LAS VEGAS –The Bill Gates keynote express departed from Sea-Tac Gate A2 at 12:45 Sunday with a plane full of geeks heading for the Consumer Electronics Show here.
Most were Microsoft folks who didn’t have to go early and set up booths or prep for the keynote.
Chris Capossela, a former assistant to Bill Gates, has done that many times. Now he’s a vice president in the Office group, and knows how to do CES the right way — arrive just before the keynote, do some meetings and fly back home before the show gets too overwhelming.
Chris said the team is still high from a surprisingly positive Office 2007 review (sub. required) by Walt Mossberg in the Wall Street Journal that’s been getting a lot of traffic. Chris said Walt has been using the product since its first beta version and got technical support from the top — Office development boss Steve Sinofsky, who helped explain Office’s new ribbon interface to the influential pundit.
Office isn’t playing a big role at CES, show but it’s still part of the story Microsoft is telling here.
Others on the same plane included robotics unit boss Tandy Trower.
You could tell who was boarding by the luggage and jackets sporting logos from groups like Vista and Office and and from past Microsoft conferences. Either that, or a lot of travelers have been shopping at the Redmond Value Village.