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WPC Dutch style

You saw the tweets, you watched the keynotes, but you want to have a recap of the WPC.. German Dutch style?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fmVnRWBW00&feature=channel_page  – day one


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qpRROkUPbk&feature=channel_page - day two


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEUg4oCj81c&feature=channel_page - day three


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Jx1Tpu554A&feature=channel_page - day four (with a bit of a thunderstorm)


(or it could be Dutch as I can’t tell from the accent?  Apologies if so)



6 comments ↓

  • #   Sander Berkouwer on 07.18.09 at 3:36 am     

    Definitely Dutch ;-)

    Need some translation?


  • #   bradley on 07.18.09 at 3:54 pm     

    Yes! :-)


  • #   Sander Berkouwer on 07.20.09 at 3:53 pm     

    Translation of video 1:

    - Let’s have a little breakfast…
    We’re not alone. It’s a very little breakfast room ;-)


    - I’m getting a little nauseated this way
    Look at that.
    Everyone’s vast asleep in the Netherlands.
    Let’s go to the office, guys…
    Sparklerweg…
    Let’s see… Amstel… Need some time to orientate…
    Ah look, here’s the building.
    - Mirabeau!
    - Cars in the driveway… Obviously Mirabeau is doing well.


    - The Windows Mobile session was absolutely worthless. It was very disappointing.
    - Floris, is Windows Mobile the next big thing?
    - Nah, not a chance.
    - write off?
    - Write off!


  • #   Sander Berkouwer on 07.20.09 at 3:56 pm     

    Translation of video 2:

    Join us…
    We’re outside.
    When you here thunder, a passing fire truck or police car, you’ll know we’re in New Orleans.
    - No need to worry, nothing’s going on, except when we’re running away very fast.
    - Then some sort of Katrina will be passing by, but we’ll see about that then.
    - Hein, today’s Tuesday. We had a day with Steve Ballmer…
    - Yes.
    - That was heavy.
    - Yes, he charged on stage like we’re used of him.
    - Charged…
    - charged…

    - What was said is Partners are still Microsofts business model.You can see that in the launch of their cloud platform… They’re not saying, like Google or Amazon: “Here is the cloud platform, go ahead” but they’re supplying the software so we can build our own cloud platforms in contrast to other companies. An ISP, for instance, can build its own cloud, both internally but also externally accessible.
    - And what’s good is, they’re saying with other companies like Google and Amazon specifically there’s no choice. If you want to do business with Amazon you have to do so in a cloud. Microsoft positions itself as a chameleon: The cloud is not a panacea. We can deliver software you can run on-premise, in your own datacenter on your own machines, or you can cooperate with us and slowly embrace services and the cloud. Make a choice based on what best fits you. They also emphasize you can transform investments made in the past, for instance developed software, directly or with minor adjustments for the cloud. A few examples were given. They stated 80% of existing code could be maintained and the only needed to adjust something like 20% to make it run. In itself pretty good measures.

    - We’ve also seen a lot of product announcements.
    - Like Microsoft…
    - Office, like you might have seen yourselves in the Netherlands
    - Like Microsoft said: “This is the year with the most technological progress in products and new technologies. This wealthy no year has been before.”
    - Really?
    - I think they said the same thing two years ago. Exactly the same quote.
    - I think it’s like that every year. But anyway. We’ve seen a lot of cool things that are pretty spectacular. Office-wise… Sharepoint, that’s very interesting
    - Specifically the combination Office, Sharepoint and Office Communications Server to accomodate the … erh… “The new world of Work” is never mentioned, but the ability to work together more closely, to faster see whether someone is working on a document, to work together on the document..
    - And not like: “I work on a document and when I’m done you can work on it”, but really working in the same powerpoint slide and changes being made directly. This was shown in a demo. Pretty good feature.
    - Yeah. Sharepoint acts as the crossroads. Everything passes Sharepoint. Sharepoint takes care of the synchronization between different versions and Office Communications Server provides the communication surrounding it all.
    - time for a break!

