October 22, 2009. New York City. Times Square. NASDAQ celebrates the Windows 7 launch with Microsoft executives and partners ringing the closing bell. Well ringing the closing bell is maybe a misnomer – pressing the button in a glass studio on a corner in Times Square is more like it.
NASDAQ is a purely electronic exchange, and thereby has no trading floor. Instead, you stand on a small raised dais underneath electronic ticker tapes flashing the latest closing prices centering on the stock being honored. ‘
This entire ceremony is broadcast live on the studio’s external walls…..
…. which also serves to illuminate and entertain the audience in Times Square.
As 4 o’clock approaches, a countdown accompanied with triumphant music begins to blast from overhead and eager faces eye the stock price cheering up ticks and silently glaring at drops. Picture taking, people shuffling and lots of ceremonies ensue.
Promptly at 4 the bell is rung and confetti falls from the ceiling amongst a rally of cheers.
At one point Bob McCooeylooks around the room noting all the black Window7 shirt wearers. He looks down at his suit and tie “Hey, how come I don’t get a shirt?” I reach into my bag for an oversized shirt (more later on how to redesign those extra large beltless shirt dresses that all techie companies love to give out) and toss it over to Bob.
“HEY! That was my shirt!” proclaims Caroline. Too late, Bob has already removed his suit jacket and dons the Win7 shirt over his button down.
Bob got to keep the shirt, but not before he signed my Windows 7 shirt which I promptly gave to a now satisfied Caroline.
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· Windows 7 API Pack: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/WindowsAPICodePack#
· Windows 7 SDK: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/bb980924.aspx
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· Channel 9 Windows 7 community, including video tutorials: http://channel9.msdn.com/windows/
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