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Ken Levy - In the field in Switzerland

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During his trip to several European developer events last November, Ken Levy stops by the Microsoft offices in Zurich Switzerland and goes to lunch with Simone Stocker and Corina Erny-Boehi. During lunch, the topic of Channel 9 is brought up and Ken learns that they watch Channel 9 videos weekly. So he takes out is digital camcorder and starts interviewing them without any upfront notice, not even Ken planned it in advance.

The 6 minute discussion is about what they both do in the Zurich offices, various community efforts, and what they would like to see more of on Channel 9.

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  • Tip: Since this video is short, I recorded it in 640x480 resolution using my Sony M1 digital camera. 640x480 WMV is what you get when you download the file by right clicking Save Target As on the Download button (32MB). Watching the video in the window or full screen streaming online is 320x480 - normal on Ch9.
  • ZippyVZippyV Fired Up
    Maybe Simone or Corina can tell us why there is such a big difference in Microsoft's software prices between the US and Europe.
  • CharlesCharles Welcome Change
    We always stream videos in a lower res than the downloadable versions.

    Thanks for the great content, Ken!

    C
  • Martin Ennemosermawcc Make it so

    Fun video. Although the first two of "Scoble's Rules for Channel 9 Videos" have been violated:

    1. Video has to start with "Who are you"?
    2. "Look at me, not at the camera"

     

  • onon
    This video is only about the girls Smiley Fie!
  • I was going to say shouldn't the title be who you're interviewing? But then I realized it is Ken going after the ladies... Go Ken! Tongue Out


  • CharlesCharles Welcome Change
    Scoble doesn't make the rules for how Channel 9 videos get done. He happens to like people to answer "Who are you?" and not look at the camera. Other makers of Channel 9 content are free to be themselves. Sometimes, looking at the camera is entirely appropriate.


    C
  • About the rules mentioned. I didn't start the video with "Who are you" since it was not planned and I just basically turned on the camera while we were talking. In fact, I didn't even plan for the video I recorded to go on Channel 9, but then after I reviewed it later and after Charles reviewed it, we realized it would be good to post since it adds some information and transparency about Microsoft people who work outside of Redmond, in this case Europe.

    The "Look at me, not at the camera" was because I was holding the camera right in front of me, again not even thinking of a formal Ch9 video but just something for fun, maybe even something to delete later. But as the conversation got going, some interesting stuff was discussed about what they do in the Zurich offices that relate to other external field offices at Microsoft.

  • LaBombaLaBomba Summer
    Whenever Charles talks about Scoble, is it resentment or envy that I detect? Perhaps a bit of both... Tongue Out

    Probably because Scoble gets Paid to go to all these cool different places around the world, and just blog about it (CES, Paris, etc.); while the rest of the team is stuck in their offices.

    Company picks up the tab...Scoble files a $400 dinner expense, man Scoble has it real good!
  • CharlesCharles Welcome Change
    LaBomba wrote:
    Whenever Charles talks about Scoble, is it resentment or envy that I detect?


    Neither. Your interpretation is incorrect. I have nothing but good feelings for Scoble and consider him a true asset to Microsoft and the industry at large. Without a doubt, Channel 9 would not be as successful as it is without Scoble. Plain and simple. True story.

    Sometimes people think that only one person drives the content on Channel 9 and decides what's the "right" way to "do" Channel 9. Fact is, even though Scoble is the most prolific content creator on Channel 9, he is not the only one and we like people to feel that they are free to be as creative as they want when making content for Channel 9, not having to follow so-called Scoble Rules of Video creation.

    Make great content. Have fun.

    C
  • LaBombaLaBomba Summer
    Channel 9: "It's not all about Scoble!"
  • ZippyV wrote:
    Maybe Simone or Corina can tell us why there is such a big difference in Microsoft's software prices between the US and Europe.


    I could be wrong (I live in the USA) but it would seem to me that a large part of the increase in price would be the VAT. Tax levels on software are nowhere near those levels in the states.
  • I suspect the lady on the left is a little drunk! Smiley
  • TheProgrammerThe​Programmer Always on edge thinking...
    Schneider wrote:
    I suspect the lady on the left is a little drunk!


    They both are. Wink
  • scobleizerscobleizer I'm the video guy
    LaBomba wrote:
    Whenever Charles talks about Scoble, is it resentment or envy that I detect? Perhaps a bit of both...

    Probably because Scoble gets Paid to go to all these cool different places around the world, and just blog about it (CES, Paris, etc.); while the rest of the team is stuck in their offices.

    Company picks up the tab...Scoble files a $400 dinner expense, man Scoble has it real good!


    If you're gonna be jealous of my lifestyle, then remember the downsides. I was in an hour long taxi line at midnight on the way to CES and got home at 2 a.m. on Sunday morning coming home and was so tired I slept all day long. I also slept a night with Paul Mooney (I'm jealous of him, he went to 24 conferences last year) in the Sin City Hostel. Top THAT! A story like that could make the tabloids. Tongue Out

    But, I do have an awesome life. I pinch myself every day.
  • scobleizerscobleizer I'm the video guy

    By the way, the reason that I don't like it when you look in the camera is cause it makes it seem like you're pitching. Er, selling. And Channel 9 is anti-selling.

