It’s surprising just how much effort it takes to put on a launch event. But then, there are quite a few moving parts – some of them quite literaly: we’ll have a truck with a huge satellite dish parked at the venue so that we can upstream the keynote live to a satellite, then spew it down the internet so that thousands of people can watch it live.
Then there’s the matter of pre-recording all of those technical sessions. That’s happening today, so we can release them onto the website on Friday at the same time as they’re delivered live here. At the moment the place is filled with film crews and cameras.
And not forgetting we have 5 customers presenting with us during various slots, showing how they have developed solutions on Windows Vista and Microsoft Office. At least one of them is flying in for the recording today, and again on Friday for the live session.
Sanjay Parthasarathy, who’s delivering the keynote, will be arriving from Seattle on Thursday – I’ve seen his presentation (or at least, as it stands today) and it looks great. And I’m working with Gordon Fraser, UK MD of Microsoft, who will kick off proceedings on Friday.
So the place is really buzzing, and the huge team of people who are putting this together are hyped up and excited….and looking forward to it! I may need a lie down afterwards though.