Tracking the tracks at Tech Ed New Zealand


Loke Uei Tan talks to us about Windows Mobile 6.5 at Microsoft Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009

, posted: 6-Oct-2009 10:26

Loke Uei Tan is a Microsoft Sr Technical Product Manager responsible for creating and deploying technical resources and content to over 1,000 field evangelists within Microsoft on all Windows Mobile topics and technologies.

In this video Ben Gracewood finds out more about Windows Mobile 6.5, new features and the marketplace for mobile:





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Ben Gracewood at Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009: revenge of the booth babes

, posted: 15-Sep-2009 12:23

After Ben Gracewood's post about booth babes at Tech.Ed, I thought I should contribute with a picture of the man helping himself of some smoothie courtesy of the Gen-i smoothie bar.



I am constantly uploading lots of pictures to our Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009 Flickr set. There's also a Tech.Ed NZ Flickr Group if you want to contribute.



Booth Babes at Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009

, posted: 15-Sep-2009 10:59

By: Ben Gracewood

Booth Babes. You might have heard of them from such conferences as E3 and Comic Con. The concept is simple: station attractive ladies at your expo booth, or wearing your brand, to garner the attention of slavering hordes of males who normally attend these conferences. The scantily-clad ladies reached a point that E3 chose to ban the practise a few years ago.

Well, you may be interested to know that Gen-i has decided to bring the booth babes to Microsoft Tech.Ed NZ 2009. These women below are wandering the conference floor today, replacing the pair that strolled around yesterday. Not wanting to be drawn into stereotyping, I asked the women yesterday if they were SQL experts or perhaps .NET developers. The response was "uh what?", and then they kindly informed me that Gen-i was providing complimentary beverages in their "smoothie lounge".

So here's the question: do you think it's appropriate to have promo girls at Tech.Ed? This is a largely tech conference. There is a small amount of consumer hardware in the Marketplace, but this conference is largely about software and infrastructure. Furthermore, Microsoft understands the low numbers of women involved in tech, and is reaching out to them through initiatives such as the Girl Geek Dinner.

Feel free to comment below. I'd love to hear what women attending Tech.Ed think about this. Or perhaps Gen-i employees - are you happy to be represented this way?







Loke Uei Tan on Windows Mobile

, posted: 14-Sep-2009 15:19

By: Ben Gracewood

I took a few minutes to speak with Loke Uei Tan about Windows Mobile 6.5 and the Windows Mobile Marketplace. Loke Uei is a Senior Technical Product Manager with the Windows Mobile team. His main focus is on developer experience, right from the first line of code through to the Windows Marketplace sales experience. Video of the interview will be available in a few days.

When talking about Microsoft’s impending foray into app sales, it’s impossible to avoid the obvious comparison with the iTunes App Store. Apple has been taking some flak lately, mostly around the opaque application approval process. Microsoft is working hard to avoid these issues, and has published their policies around applications and content (see the sidebar). They go as far as documenting cultural requirements around applications released to particular countries (e.g. Muslim, Hindu, and Christian taboos).



The Microsoft Mobile Marketplace goes live on October 6th (7th for us here in New Zealand), in 21 markets. Initially, you’ll need a device running Windows Mobile 6.5 to access the marketplace, but Loke Uei explains that compatibility will be extended back to WM6.0 and 6.1 devices over time.

On the Windows Mobile 6.5 front, Loke Uei points out a couple of major changes, being a more finger-friendly interface, and a more capable version of Mobile Internet Explorer. Still no capacitive touch screens however, which is entirely up to the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

Stay tuned for video.



Speaking at Tech.Ed: Gavin Bennett

, posted: 11-Sep-2009 06:08

Gavin Bennett have been working in and around the Citrix world since the old days of WinFrame 1.5. He's worked across the industry in distribution, partner, and vendor land and now with Citrix itself.

His sessions at Microsoft Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009:

SVR315 What's new in Windows Server 2008 R2 Terminal Services and how does Citrix build on the new platform
Wed 16/9 | 14:20-15:35 | New Zealand Room 1

SVR315 will cover what value add Citrix brings to a Remote Desktop Service environment. We always get the question about “do I still need Citrix with all of the default functionality that I get with the new version of Terminal Services/Remote Desktop Services”. We will go into a few scenarios where you would need Citrix, and where you would not need Citrix.


SVR309 Everything you need to know about VDI (joint session with Citrix) Wed 16/9 | 15:45-17:00 | New Zealand Room 1

SVR309 will be a discussion around what exactly VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) is. Why use it? Who is using it? What benefit will it bring to an organisation?






Microsoft Tech Ed New Zealand is a technology event run by Microsoft New Zealand. The Microsoft Tech Ed New Zealand 2010 is happening in Auckland (New Zealand), 30th August - 1st September 2010, at the SkyCity Convention Centre. If you are attending the Microsoft Tech Ed New Zealand 2010 and would like to contribute with stories, profiles, and feedback please contact us. This blog is written by Mauricio Freitas and published by Geekzone.



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