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Webcast Team parties with 1 Million viewings this year!

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On Friday afternoon, the Microsoft webcast team partied it up celebrating one million webcast viewings (June '04 until end of April).  This includes all of our various programs: TechNet, MSDN, Executive Circle, Small Business, Microsoft Business Solutions, Security, and Office System.  So to all of you who have been one or more of those 1 million webcast viewings, Thank You!   We sure enjoy making webcasts happen, and hope they are helping you get the most out of Microsoft technologies.  I've included some shots of the party here.  We even had our own live band playing the gig, which included members of our own team, and a 15-year old ringer drummer who's the son of one of our team members.  Yours truly sang in the band- some classic rock and roll.  It was quite a blast.  

Here's a shot of the band. I'm the dude singin' with the shades.  We did some classics: "Feelin' Alright", "Allstar" (which we rewrote lyrics to be about webcasts), "Sweet Home Alabama", "You can't take that away from me", "Stuck in the Middle (or our version "Stuck in the Meetin'"), my own tune "Where's the Sunshine?" a tribute to Seattle weather, because we almost couldn't have the gig outside due to impending rain that never came, and the band cranked out "Mustang Sally" at the end, unrehearsed.  Good band members, and the fact that it's 3 chords. 

The partygoers having a good time.   About 100 people total came, made up of the webcast team, presenters, stakeholders, and those that heard the music and love free food. 

Here's a shot of about half or our overall webcast team.   It takes a small army of folks to pull off 1,700 webcasts that reach 1 million viewings!

Yeah baby.  Webcasts Rock!   This wasn't no ordinary corporate party with beer and chips in the conference room.  The band "Reckless Abandon" (ok, so my wife says that not an original name), some good food, and 1 million trivia with prizes.   Good times...

Lastly, thanks to my brother Gary for taking the photos and video.

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