Live Streaming the Future of the Desktop tour Toronto Stop! Awesome!

Wow… here I am in Ottawa (in my home office), connected to one of the three live streams (one in Ontario with ColdFusion, one in BC with RackForce and one in the UK with Internet Technology Products inc) to watch Damir and Bruce put on the Future of the Desktop tour live in Toronto.  To be different, I decided to connect up to the UK stream to test the performance across the pond – so far, the quality is GREAT.

Besides watching the stream and seeing Damir talk about Exchange 2007, I am also working behind the scenes answering questions on the LiveMeeting Q&A page.

We’re testing this out to see if it works well enough to supplement our methods of reaching a larger audience across Canada.  I’ve already heard of a number of customers who are connecting up to the stream and have a board room set aside to allow for a larger internal audience to watch. I have asked them to send me an email / comment to share their experience and how it went.

What do you think? Is this a good way to reach IT Pros across Canada when we can’t get to your city directly on the tour?  Drop me an email with the Ask a Question logo on the left or leave a comment on this post to give us your feedback.

The URL for the live meeting is:


To Download the Live Meeting Console:


Additionally, you will need Windows Media player to view the streamed video and audio.  Windows Media Player can be downloaded from:


Comments (4)

  1. John Harvie says:

    Rick the concept was fine and works well, however, we here on the West Coast were told it started at 9 a.m. our time. When we all logged on, the first session was almost over so we missed it. I understand they will have the first session available on line later next week, but in reality we’ve taken the day off for this for nothing.
    So here we are getting the second session and they keep refering to the first session. That’s like watching a movie from halfway through then seeing the beginning at the end.
    I guess the centre of the universe is Toronto and we here on Vancouver Island are the poor cousins.

  2. rclaus says:

    Hey John,

    I am sorry to hear there was a confusing reminder email that went out to you regarding the start time of the event.  I checked back with the Events team and apparently there wasn’t an option to localize (i.e. timezone) the REMINDER emails.

    Long story short – we messed up this time, but thanks for your comments, we won’t miss this the next time.  

    I understand your frustration with being out west and feeling like "Eastern Standard Time" events are leaving you short changed. Do you have some suggestions on how we can serve it up better for a west coast audience?

    Should we have the option of Live as well as time delayed streams that are more suitable start times for west coast time zones?  Any ideas?

    I will make sure we don’t mess up the invites for the next time around regarding the start time. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

    Because of this – we’ve made the archives available RIGHT NOW… Check them out if you like… 3 sessions are queued up right now – fourth is being added once the recording is complete.

    Rick Claus
    IT Pro Advisor
    (based in Ottawa, originally from the East Coast in New Brunswick – the real centre of the universe)


  3. John Harvie says:

    Thank you for your response, we are now watching from the beginning.

    Perhaps time delayed broadcast may be an answer, but with that no direct questions could be asked presenters such as is available now live.

    Posting starting times no matter from where would allow us to be in right from the start. Heck, in our chosen line of work we work all hours of the night anyway so starting at 6 a.m. PST or 9 a.m. Eastern is nothing new for us.

    Our coffee pot is on 24 hours and the pizza guy has a direct line and route to the office.

    Thanks for the response.

    J. B. Harvie


  4. Anonymous says:

    The title says it all!!

    The past couple of weeks, and the week ahead of us, have seen some great things…

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