SBS 2008 Slide Deck Download

sbs_2008_logo_small In case you missed the SMB Summit in Texas last week, there’s still an opportunity to get public information on SBS 2008 and EBS 2008.  There are slide decks and other information available on the Microsoft Partner (https://partner.microsoft.com)* for SBS 2008 and EBS 2008:

* Note: You must be a Microsoft Registered, Certified or Gold Partner to access the download site.

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Hello Dalai

I’m in Seattle this week for the MVP Summit, and I happen to be rooming in the Grand Hyatt, which (by coincidence) is where the Dalai Lama is staying. To steal a joke from Jeff Middleton, “It took Microsoft this long to make him an MVP?” 😉

Security in the hotel is unbelievably tight, and the guards with guns have -20 sense of humor points, so we have to be on our best behavior. Eriq scored some video of Big DL, and I nabbed a picture:

Helloooooooo Dalai

Since we can’t joke around downstairs (other than to snicker while saying “Gunga galunga”) I turn to the master, Bill Murray:

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Windows Mobile – Handy Apocalypse Tool

It was a dark and stormy night… literally!

Last night I woke up to a bright light in my face. At first I thought the cat had bumped the touch lamp or something. After a few seconds of trying to get my bearings, I realized that it was a white flashing light, and it was coming from outside. It had been raining for hours, and I’m a pretty sound sleeper, so it takes a WHOLE LOTTA storm to wake up my lazy butt. Especially this early / late.

Listening to the commotion outside, the storm sounded like an ’11’ on the “Holy-Crap-O-Meter”. I went to the window and looked outside and was shocked to not be greeted by an Ark and animals lining up two by two. George Clooney would have been proud of this storm.

Rather than play Marco-Polo at 2AM with the cablebox remote (hoping that the cable TV wasn’t out) I grabbed my trusty Windows Mobile device:

Start / Internet Explorer / Favorites / WAVE 3 Doppler Radar… boo-yah!

2AM on Fri April 4 - 5115 lightning strikes in 30 minutes

After that, more lightning ensued.

Now that the storm has passed, my inner-geek calls out for me to do the math:

  • 5115 lightning strikes
  • divided by 30 minutes
  • divided by 60 seconds
  • equals 2.84 lightning strikes per second

Yep, that’s a storm. 

At the time, I didn’t really have math on my mind – I just wanted to know if we’re in the middle of the tempest, or if it was almost over? How long can my dog tread water? Would a house land on a witch? But in hind sight, being prepared is a good thing. Having a device that can provide this kind of information wherever you may be (movie theater / basement / stuck in traffic) is invaluable. Thanks Windows Mobile Team!

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Windows Mobile 6.1 Announced

Windows Mobile 6.1 Today Microsoft announced the release of Windows Mobile 6.1 – coming soon to a mobile operator and device near you. Engadget’s got the scoop on it with some screen shots.

The cool news (in my opinion) is in regards to the web browser:

“The new version of Internet Explorer Mobile adds the ability to easily view full-screen Web pages and multimedia on the Web with a smartphone. By taking advantage of Internet Explorer 6 technologies and supporting established and upcoming industry standards such as H.264, Adobe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight, the updated Internet Explorer Mobile gives people a rich mobile Internet experience. The update will be available to mobile phone partners in the third quarter of 2008, with the first Windows Mobile phones using the new version expected to be available by the end of 2008.”

Here’s the poop from the Microsoft Press Release on those ops and devices:

Mobile operators:

  • Alltel Wireless: HTC PPC6800, HTC Touch
  • AT&T: Samsung BlackJack II, MOTO Q 9h global, Pantech duo, AT&T Tilt by HTC
  • Sprint: A new Palm Treo and updates for the Mogul by HTC, Touch by HTC, MOTO Q 9c, Samsung ACE
  • T-Mobile International: T-Mobile MDA Ameo 16 GB, T-Mobile MDA compact IV

Device-makers:

  • ASUS: New phones including the P320, ZX1, P560, M536 and updates for the P527, P750, M930
  • HTC: A new Touch Dual for the U.S. and updates for the AT&T Tilt, Touch by HTC, Mogul by HTC from Sprint, TyTN II
  • i-mate: 8502, 9502, 8150, 6150
  • Intermec: CN3
  • Motorola: MOTO Q 9c, MOTO Q 9h global, MC70, MC9000
  • Pantech: Pantech duo
  • Samsung: BlackJack II
  • Toshiba: Portégé G810,Portégé G910

No details showing up on the Windows Mobile page yet, but check back:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/default.mspx

Also, congrats today on the SBS-MVPs who got the April 1 re-up for 2008, including mobility guru Chris Rue!

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