CES: Windows Vista Labs Day 1

Today was the first day of Microsoft events at CES 2007, the Windows Vista RTM Labs – an insight into the Windows Vista development backstory from program managers, directors and other people who might have signed off on one thing or another. There were a total of 5 sessions presented on a variety of topics including hardware, software, design, testing and SKUs presented by a range of leads including Dave Block, Paul Donnelly, Karsten Januszewski, Tjeerd Hoek and Beckett Dillard.

There’s an extremely extensive summary from Jason Dunn’s Digital Media Thought, a hot 64-bit discussion from Ryan Hoffman’s Extended 64, a brief overview from Mauricio Freitas, an overview of the UX session from Larry Richman’s PROnetworks and a summary from Mary Jo Foley. Here’s some photos from the Labs from me.

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Welcome to Nick’s World of Fun. Please keep your legs under the table and enjoy the ride.

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Last minute revision?

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People were desperate to walk around quickly.

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Notice how Robert McLaws is in every photo.

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“So, here’s the new shutdown screen.”

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“I like to squash bugs.”

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Karsten Januszewski sings the .NET 3.0 song.

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Everyone looks down.

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Who says you can’t eat lunch at the PC?

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The very prepared Tjeerd Hoek tries out the tanning machine.

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Tjeerd talk abouts Airport Security 101: “Things you can’t carry on-board planes.”

The following photos depicts conceptual designs. These screenshots do not represent the quality of the final product or depict any future design intentions in Windows. Please don’t sue me.

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UI inconsistencies? Not if you look at these charts. Everything’s as clear as glass. Blue for this, green for that. Of course, why didn’t I think of that.

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Sometimes, you just want to take a step back. Or two. This is the first time Win32 applications have a “back” button.

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Really awesome looking wallpaper.

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Where do you start?

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Close your eyes. Top secret NDA stuff.

The above photos depicts conceptual designs. These screenshots do not represent the quality of the final product or depict any future design intentions in Windows.

After a hard day at work, we were invited to a party-dinner which I don’t have much to say except these photos.

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Ryan Hoffman shows us the pyramid dance. Neowin guys follow.

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Robert McLaws: “For the open source movement!”

As usual, more photos on my Flickr CES 2007 photoset. It could only get better from here on, right?

13 insightful thoughts

  1. Did you ask the UX guys about the idea behind the non existing boot screen? Would be interesting to hear that story. It still makes no sense to me.

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