Experiences Of Microsoft

Recently i attended a Microsoft event in Seattle (USA) and although i can say no more than that about the event or what was discussed due to NDA restrictions.

I would like to comment on Microsoft and how we were treated.

Before setting off i had been told mixed feedback about these types of Microsoft events by an associate and i was very apprehensive of what the experience would be like. I would however like to state that Microsoft were stars  they treated us like royal guests , there was plenty of food , they took care of any problems that came up smoothly and the gentleman who was orchestrating the conversations and the event did an amazing job , Well done mate!

The value of the event was in debate before going , but i learnt a lot , and i think i was able to be a very vocal part of conversations which i hope will influence future product direction , that was certainly the feeling i was left with.

Although Microsoft do not pay for travel and off premise expense the value of this event to both myself and the organisation i represent well exceeds any cost involved.

Although i would say for me this opened up the world of Microsoft for me and showed how much effort they put in into trying to get there product offering right, while i was sat there listening to the teams present i thought to myself i wish some of the bigger companies i have worked for in the past were as concerned as Microsoft are about public adoption of their products and the experience the end user has using there software.

It also showed me that for the plugged in developers there is a ton of opportunity to interact with Microsoft in there space, but if you are not plugged in at a company and an individual level you miss so much.

Anyway thank you to MS and the Seattle teams for looking after me.

Neil