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Having just completed the Windows Vista, 2007 Office System, and Exchange Server 2007 Launch Tour one of the questions I often got asked on tour was Is there a way for me to test out Windows Vista without using up one of my PCs? I can understand that - you want to see what is in the OS but dont' want to re-format a machine to do so. This is why I can so excited to share VistaTestDrive.com with you.
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So... why did the American's who are attending the Vista/Office Rollout Party getting free copies of Office 2007 + Groove 2007 - while we aren't?
Don't get me wrong - I didn't go to get a free copy of anything - but the presentations I saw were fairly poor quality compared to previous Microsoft presentations (the last session I attended was little more than two guys making jokes about their WM Smartphone). Then to find out that we're not even getting what our collegues to the south are... well, I believe the phrase is 'adding insult to injury'.
For what was supposed to be "the biggest event since Windows 95" - guys, you blew it. The VS2005 rollout was VASTLY better - and I'm not even talking swag (which WAS vastly better). The Ready to Rock presentations were massively more useful and informative and... well, interesting. Then again, as I recall, originally we weren't supposed to get anything at that rollout either, except that you guys announced it before the Canadian tour started... which gave us time to complain - unlike this time when the American tour freebie wasn't announced until the Canadian one was already essentially over.
I guess MS does learn from their mistakes.
Unfortunately, their mistakes... are us.
Trust me when I say we have heard you loud and clear on this one! We are passing on all the feedback up the chain internally to find out what the heck happened. Keep tuned to this blog for updates!