On Saturday I got back from the winter 2013 MVP summit at the Microsoft campus in Redmond. The summit is a great chance to talk to the Microsoft Excel teams and to meet up with other Excel MVPs.
I also spent some time with the Excel Mac team and the Mac MVPs trying to understand the Excel development environment on the Mac, and time with the BI teams and SQL server MVPs.
Everything discussed is under strict NDA, so I can’t give you any details but it was all very interesting!
All the attending MVPs got a special offer on a 32Gb Surface 2 (RT). I must admit I had not planned on buying this because it does not support the development environment (VBA and Visual Studio) I need, but the offer was too good to refuse!
But after playing with it for a few hours I am very impressed. It comes with Excel, Outlook, Word and Powerpoint, 200 GB of Skydrive and a years worth of Skype. I added a 64GB micro SD card as the D: drive and a Bluetooth mouse.
For office use, with Email, web browsing and photos this is a great machine: you very quickly get using to touching the screen (and wishing my main laptop worked like that).
Here are some snaps from the monday evening reception:
Roger Govier and Sam Rad say cheese for the camera whilst Ingeborg and Liam Bastick discuss the idea of arranging an Excel User Conference in OZ/NZ in 2015 with lots of MVP speakers (hopefully including me, Bill Jelen, Ken Puls, Bob Umlas …)