Last night Microsoft invited a few dozen close friends to enjoy a night at SIR Stage 37, in New York. The night was filled with conversations that centered around Microsoft Office 2010, 3D gaming with Cold War, Windows Phone 7, Halo on the new 360 and Microsoft Kinect. There was not a shortage of Microsoft product specialists - which were more than happy to give us a high level explanation or a deep dive.
The darling of the night was most certainly Kinect. There were dozens of eager fans waiting patiently to experience Kinect - some for the very first time. The favorite game of the night seemed to be Dance Central. I found it amazing how people just simply stepped up to the game and started dancing. There was no learning curve - people danced and Kinect flawlessly picked up everyone's movements. I think that it's safe to say that most of us can't wait until November 4th. I still think the $149.99 price point is still a bit steep for a peripheral - even one as awesome as this.
One of my favorite conversations occurred with the Microsoft Mobility Team. I would say that they were the second busiest bunch. Everyone just wanted to get a first glace at Windows Phone 7. I was lucky enough to have one of the Microsoft Mobility Team member's give me a -- one on one -- run down of the key features on Microsoft's new mobile OS.
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