and more.
I could see people were quite interested about new products and technologies, but overall, I saw a lot of interest of people to start experimenting and learning how to work with:
Chalk Talks about SharePoint products and technologies and 2007 Office System were delivered every 20 minutes. What I like about Chalk talks is that you get to see few slides and great demos. Since the audience is small, you can shoot questions to the speaker. I loved this format and enjoyed hanging out to watch some of them.
Here I am with Randy Byrne, Ryan Gregg, and Tom Devey. We were sharing the VSTO booth and had a lot of fun together. We were giving out the 7 Development Projects for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 book as pancakes, and the funniest part is that we ran out of copies for ourselves!
Randy and I celebrated our birthdays wearing the blue uniform.
|Boston is a beautiful city and there are lots of good spots to take pictures. I took this picture outside the New England Acuarium, where the Office team was throwing a party for Office and SharePoint MVPs and Partners.|
|Here we are at the 2007 Office System MVP & Partner Appreciation Party having fun, talking, and having lobster for dinner! I am sure the Office and SharePoint MVPs and Partners enjoyed being here.|
|Jay Paulus, Heather Newman, Justin Chandoo, and Sarah Jamieson planned all the logistics for everything that had to do with the Office System at Tech Ed 2006. They worked a lot to make everything perfect and they were very happy as you can see.|