One of the great things about working at Microsoft is that you get to meet and talk to some of the greatest minds in the world.
Soon after I blogged about WWT, Microsoft Research showcased it’s work to all employees at an event called Techfest. Techfest is all the next and future generation stuff from Microsoft under one roof and is an amazing event.
One of my favorite moment at Techfest was at the booth for WWT. Curtis Wong, the leader of WWT project was manning the booth himself. I stood right next to him and he walked me through the product like I’m his most important customer. To add to it, they gave me a preview of the application soon afterwards.
Even though I don’t know anything about astronomy, the start and the galaxies, it was still a very interesting application. More than anything else, the User eXperience (UX) of the application amazes me. Since it is not a public beta yet, I’ll refrain from posting any screenshots. But I can’t wait to for astronomers and professionals to post tours and let me learn a lot more about Astronomy and realize how insignificant I am in the world beyond ourselves!