This is just hilarious, but kinda sad for Microsoft.
I was in a class, and asked who amongst the students were going to TechEd this year. I had a couple of strange looks, so I pulled up Internet Explorer and went to search for the event site. Knowing that searching tends to be the best way of finding sites like this, I went to live.com and entered teched australia. No such luck. So then I tried the competitor search company, that term that is in the dictionary but I imagine Microsoft employees are discouraged from using to mean ‘internet search’. You know the one. If you don’t, then just look at the links below.
Try these two links. Today, one is vastly more useful for finding the site that I’m after. I imagine that this will change, and I think the fact that the Australian company Teched appears at the top of the live.com results is perhaps a nice reflection of the fact that MS clearly don’t use live.com to advertise their own sites. Just a shame that live.com’s first mention of the TechEd Conference on the microsoft.com site is actually to microsoft.com/australia/teched2006, even though this seems to redirect to this year’s site.
http://www.microsoft.com/australia/teched07/index.aspx is the site if you’re actually trying to find it – but also check out the discussion about the flairs this year. I think if people start to make pictures that use finger gestures, it could quickly get “out of hand”, but let’s see what happens. I’d love to see Microsoft give out Finger Brushes to delegates, just to see how much mess people can make of the Gold Coast. After all, Painting Has Never Been So Fun!