The day started early as we took the first shift on the MEET boot talking to people about user communities. Some of us gently offered the people an espresso or cappuccino whilst applied some peer pressure to have people sign up for the Microsoft Virtual Academy (“MVA”).
More than enough volunteers for the community lounge, so I attended some sessions myself. As I missed the pro-exchange preview around Lync Mobile clients I was obviously eager to attend the real one. After a quick bite it was up to Microsoft to try to bust some myths on Office 365.
Afterwards I had the chance to talk with lots of people; customers, colleagues, fellow community members etc. Being, albeit just a small, part of the event certainly helps there. Did some interviews with a Flip video cam, together with my colleague Michael a long the way.
Attended two more sessions, the first one on Hybrid deployments of Office 365, while the last one covered SQL Server 2012 which will be released shortly.
Some general comments on the event:
- Met several people with completely drained batteries on their smartphones (all of the smart phone OS’s). Perhaps we need to think of a mobile charging station instead of an espresso machine for next year. There seems to be a need for it. Or hand out some of these Duracell chargers as goodies.
- A lot of people mentioned the hall way being to crowded.
On to a, hopefully, interesting second day. There are some sessions on Windows Server 8 Hyper-V and AD I’d like to attend. We’ll also benefit from the occasion to sit together as pro-exchange core members.