Behind the Music: Exchange 2010 Demo at TechEd Europe 2009

Well, it’s been a week and change since we formally launched Exchange Server 2010 at this year’s edition of TechEd Europe. The highlight of this announcement (in this humble blogger’s opinion) was the Exchange 2010 demo delivered in Stephen Elop’s keynote address to over 5,500 #TEE09 attendees.  As a quick aside, that TechEd keynote hall…


Day 6 – Vienna!

Yup, I’m a few days behind on my daily Bus Tour postings.  The good news is: I survived the Tour, and it was truly amazing experience.   Before I share my thoughts and feelings about what life on “The Bus” was like, I still need to catch you up on days 6 and 7 of the…


Day 5 – München mag Dich!

Our Wednesday was spent in beautiful Munich, Germany and included getting some much needed post-bus ride rest before our event at the Campus. The drive to Munich was good fun, as we kicked back in the main lounge area of “The Bus”, including watching “In Bruges” – a DVD Bob brought along. Here’s my next…


Random Musings from Aboard a Bus to Vienna

It’s almost 1am, and I am relaxing in the forward lounge of the second deck of the Career Express.  Based on the Live Bus Tracker, we’re a little under 2 hours away from Vienna: I finally got my rented air card working again, and now have “screaming” Internet access, so I briefly checked my e-mail…


Day 4 – If it’s Tuesday, it must be Frankfurt

Gutten Tag! Day 4 of the European adventure takes us to Frankfurt, Germany.  The journey has been a lot of fun, albeit tiring.  Once more here’s some video evidence of what’s been happening on the road: And, thanks to everyone who has watched the videos and provided the feedback about the volume levels! — hama


Day 3 – Giggin’ in Amsterdam

Today, I officially kicked off my participation as a crew member of “The Bus Tour” (exciting, eh?)! We started the day bidding farewell to contest winner Christopher, who was heading back to France ahead of TechEd.  And, then Ken, Stephen, and I headed over to Compu’Train-BvO to do our first presentations of the day (and…


Day 2 – Boarding the Bus

After having a nice stroll around the city of Amsterdam on Saturday, and then a relaxing boat ride through the famous canals on Sunday, I boarded “The Bus” for the very first time! At approximately 830p on Sunday evening, eight members of “The Crew” (not the motley kind) left the Golden Tulip Hotel in Amsterdam…


Day 1 – The Trip to Amsterdam

The morning after watching a really exciting, albeit frustrating nil-nil result, Sounders FC MLS playoff match at Qwest Field, I boarded a Northwest Airlines flight bound for Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. This is the first of many stages of travel I’ll embark on over the next two weeks.   And, instead of using the “written word” to…


What? A Bus Tour Across Central Europe?

Hello world! I’m being serious. I’ve just resurfaced after spending nearly two weeks in a “executive keynote demo bunker”, building out a cool demo rig for a big upcoming event (wink, wink).  Man, I had a beard and everything, and mostly sustained myself with Starbucks coffee, good humor, and the thousand degree temperatures that come…