As many of you know the general availability launch of Windows Vista occurred last night from Times Square in NYC. I was able to get an invite and attended the launch event as press.
The event started at 3:30 pm and went to around 9pm. Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer, and others were expected to do the press release at around 4:45 with the launch of Vista occurring around 5:30 PM. It was cold in Manhattan yesterday, so other than the welcome warmth when I entered, we were also greeted with an open bar and food being passed around. After quickly grabbing a drink and checking my coat, I started to look around. From media center to gaming, there were little areas setup where you can learn a little bit about Vista. Other than examining the hardware, there was nothing much new to learn, so I went into the main auditorium where I was greeted by the pre-press event entertainment.
I am not exactly sure who these guys were, but they were awesome. There were three guys slamming away at drums along to classic rocks songs and newer songs. They were very cool to watch. Right before the press event, Microsoft brought out Angels and Airwaves where they played one of their songs.
When they were done, Bill and Steve Ballmer came out and delivered their speeches. When they were done, Vista was launched in Times Square and the rest of the celebration continued.
Unfortunately, I could not stay too much longer but as I was leaving I noticed they were giving out gift bags. The bags contained a copy of Vista Ultimate, year subscription to Windows One Care, and some other goodies.
Don't worry, these will be given out in a contest coming soon here at BC!