    The reason I ask people their names is cause I'm lazy and want to be able to figure out who I interviewed when I get back to my computer.

    They are like best practices. You can break these rules, but you break them at your own peril.

    Speaking of which, I gotta break them myself. I've been following too many rules lately...

  • Martin Ennemosermawcc Make it so
    mawcc wrote:

    Fun video. Although the first two of "Scoble's Rules for Channel 9 Videos" have been violated:

    1. Video has to start with "Who are you"?
    2. "Look at me, not at the camera"


    Sorry, I didn't expect this to be taken serious, I was just kidding. Of course videos should be different, especially if they are from different interviewers.

    Wink
  • ZippyVZippyV Fired Up
    Programous wrote:
    ZippyV wrote: Maybe Simone or Corina can tell us why there is such a big difference in Microsoft's software prices between the US and Europe.


    I could be wrong (I live in the USA) but it would seem to me that a large part of the increase in price would be the VAT. Tax levels on software are nowhere near those levels in the states.


    VAT is not the problem if the price difference is 200%.
  • Stevan VeselinovicSteve411 Me, all suited up!
    scobleizer wrote:
    LaBomba wrote: Whenever Charles talks about Scoble, is it resentment or envy that I detect? Perhaps a bit of both...

    Probably because Scoble gets Paid to go to all these cool different places around the world, and just blog about it (CES, Paris, etc.); while the rest of the team is stuck in their offices.

    Company picks up the tab...Scoble files a $400 dinner expense, man Scoble has it real good!


    If you're gonna be jealous of my lifestyle, then remember the downsides. I was in an hour long taxi line at midnight on the way to CES and got home at 2 a.m. on Sunday morning coming home and was so tired I slept all day long. I also slept a night with Paul Mooney (I'm jealous of him, he went to 24 conferences last year) in the Sin City Hostel. Top THAT! A story like that could make the tabloids.

    But, I do have an awesome life. I pinch myself every day.


    Work hard and you'll get there too, LaBomba. There's no feeling like the feeling you get when you finish a big project and the big payout comes.

    - Steve
  • These girls are real sweathearts. They should be send to Redmond and matched up with an eligible bachelor.Smiley
  • To answer the question posted about why Microsoft software products are sometimes priced different in the U.S. compared to other countries, I asked someone on the international product management team to provide me with some details. Here is the response, I would call it unofficial in the sense that it is not a formal statement but how we would answer if someone asked us in person:

    I don’t have an official answer, but my understanding is that Microsoft prices are the same world-wide. You need to understand that the price for Microsoft is the COGs (cost of goods) price, meaning the price we charge to a distributor. Then you have to add the cost of shipping, customs, distributor margin, etc. Microsoft doesn’t sell directly to customers so we don’t control the retail prices. The only cases I know were Microsoft doesn’t have the same prices for a product in a specific country is because we offer a lower price because for competitive reasons.

    Prices are generally set the same or lower in other countries, but I think the costs of customs, shipping, distributor market-up, and other import taxes can all add up for some countries to sometimes make the price higher.

  • BTW the video is a waste of time and should be plugged with that tag...

    ... unless you are into chickflicks which C9 is not my source for.

    This vid should be in Ken's private library and nowhere else. What did I learn from this: People have dinner together, they have a nice time and maybe afterwards ... more nice time, which is non of my business, of course.

    Cool

  • Bark at the moonBark at the moon I answered, but nobody asked - Wau Holland
    agarvan wrote:
    These girls are real sweathearts. They should be send to Redmond and matched up with an eligible bachelor.


    No can do, we keep 'em here Big Smile
    However, we have a lady by the name of Helga Kikurnutz who would like to come over Tongue Out
  • Bark at the moonBark at the moon I answered, but nobody asked - Wau Holland
    ZippyV wrote:
    Maybe Simone or Corina can tell us why there is such a big difference in Microsoft's software prices between the US and Europe.


    It's the same with Novell who you'd think might want to compete on that in Europe. You pay more euros than dollars, even when the dollar is worth a rupia against the euro Wink
    When you convert the price tag in euros to dollars and compare it to the US price, the difference is hard to explain.

    Example:
    ZENworks 7 Suite 1-Device/User e-License
    US: $130
    Europe: €146 = $177
    Difference 36%
    That's quite a bit of p&p, thank you very much.
  • ZippyV wrote:


    VAT is not the problem if the price difference is 200%.



    Looking around on the net, I cannot find any MS software that is 200% different between the us and europe. 15-20% difference seems to be the norm, and that can be attributed to VAT differences. Unless of course you are also adding in the difference in currency exchange rates. These change every day. 5 years ago the Euro to Dollar rate was much closer to 1:1. Are you suggesting that Microsoft should change its software pricing on all products in all countries every day??? That would be kinda ridiculous. The costs involved in hiring people to do that alone would increase the prices by more than 200%.

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