Live! 360 activities unofficially started on Sunday, November 17th at Loew's Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando. Early registration opened and a group was formed for the Dine-A-Round event at Universal's City Walk. The Dine Around began at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville for appetizers and drinks. From there, groups split up based on interest. I joined the SharePoint group and we ate at the Hard Rock Café. Rocco was our waiter and he turned out to be very interesting. He insisted on memorizing our orders, even though we had a large group. He was entertaining, to say the least. Oh, and he got all the orders correct!
On Monday, pre-conference sessions started. Each session was a daylong event. The lunch experience was great, as it was held in this huge air-conditioned tent.
The day was capped off with an Expo Preview reception with drinks and appetizers, followed by the conference keynote featuring Microsoft Analyst Mary Jo Foley. It was an incredible experience for me to get to see Mary Jo Foley in person. She has been reporting on Microsoft for over 25 years and always provides interesting commentary.
Day 2, Tuesday, was actually the first regular day of the conference. Over 900 people will be attending this week with sessions focusing on Visual Studio, Modern App Development, SQL Server, and SharePoint. I attended sessions "What's New in SharePoint for IT Pro's", "Implementing SharePoint: A Project Manager's How-To", "Creating a SharePoint End User Adoption Strategy", and "Introduction to Power Shell for the Anxious IT Pro." Every speaker was excellent and, as is typical for Live! 360, each speaker is very accessible. If you had a question, you could ask them right at the session or you could wait until later and meet them at the Exhibitor's reception for a more casual talk.
About Tom Swanson
Tom Swanson has worked with computers for over 20 years and has taught computer networking for over 10 years. Tom's certifications include MCT, MCITP, MCTS, MCSE 2003 and 2000, MCSA: Messaging, MCDST, CIW Associate and CIW Certified Instructor.