Finally, I am back home after a nice 4 hours drive. Chicago was as I expected to be, so much better than Wisconsin I wanted to stay. On the road from Wisconsin to Chicago there’s several tolls you need to pay to enter the ea. state all together it ended up costing for toll charges $5.00, glad to know the money is not going towards the roads that were in really bad conditions. As I expected there was plenty of farms around Wisconsin, quite interesting since I am not used to farms. You can tell when you are finally in Illinois it’s the end of the farms, at least in the part of Illinois.
The next day aprox. 6:30 am the event starter. I was surprised with the number of people that showed up to this event. Majority men, not surprised about that. We started off slow in the ask the experts booth, since most people were around checking out the setup partner companies had and the keynotes.
Finally we had a few people that asked us questions, such as…
Q. Will my drivers be compatible with Vista?
A. I would assume all major manufacturers’ have or will have in the future Vista compatible drivers. So I suggest to first check with the manufacturer’s website and search for Vista drivers there. Then go check Windows Update thru Vista and you may find Vista drivers or newer versions (which might not be listed on the manufacturer’s website).
Q. What was the security improvement in Vista?
A. There’s new anti-malware features such as Windows Firewall, if this properly configured, it can stop many kinds of malware before they can infect your computer or other computers in your network. Windows Update, User Account Control in Windows Vista you can create a seperate account for each of the family and control which websites, programs, and games each person is allowed to use and install on the computer. IE7 protected mode prevents new applications, modify user or system files and setting without the consent of the user. Windows defender it’s an antispyware feature that helps you protect your PC from getting infect with spyware by constantly scanning your PC. The one that is not included is an anti-virus protection software that you will need to purchase, if you don’t already have one?
Q. Why isn’t there a public list of all the softwares that are compatible to Vista?
A. I took this person to our nice set-up and showed him this nice list here.
Among other questions that were quite interesting. I had several people that were basically out to tarnish the Microsoft name by finding the most minimun flaws that Vista has. Which yes in deed, Vista is not completelly 100% perfect, but name me any other OS that is?
Overall the event was a blast, I had a great time. It was nice meeting some of the individuals from Microsoft that had very good knowledge in computers. As well as it was a pleasure meeting Cyber from GTR, who secretly tried to sneak into the auto show, ha! Too bad I was too tired to attend the cocktail party and since I was in Chicago for such short period of time my batteries died and I couldn’t take many pictures.. 🙁 I would recommend anyone who is interested in getting some good grasp of information of the new features in Office to attend this event. We all did get to take home a free shirt along with a free copy of MS Office 2007 Pro, thank you MS!