    - Part 2
    - Welcome back after the break! We hope you’re still with us.
    - Yeah… Windows 7. Will it run on anything?
    - Yes.
    - I believe a lot of people have tried it… I don’t see a lot of changes.
    - erh … nope.
    - But it just works better, faster.
    - Yes, they even claim Windows 7 runs better on existing hardware. They had to confess at previous introductions of Windows, Windows needed better hardware every time. They now claim it’s not the case. Windows 7 runs good on existing hardware and will outperform other Windows versions in some cases.
    - We also so Windows Mobile. Yesterday we already spoke about it a little. I found it disappointing. Same goes for you. What we were shown … and what Microsoft really wants to get across is … Windows Mobile is the translation of Windows to mobile devices. The interface reflects this. It’s not groundbreaking, there’s no multitouch, which is odd, when you look at how Microsoft is working in this field throughout the rest of the organization. During the presentation the application crashed twice. It didn’t leave us with a good impression of Windows Mobile.
    - No, they claim Windows Mobile works the same as Windows on the PC. Well, we think that’s the weakness of it. The most important feature, comparing Windows Mobile to the other mobile OS’s, are background tasks.
    - we also attended a session on Silverlight. That looked promising. They showed a couple of examples of applications, like the Hard Rock CafĂ©. The people that built it also attended and showed us how they’ve built the application. That looked good. They mixed different technologies. I also noticed Silverlight is moving towards PC. It can be used just like Flash and Adobe AIR to make applications on top of an Operating system, that can actually manage hardware.
    Well, that’s it.
    - Yeah. I agree.
    - It’s hot here. It looks like a big thunderstorm is on its way, but…
    - Nice!
    - It’s about 25 degrees (celsius). Really hot, and inside it’s terribly cold.
    - Yeah, so everyone
    - Everyone’s throats are hurting and is snorting.
    - So if you see pictures or videos from inside the Convention Center and you’re asking yourself “Why is everyone wearing a coat?” That’s because your toes freeze of inside. Everyone’s complaining, but noone is changing anything. But we’ll survive.
    - Yeah, it’s hard. Especially the welcome parties…

    - Roughly 250 people from the Netherlands are attending. On the whole of 9000 attendees that’s a small figure, but in contrast to other countries… like France with roughly 120 attendees, we’re represented well.
    It’s good fun meeting with other Partners.
    - Yeah.
    - And colleagues of course.
    - Always a good thing when you want to negotiate prices.
    - Yeah…
    - Wrapping up! Perhaps till tomorrow…
    - Bye!
    - Bye Bye.


  • #   Sander Berkouwer on 07.20.09 at 3:57 pm     

    Translation of video 3:

    - Today Bill Buxton was present at one of the keynotes. Bill Buxton is pretty well-known. He wrote a couple of books on User Interfaces. He’s the inventor, or “Godfather” as they call him, of multitouch. On stage he primarily showed what you can do with the tables, but also spoke on the long-term research goals within Microsoft. They let all kinds of behavioral experts, ethnologists, and people working on handwriting look at the newest technological stuff.

    - Big announcement! Microsoft is opening its own retail stores and as they said themselves: they’re housing them next to Apple stores.
    - Next to.
    - We’re asking ourselves how that’s going to work, because Apple is selling its own hardware in its own store, while Microsoft only has it’s own mice and keyboards.
    - Mice and keyboards indeed.
    - And now they also want to sell Windows Mobiles, or rather Windows Phones as they’re calling them now. They’re going to sell these devices as Microsoft phones. They’re probably also going to sell PC’s as Microsoft devices in the Microsoft store. They expect to sell more and more directly compete with Apple.

