CARLSBAD, Calif. — It felt like I was on my way to the Consumer Electronics Show when I boarded an Alaska Airlines flight to San Diego earlier today.
Three Microsoft vice presidents (two senior) and a general manager were on the plane.
Emerging markets boss Will Poole and advertising strategist Yusuf Mehdi were in first class, while Windows engineering czar Steve Sinofsky was in coach near Vivek Varma, a general manager in the online services group.
We were all headed to the “D” conference the Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher are hosting in Carlsbad, Calif. this week.
Microsoft has a big presence — Steve Ballmer speaks Wedensday morning and Bill Gates will be on stage with Steve Jobs Wednesday night — and it’s really a who’s who of the tech industry.
I’ll be blogging and writing items for the paper. First, I’ve got to finish rooting through the outrageous goodie bags given to guests; so far I’ve uncovered a 160 gigabyte Maxtor portable hard drive and a pair of white “You Tube” tube socks.
I’ve already polished off the cheese, rhubarb jam and soda bread left in the room by the Irish trade development organization.