Thousands of Microsoft's workers headed to Seattle's Safeco Field, for company's annual employee meeting. Microsoft issued a no-tweeting edict, but some tipsters were kind enough to send a long a few tidbits. Among the highlights were a demo of a business intelligence app for Silverlight that'll connect to Microsoft's online productivity suite BPOS, as well as a demo by Chris Capossela showing how Windows Phone 7 connects to Office Web Apps.
In the comic videos, the best was a "Halo spoof" in which the red team was using WinP7 for comms and targeting, while the iPhone protected the blue team.
Ballmer noted that he checks Facebook every day, reflected on the lessons learned from the ill-fated Kin, and was asked whether the company was done laying off workers. "'Layoffs' is a very specific word," Ballmer told the paper. "Are we always trimming and remapping? We're always moving people around. We try something, a project doesn't quite work, we'll cut that team, we tell people find a job someplace else in the company. We're going to continue to do that sort of thing."