I was invited by Microsoft to visit Las Vegas for a series of events called the CES 2006 Windows Community Events, parallel to the 2006 International CES.
We all gathered at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino here in Las Vegas for the sessions. Lots of old and new faces around, always good to meet everyone!
The event was organised by the Microsoft community group and had the presence of product managers and specialists.
As part of the Hive.net group of community leaders our group had the opportunity to attend some sessions on Windows Vista, Internet Explorer 7 and other key products. Some of these presentations were under NDA, which means I canít post about the specific contents here.
John B. Williams, General Manager of Windows Communications, did a quick introduction to the sessions.
Robert Scobble serving beer
Next we had Bill Flora, Design Manager for Windows eHome Division, responsible for Windows Media Center.
Then we had Chris Wilson, Group Platform Manager, IE Platform & Security, talking about Internet Explorer 7 and he personally told us his stuff is not under NDA!
So, how does IE7 Prevents Social Exploits, such as phishing? By warning the user of suspicious sites, blocking known phishing sites and preventing spoofing. Chris showed us a series of demos accessing a range of sites with suspicious content, different phishing styles and how Internet Explorer 7 reacts to these.
The Internet Explorer 7 also runs in a low-rights process that canít write directly to the disk or registry as a user. It does not prevent running Win32 code but it is safer since it wonít allow configuration changes.
After this session we heard from Nuls Pohlmann (Project Manager Lead) and Ed Harris (Dvelopment Lead) with the Windows Live services. We were presented to a DEMO of new community-based features (sorry, canít say more about it but will talk soon) and discussion on Windows Live products.
Now we are closing down this session to watch Bill Gates' CES 2006 keynote live!