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Microsoft Open House 2009

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David Carnoy
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Microsoft's first annual "Open House" was held at the New York Armory on Park Avenue on October 6, 2009.
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Microsoft spent a lot of money giving the place a futuristic feel.
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Robbie Bach, head of Microsoft's entertainment and devices division, delivered the opening remarks in a a dome-like tent.
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Bach highlighted Windows Phone and the new features in Windows Mobile 6.5.
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The evolution of a Microsoft product.
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The new Zune HD also got some PowerPoint love.
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Microsoft built a futuristic tree-house to show off Windows Phone.
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The Retweet bird was a human who sang Twitter messages you sent her. We wish we had one of these around the office.
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A naturalistic phone stand in the tree-house.
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This is the highly anticipated Toshiba TGO1, which features a 4.1-inch, 800x480-pixel resolution touch-screen display. Its battery power was low.
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The slim Toshiba in profile.
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This bird was showing how you could print directly from the new HTC Touch Pro 2.
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The view from the tree-house.
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In the Xbox section, a representative was demonstrating Microsoft's upcoming HD video streaming feature (the movie is "Coraline").
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XBox Live will soon offer integrated social networking apps from Facebook and Twitter, as well as music streaming from last.fm (which is owned by CNET's parent company, CBS).
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Delving into the Facebook app.
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Playing Madden with CNET's Natali Del Conte. She took it to the house.
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The Windows area with Windows 7 getting the full promotional treatment.
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Nothing like some good computer peripherals.
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The Retweet parakeet finally gets my message. She sang it with conviction.

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