The Canadian launch of Windows Server 2008, SQL Server and Visual Studio featured a special guest appearance by Kevin Turner, Microsoft’s chief operating officer. His has the credentials — former Wal-Mart CIO, Sam’s Club head honcho — but it was his looks and voice that caught the crowd off-guard. With his receding brown hair, bushy moustache and southern accent, Turner was the spitting image (okay, slightly rounder) of Dr. Phil McGraw!
“You people are heroes,” he drawled, and we were half-expecting him to end with an authoritative “Let’s do it!” or a stern, “I want you to get excited about your life!”
Turner even had Dr. Phil’s stage presence, asking questions of Microsoft employees during the demo that sounded straight out of a segment of The Shopping Channel, if not Oprah. Ever the media-savvy Redmond exec, however, Turner refused to weigh in on the medical condition or psychiatric treatment of Britney Spears.