After Bill Gates spoke, Jim Allchin came out and gave a presentation geared at developers with the promise of showing lots of code (which was done by Don Box and company). Here are some of the highlights from Jim's presentation:
- First Jim showed everyone an IBM computer from the Microsoft museum with Windows 1.03 loaded. He then showed us the OS booting up and then pulled up the game of Reversi. Funny, I remember all those screens he showed ... I must be getting old. The point of showing that is that he was focusing on the fact that Windows was entering into its 3rd decade. Wow! Then he showed a game (video of it really) that was being built by a company called Crytex and how outstanding (or SUPER as Microsoft people would say) it was with graphics. It was rather spectacular.
- Jim announced that we are all getting Build 5219 of Vista today.
- The Windows platform consists of Presentation, Data, Communications, and Base Operating System Services.
- Vista will include hardware monitoring.
- Vista will require 50% less reboots.
- Vista will allow for fast on/off cycles.
- There will be a reboot manager in Vista.
- There will not be a defrag available in Vista as this is something that should automatically be done by the OS. Therefore, Vista will be defragging in the background on its own.
- Introducing SuperFetch - knows what you work with the most (such as Outlook) and loads it into memory for you in anticipation of you working with it and therefore will have a SUPER fast launch process.
- Using a USB memory stick will allow Vista to add it to the larger pool of available memory for the computer! Wow.
- Hotmail will be changed soon so that it is more like Windows Outlook Web Access.
- Introducing Atlas - an AJAX style (I was surprised he used this word actually) web development.
- Introducing WPF/E “Everywhere“ - a slimmed down version of WPF that will work everywhere (devices).
Then Jim mentioned to the crowd that he had a “limited” number of these great devices that he used in a demo which were normally $1000 and that we would get it for $149 from ComNet. Once he said that, 1,500 people got up and ran for the door - it was rather funny! I would have kept that news till the end if I were him. Oh well - lesson learned.