Summit Winter 2013

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!

Surface 2

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!

DSCF4206But 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).

Geek Meet

Here are some snaps from the monday evening reception:

DSCF4166Roger Govier and Zak Barrese discussing the finer points of Apps for Office.

DSCF4151Patrick Matthews, Bob Umlas and Bill Jelen: Pivot Tables or Array Formulas?

DSCF4136Kevin (Zorvek) Jones does not look convinced by Zak(FireFyter)’s explanation of the Office 365 SKUs

DSCF4141Zak (and another thing …) Barrese ignores Sam Rad and Ingeborg (Teylyn) Hawighorst showing off an orange something!

DSCF4152Felipe Gualberto and Ken Puls: which DAX function would you use to compare apples with oranges? Ken looks horrified: someone must have suggested VLOOKUP instead of CALCULATE!

DSCF4143Jacob Hildebrand and Jordan Goldmeier: Jordan shows what happens when you unwind Clippy – Jacob patiently waits for another seat to become free.

DSCF4156Roger 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 …)

Mystery Photo

DSCF4002Here is this year’s mystery photo: exactly where can you find this dragon?

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6 Responses to Summit Winter 2013

  1. Jeff Weir says:

    Nice snaps. Yes please to an Excel conference in NZ. Tell you what: do it in Wellington and I’ll help you sell tickets!

  2. fastexcel says:

    Well, maybe you can help Ingeborg organise a location in Wellington and sell tickets etc: please private email to me if you think you can help.

  3. sam says:

    “…because it does not support the development environment (VBA….)”
    What do you mean – I thought you could load the full Office Suite – with VBA off course…

    • fastexcel says:

      It is the Surface 2: uses Windows RT and comes preloaded with the RT version of Office, which does not support VBA. The Surface 2 Pro uses the ordinary version of Windows and you can load the full version of Office iuncluding VBA.

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