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Gadgets and Goodies: The Microsoft Across America Team Visits NMSU
People gather outside waiting for their turn to tour.
On April 2nd the Microsoft Across America team cruised up to New Mexico State University in order show off their latest and greatest software and technological toys. Yes, this 42-foot fully equipped truck parked outside Corbett Center Student Union completely loaded up for an afternoon of information, pizza, and chances to win the new MS Vista and other prizes.
With collaboration between ICT, NMSU Bookstore, and New Horizons of NM, this event was a huge success. Upon Microsoft Truck’s arrival, the crowd began to gather, as the on-board Microsoft Technology Specialist, Dan Morgan, began giving showcase tours, and New Horizons’ Tim Hand and Erik Lopez started giving informative sessions regarding some of the latest and most popular software. New Horizons is a computer learning center that offers individuals and businesses specialized training in a multitude of programs in order to “keep up with changing technology; obtain advanced technical skills through hands-on, real world experience; and get an advantage in career development.” For more information regarding New Horizons of NM, visit the New Horizons Website.
Shawn Green, talks about his dot com after taking a tour of the new MS Vista software.
Morgan gave tours and answered questions for over four hours regarding anti-virus, anti-spyware, Firewall, performance tune-ups, and data backup and restoration. When he asked the tour groups what they thought about the new MS Vista software, there was quite the amount of positive feedback. Shawn Green, an undergraduate student who went for a truck tour, answered this question by saying “It’s awesome! I actually had a lot of questions, because I just started my own dot com. I wasn’t sure about which software to use, but now it won’t be hard to decide.”
Though many of the new applications and gadgets on the truck are closely related to small and midsized businesses, students and staff were still able to interact closely with the other product features and ask questions that pertained to their specific needs. Morgan boasted about the new Vista software being “the ultimate tool in multitasking” not to mention its “real-time” navigation, which are both just a couple features sure to catch the eyes of many college students. James Madalena Jr., an undergraduate studying English, was asked why he decided to come out to this event, and he explained how he had already purchased MS Vista and simply had a few questions regarding the new features. Madalena said that he is already enjoying the ease of the software.
Denes Feher, the MS Truck Tour Master, grabs a slice of pizza.
Denes Feher, the tour master of the MS Truck with nearly four decades of experience, said that after NMSU they were headed over to Phoenix, AZ for a week, and then maybe California. With a total of six Microsoft Across America trucks, Feher explained that there is always something exciting happening on the road or something needing to be packed!
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