    What Microsoft is doing smart is combining Office with Server products. That makes them unique in contrast to Google and Open Office on the desktop. They’re showing you can use those solutions to do some light work, but if you really want to be productive, if you really want to work together, you’ll need their server products. Very smart how Microsoft through the years has build that.


  • #   Sander Berkouwer on 07.20.09 at 3:58 pm     

    Translation of video 4:

    - Last day! Four days have passed.
    - Yeah.
    - Tomorrow we’re going back.

    - Tried Office 2010…
    - Yes!
    - I played with Excel. That was pretty impressive. What you’re hearing in the background is a thunderstorm, by the way. It’s pretty heavy.

    - It’s really looking good. It’s packed with features. It’s a bit of an overload of buttons, folding menus and that sort of stuff. Things they removed in the previous version are back.
    - Yes, a lot of things are back. With Excel Microsoft wants to dethrone Business Objects. Users can more easily create reports, drilldowns, slices…
    - Pivot tables.
    - Pivot tables, the whole circus. And you can actually do all that. Works well, but it’s not something you do in a couple of minutes. You need to know data, how it’s stored, what kind of report you want. So yes, you can do it with Excel…

    … but you need some knowledge. Nothing new, “a fool with a tool is still a fool”, but it definitely applies to the new Excel.
    - Yes.
    - a little speed bump on your way to create a good report.
    - You’ll need some time, indeed.

    < zipping a coke>
    - Well, Floris, at last some coolness.
    - at last… it was pretty damp. Yesterday we saw 77% humidity. That makes this place unique. Quite bizarre. Water on your arms, sort of speak.


    We’ve interrupted our recording, because of the thunderstorm.

    - Sketch Flow was shown intensively in these tracks. I created a post on the Mirabeau Intranet on the topic. It contains a link so you can download it. Very interesting tooling. It’s derived from Bill Buxton’s ideas on sketching user interfaces where you’re working together with your customer to get from idea to a working application. You’re delivering a working application in sketch format, that you can send to a customer.
    - It enables you to level with your customer faster. “Is this what you want?”, “Give us some feedback”, “Yes this is it”, “Let’s go!” instead of all the paperwork where you create screens in a functional way.
    - Also…
    - Very interesting!
    - Yes. Also, Bill Buxton indicated, using this approach, you need to keep the “fidelity”, the level of detail, very low to avoid discussions on design and details. Transitions. Bill Buxton also emphasized not just to create screens and wireframes, but focus on the transitions between the screens.
    - Indeed. Transitions are important. Static screens are needed, but the dynamics of the transitions is important.
    Very beautiful tool. Worth looking at.

    - Another interesting announcement was what Microsoft calls the Web platform. They said it’s hard to install all their tooling. It takes a lot of time. For instance, in our environment you need to get stuff from seven different systems to put together a website. They’ve announced an all-in-one system. You download an application in one place and you install everything at once: IIS, Silverlight, SQL Server, Visual Studio. The whole shebang gets installs and runs. It actually works.
    - And not just Microsoft internally.
    - At this moment Microsoft internally, but as a third party if you want to deploy WordPress or a CMS you can make a package and place it on the Web App Gallery, as they’re calling it, gets noticed by the installer and gets installed fully functional in your environment. They hope to get people developing and Partners to develop Web applications and submit them to the gallery for increased visibility, etc. etc. etc. Interesting. It existed for a while, apparently, but was announced silently and now…
    - We never heard of it.
    - We never heard of it. In the room with roughly 50 people only two hands showed.
    - Oh well, perhaps Sjors knew.
    - Sjors, let us know… Wrapping up.
    - This was New Orleans
    - As you can see we’re still at the Convention Center …. erh…. no. We’re in front of the pool. Maarten, it was hard work. Today luckily the weather is less hot…
    - Gigantic storm…
    - New Orleans is a whack city. When you’re in the States don’t forget to visit. We now know a few good addresses to party. That’s what we’re doing tonight.
    - Bye
    - Bye, see you all soon.