Lobster and Vista on a Mac

To say we were well received at the Microsoft Blogger’s Event yesterday would be an understatement. We were extremely well received. The occasion was: showing the progress of Windows Vista Beta 2 and Office System 2007 Beta 2 and networking with the Belgian bloggers.

First surprise: Vista on a Mac

Microsoft David VandenboschMicrosoft Tom Mertens
The presentation of Microsoft Vista and Office 2007 were done on a Mac (MacBook Pro)! Tom (“Developer Audience Marketing Manager”) did his intro, and when David (“Development Platform Advisor”) flipped up the screen of the laptop, there was that bright brash apple right in our face. Looks like Bootcamp didn’t have to wait too long to find its way on Microsoft desks.

Windows + Tab: Flip 3D
The demo went flawless, with as high points: “Flip 3D”, “Live Icons” and a vivid discussion on security (unsurprisingly, it’s better now). Some people in the crowd had been testing Office 2007, and could easily ask the hard questions (“Ok, you can blog with Word 2007, but can you include pictures?Coolz0r) As one could expect, Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook are better than before, but my heart bleeds knowing that people with bad taste have now got even more tools to make despicable designs of even the most mundane documents.

Microsoft LegalAfter that we got a short speech of the person in charge of “Windows Genuine Advantage“: the anti-software-piracy initiative of Microsoft. There we learned that they typically go after the ISV (shop), and not as much after the single end-user with a not-actually-fully-legal version of Windows/Office that he/she is typically not aware of. Phew.

Surprise 2: Lobster at the waterside

One can only admit that both location and catering were top notch. There we were, a bunch of weirdos with a blog, and we get the red carpet treatment. We did behave, though: no one got drunk and no food was thrown in a fight – not that I remember anyway. We did take a lot of pictures.
Microsoft Eten
We ate and chatted alongside a lovely little pond, while the birds were happily whistling and the fish were joyfully doing the O-thing with their beaks.
Microsoft Resto
After that we went in and played with the half a dozen laptops with Vista that were placed there. The Media Edition looks really neat, certainly when running on a nice Acer screen (AT3201W or AT3203?).
I left with the certainty that my first install of Vista is imminent. I want me some of that.

Surprise 3: price of the Acer screen

A massive screen like that, for €1200?? Ship it already!

More pictures @ pietel.be.

7 thoughts on “Lobster and Vista on a Mac”

  1. I think the Acer flatscreen TV was an AT3203 LCDTV which is sold for 1099 EUR VAT included. It might have also been the AT3205 DTV which is sold for 1.349 EUR VAT included. If you really want to know for sure which one it was, I can go and check out the screen again.

  2. The thing with WGA is that it’s an add-on that should not be there. Activation was intended to curb piracy, but it didn’t.
    Now Windows users will have WGA -on top of- activation. Anti-piracy technology on top of anti-piracy technology. And this puppy will phone home every day. Only to make sure my legitimate copy of Windows is still legitimate the next day, and the next day…. and what if I don’t have an internet connection? Is my system just going to stop working one day? What other product in the world keeps verifying whether the product you bought is still legitimately yours?

    I read that this was bundled in a ‘critical update’, where there is nothing critical about WGA. It only serves to keep the punters under control. And control is the key word here. A PC turns out to be too much of a powerful device to be left in the hands of mere users and ever more onerous technology is implemented to make the user behave. I am deeply sceptical about anyone who would so curb my liberties only to make sure their product is safe. A product, if you allow me, of which the company in its own EULA states that they don’t guarantee that it will perform the functionality, or any functionality for that matter, for which they sell it to you. So, they admit that it’s useless, but they don’t care as long as you pay for it [and yes, Apple will be doing something similar, I’m sure].

    Not on my Mac.

  3. Igor, on you WGA comment:
    – in fact, WIndows activation DOES limit casual copying of Windows XP (like my father not knowing he needs 2 licenses if he runs it on 2 PCs)
    – WGA is intended to fight pirates who willingly and wantingly run a pirated copy. And therefore undertake an act: ‘finding’ a corporate volume license key online, using a keygen tool, …
    (- to be complete: WGA also helps us find the victims of piracy; the ones that ‘received’ a copy when they bought a PC)

    On your technical WGA remarks:
    – the current WGA tool does no longer go check daily on Microsoft systems)
    – even the prior version did not go and check to see if your system was still genuine; it only went our to see if a new version of the tool was available (Microsoft was still in a pilot with WGA, then)

    Hope this clarifies

  4. Let me be very clear here, WGA (Windows Genuine Advantage) is NOT going to stop your PC from functioning, and activation is ONLY required if you have an OEM or FPP (Full Packaged Product) of Windows. This is not the case for Windows XP machines with volume license keys. Activation and WGA are 2 separate tools, each serving another purpose.

    WGA is meant to provide end-users that have a legitimate Windows with additional value (anti-spy ware, enhanced Internet Explorer, screensavers …).
    People that have paid for their Windows will continue to see additional value in their investment. And Microsoft does not charge for incremental updates to the OS.
    For a description of what WGA is, and what it does you can always have a look here:
    So claiming that ‘the puppy phones home’ is fundamentally flawed.
    WGA is entirely optional and if a customer does not want to have the Windows license validated, they will continue to receive security updates through the Windows Auto Update client; however they won’t get the additional updates, which are WGA gated.

    On the Windows Activation part of the posting:
    The activation process is fully documented, audited and commented on by independent auditing bodies. The results of their findings are posted on the Microsoft website:
    If you don’t activate Windows XP, and in the future Windows Vista, it will indeed seize functioning. However the process is very transparent and not intrusive to the end user, and if you don’t have an internet connection, you can always activate Windows by phone. It’s a one time process, and will not need to be repeated in the future.
    And in case there are still some myths about activation, just look at this myth busting post:

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