Windows Vista/Office 2007 Presentation

I’m currently in Dallas, TX for the AITP Conference. I just came from a Microsoft presentation titled “Microsoft Windows Vista/Office 2007: A Future Look” by Blain Barton. Overall, it was a good presentation and I was excited to see Vista in action. The build they were running for the presentation was Beta 2, build 5308. Some of the funny/embarassing things that happened:

  • File and Settings Transfer Wizard stopped responding
  • Movie Maker didn’t want to close
  • The Start icon for the Start Menu disappeared at one point

Why I Switched To Gmail from Hotmail?

The first ever email account I owned was from Hotmail. I’m not exactly sure when I opened it, but it was around the year 2000. All I remember is that I received a lot of spam and my inbox was always full. The spam got so bad that I opened a new Hotmail account in hopes of running away from the spam. Within 2 hours of having created the new account, I received spam. I didn’t even have the time to give my new email to any of my friends and family. Furthermore, the 2 MB limit was a real pain. But I put up with all that crap until June 2004 when I managed to get a Gmail invite back when it was still hard to get one. Finally, I had more space available for my inbox that I could actually use. I switched to Gmail.

So what did Microsoft do after Gmail lauched? They scrambled and upped the space limit for Hotmail accounts to 250 MB. But I still wouldn’t switch back to Hotmail. All these years I suffered with a 2 MB inbox and now all of a sudden, because a competitor comes and blows the pants off their service, I’m supposed to feel like they’re doing anything better? Another thing Microsoft did was redesign Hotmail to give it an Outlook type look and functionality. I signed up for beta testing Windows Live Mail because I was bored with the old Hotmail interface. So how’s Windows Live Mail? It’s not so great. I mean, sure it’s better than Hotmail, but it doesn’t feel finished. Where Gmail seems very slick and well-done, Windows Live Mail seems half-assed. Look at this screenshot:

I’ve been getting this all day and I’m unable to access my Windows Live Mail (Hotmail) account all day. Good thing I don’t get any critical email sent there.