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September 14, 2005

PDC Day 1: Notes

Some quotes from Bill:

  • "We're nowhere near halfway through what we can do with software."
  • "This is the year of transition from 32 to 64 bits."
  • "The client is a place of innovation."

The parts of Chris Capossela's Windows Vista demo that got applause:

  • Alt-tab in Vista showing mini previews of the apps.
  • The "flip 3-D" feature where you can view Windows like a deck of cards.
  • Virtual folder information being stored as XML files.
  • Tabbed browsing in IE 7.
  • Quick tabs on IE (viewing mini views of a set of pages, which can be saved as favorites--very nifty).
  • IE shrink-to-fit printing.

Some things the closed caption typist (who did a heck of a job) got wrong:

  • logs instead of blogs.
  • MSN Surge instead of MSN Search.
  • Our assess instead of RSS (after which he/she gave up and called it RSF for the rest of the talk).
  • Riding software instead of writing software.
  • medi-data instead of metadata.
  • RSS fee instead of RSS feed.
  • chronictivity instead of connectivity.

The parts of Chris Capossela's Office 12 demo that got applause:

  • Data bar for visualization.
  • Automated color gradient.
  • Galleries/live previews.
  • Automatic conversion of first row to table headings as you scroll down.
  • Live preview of new fonts.
  • Converting a bulleted list to graphics (flow chart, circle diagram, etc).
  • "Glow" effect on shapes.
  • Recycle bin in Sharepoint.
  • Right-click option on an email to turn it into a task.
  • Attachment preview in Outlook.

Most interesting quote from Jim Allchin:

  • "For gaming, the personal computer will always be ahead of the power of game consoles, because the platform is extensible.

Bill Gates' final slide for developers:

  • Build on the foundation.
  • Focus on user experience.
  • Build connected systems.
  • Rude the 2006 PC wave.
  • Software is the key.

Posted by AdamBa at September 14, 2005 10:51 AM

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> Rude the 2006 PC wave.

Ride the 2006 PC wave. :-P

Posted by: Aayush Puri at September 15, 2005 03:33 AM

Adam I'm intruiged by the BillG quote - "The client is a place for innovation". Can you elaborate on the context for the quote?

Posted by: David Daniels at September 15, 2005 04:51 AM

Or maybe it was "Write the 2006 PC wave?"

David, his point is that the future is not all server-based apps viewed in a web browser. There is a lot of innovation available through rich client applications, especially given the new features of Windows Vista.

- adam

Posted by: at September 15, 2005 10:54 AM