Around 2 months ago I took the time to fill out a nomination form for the “Office 2010 Real Life Stories“. I can’t recall how I came across the page, but at the time I figured that I had a few minutes and it never hurts to speak up. Probably a month ago now, I got a call from a nice gal at Microsoft who proceeded to interview me (and Heather) about our interest in the program and how we might be a good fit.
Fast forward a few more weeks, and I get an email explaining that we had been selected for the program.
What does this mean for me? I’m not sure yet. Here’s what I do know:
- I’ve been asked to be a part of a Real Life Stories group site and there are 50 or so other folks who are also in the program.
- They’re sending us a loaner laptop to use during the course of the program with Windows 7 and Office 2010 for our use for the 6 months of the program.
- The laptop will be a Latitude E5410, which I’m fairly enthusiastic about.
- We’ll get to retain a copy of Office 2010 for our participation in the process.
Right now, I’m simply in the waiting mode hoping that the laptop eventually arrives. Microsoft tried sending it, but it went back to Redmond because for some reason the laptop wasn’t able to fly with the specific type of battery, so now they’re shipping it ground, but I know from experience that might take days if not weeks to arrive if it was anything like UPS or FedEx Ground. Oh well, such is the life of a Juneauite.
Here’s a video from a past Real-Lifer, it’s funny to think that possibly Microsoft will be producing videos of Heather and I talking about how we utilize the software.
I guess it’s mostly forewarning that I’ll be sharing our experiences in the process, so stay tuned for further technology related updates.
And, if you have any questions that I can pass on to the folks I’m working with at Microsoft, be sure to comment below!
Till next time,