This year’s Computerworld Expo launched today with record crowds fighting for a place in the queue, while inside the calm before the storm was only interrupted by the usual last-minute hunt for sticky tape, business cards and network addresses.
The first two-storey stand is in evidence courtesy of Fuji Xerox and while usually good coffee is in short supply, this year there are a number of stands with their own coffee machines, including the IDG Communications stand. Hunger pangs can be staved off at the Job Universe site which is offering jellybeans but you may have a fight on your hands as the queues for entrance are still extremely long as lunchtime looms large.
“We won’t have exact figures till this evening but they’re still queuing up which is amazing,” says Expo business manager Doug Casement.
“There are 81 exhibitors this year, up from 60-odd in 2000, which is great.”
Visitors can also get their hands dirty on a pre-release demo of both Windows XP and the new Office suite at the Microsoft stand.
“We will be one of the only countries in the world to offer Windows XP registration,” says Microsoft spokeswoman Bridget Reeves. She also commiserated over the demise of Clippy, Microsoft’s much maligned help facility. Users will still be able to call on the services of Rocky the dog if they have to, she says, although it will no longer be the Office default.