Posts Tagged ‘microsoft’

Microsoft Open House: Thoughts on WP7 and Kinect

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

On Monday, Microsoft had its annual Open House. This year, it was held in New York City, and Microsoft paid for several student bloggers, including me, to cover the event. The details of my other adventures are vaguely chronicled on my Twitter, but I want to focus here on what Microsoft had to show at the event.

Windows Phone 7

WIndows Phone 7

Comes in 3 colorful flavors!

The headline event was a press conference about Windows Phone 7, Microsoft’s newest platform intended to compete with other smartphones. Here’s a quick gloss. It, unlike most Android phones, has a nifty-looking home screen, which is just a bunch of tiles for different applications. It, unlike the iPhone, is available on several different phones with different features. Let’s consider a few interesting choices they made.

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Concrete jungle where dreams are made of

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

We at TUSB get a lot of strange requests, some good, some bad. Well, it looks like I have something good, as in less than 2 hours, I’m going to out and off to New York City to cover a press conference for Microsoft’s newest fancy, Windows Phone, and the following tech demo. Microsoft generously offered to cover travel costs for student bloggers to attend the event, and they must have recognized the great dedication, sincerity, and conscientiousness that is writing for The Unofficial Stanford Blog in giving me the opportunity to go.

My mind is still blown right now from our football team’s last-second win over USC, and I wasn’t planning on sleeping tonight at this point, so I’m currently less than coherent. Even so, expect to see some coverage over the next 2 days as TUSB hits the road to offer up something very different than I have ever seen. I will need a little help on 2 things, though.

First, if anyone knows anything I should do while in Manhattan, I should have some time to enjoy it. I’m mainly looking forward to the food, but we’ll see what happens.

Second, a few of us are also supposed to be interviewing Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. It suffices to say that I am not a journalist and have no idea how to interview someone. If there’s anything in particular you want to know, leave a comment, and I’ll add that to my notes.

I might also be tweeting about things to get out quicker updates on what happens, so follow me there if you wish. If not (recommended), keep your eyes open for something exciting!