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Could Microsoft be catching the presentation bug?

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By shane.perran in : SharePoint 2007 // Sep 26 2006

People are becoming more and more aware that presentation style is important.  Sites like presentationzen.com have done a fantastic job of thrownig tips out there and doing style-comparisons.

Last night we hosted another user group meeting – The topic was AJAX/Atlas and Christian Beauclair from Microsoft came to town to deliver the talk.

As he delivered the presentation I noticed a huge change in the normal Microsoft slide-style.  It was practically void of bullets and instead filled with 1 liners which kept the focus on him, a great speaker I might add.
I was thrilled to see this so after the talk as we strolled across the campus I mentioned the style-change.  He informed me that they (His team) were trying out a new style – a bullet-free-style!

I’ll be honest I’m not a big fan of their bullet infested huge complex-chart/diagram style presentations so this is a huge step in the right direction.

In other news, something I was unaware of until last night is that Microsoft recently (Sept11-06) renamed Atlas and it is now known in 3 ways:

  • The Atlas client-side library has become the Microsoft AJAX Library (MAJAX)
  • The Atlas server-side library has become the ASP.NET 2.0 AJAX Extensions
  • The Atlas Control Toolkit has become the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit

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