Geeks With Blogs



Bill Evjen's Blog Code, Life and Community

It was interesting that they only allowed photography of Bill Gates for the first minute of his presentation. Also, you weren’t allowed to use your laptops in the crowd as well – so I ended up taking my notes on paper instead of doing it with Microsoft Word like I normally do. Oh well.

So, there was a lot said at the Bill Gates keynote, so I will only go through what I think were the highlights of the presentation.

  • Video – Bill started off with a bit of humor and presented a video of him and some young guy where they got into fights hitting each other and danced together and did a bunch of crazy stuff you wouldn’t expect the leader of the technology world to do. My rating – it was just okay.
  • The Tablet PC is entering the mainstream – is it? Bill was saying that the Tablet PC use doubled in the last year. What?, from 200 to 400? I don’t see this comment as being too true myself.
  • Microsoft keeps bringing XML lower and lower down the stack. Everything in Microsoft is now based upon XML. Microsoft has brought XML down to the core.
  • Microsoft is investing in the platform at record levels.
  • Microsoft is focusing on the user experience. This is called the Windows Presentation Foundation and includes Windows Vista, Office “12”, and Atlas. The term Windows Presentation Foundation is a new name for the code name “Avalon”.
  • WinFX includes the Windows Presentation Foundation and the Windows Communication Foundation (Indigo).
  • Microsoft’s customers really pushed that these items shouldn’t be for Windows Vista only, therefore these items will also install on Windows XP.
  • WinFS is in beta now.
  • Office “12” allows for an extensible user interface as well as open XML file formats.
  • Office “12” will release in the “same time frame” as Windows Vista.
  • Windows Vista provides clarity. Windows Vista provides a new level of confidence.
  • Virtual folders in Vista can be controlled and manipulated via a built-in XML file.
  • One thing I found interesting is that the sidebar in Longhorn was introduced a while back and then it was pulled from later builds. I was under the assumption that it was pulled completely from the product, but the sidebar is back! And it looks better than ever! Awesome!
  • Sidebar – you can use DHTML and script and Avalon to build your own gadgets for the sidebar.
  • Sidebar developers should check out
  • Vista includes parental controls so parents can control games kids can play and things they can look at based upon ratings.
  • Website viewers will be able to see more information on the SSL certificate of the site they are visiting with just a click of the button.
  • IE7 will report to you if it thinks the webpage you are viewing is a fake site (phishing). Microsoft is using something called the Dynamic Protection Service and this will even highlight the address bar of IE to yellow or red depending on the safety of the site.
  • IE7 includes tabs (like Firefox).
  • One COOL feature displayed was “shrink to fit” printing of webpages. Oh so nice! Worth the upgrade for this one feature alone!
  • IE7 will list all the feeds contained on a page and you can then easily subscribe to one of the RSS feeds.
  • OFFICE DEMO: From Microsoft Word, you can now easily remove hidden text, comments and other things with a click of the button – scrubbing clean.
  • Outlook allows you to view images, PPTs, and more directly in the document pane instead of needing to open the document from the email. VERY NICE!
  • RSS reader is built directly in Outlook! When this was introduced, Devin then leaned to me and said, “Well, there wipes out one whole software market!”
  • All of this is coming in the second half of 2006.
Posted on Tuesday, September 13, 2005 12:40 PM Windows , Microsoft | Back to top

Comments on this post: Bill Gates PDC 2005 Keynote Highlights

# re: Bill Gates PDC 2005 Keynote Highlights
Requesting Gravatar...
<tidbit interesting=semi>
Working as a photographer at rock concert venues, most superstar bands only allow photographs for the first 3 songs. Some paranoid superstar bands only allow it for the first song (and some from a certain side of the stage).
Left by Allen Cryer on Sep 13, 2005 1:21 PM

# PDC05 is started
Requesting Gravatar...
PDC is started. I watched Bill Gates keynote. First he talked about history of software development in...
Left by Keyvan Nayyeri on Sep 13, 2005 7:25 PM

Your comment:
 (will show your gravatar)

Copyright © Bill Evjen | Powered by: