A video roundup: Microsoft’s 2008 Worldwide Partner Conference

If you couldn’t make it to Microsoft’s annual Worldwide Partner Conference in Houston last week, or if you did and you’d just like to relive the experience, here’s a selection of videos offering a taste of the show.

Microsoft’s conferences are always known for their entertaining and high-budget videos, such as the time founder Bill Gates was out on trial by The People’s Court. In this year’s channel-themed video installment, Microsoft channel chief Allison Watson tried her hand at a channel-themed rap video:

With Gates having retired from the day-today of Microsoft the new face of the software vendor is CEO Steve Ballmer, a man with a history of, shall we say, energetic keynote performances. By past standards, Ballmer’s WPC 08 address was positively sedate:

It wasn’t all keynotes and rap videos in Houston though. Here’s a taste of the conference party and concert at Minute Maid Park, home of baseball’s Houston Astros:

And just for fun, here’s one from the archives of a vintage, more high-energy Steve Ballmer performance:

*CDN‘s full Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2008 coverage:

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A veteran technology and business journalist, Jeff Jedras began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the booming (and later busting) Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal, as well as everything from municipal politics to real estate. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada. He would go on to cover the channel as an assistant editor with CDN. His writing has appeared in the Vancouver Sun, the Ottawa Citizen and a wide range of industry trade publications.

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