Blistering sunshine and hordes of elated French football fans greeted the 5,000 IT professionals who descended upon Nice last week to attend the Microsoft Tech Ed 98 conference.
While France celebrated reaching the World Cup final, Microsoft showed off the latest build of NT 5 and promised the delayed Beta 2 "some time real soon". NT 5 was the most popular topic, followed closely by Windows Terminal Server.
But the loudest applause was heard when a Microsoft Product Evangelist showed IT managers a trick which forced NT 4 to crash.
Not everybody thought their #1,400 attendance fee was well spent, however.
An ICL IT executive told PC Week: "If my finance director asked me to justify this trip, I'd find it really hard. I could learn just as much by scanning the Web. I'm interested in NT 5, but most of the talks are just broad overviews. I really want more details."
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