One of our most popular PDC speakers, Steve Marx, joins Jennifer and Mike to talk about Azure and the cloud, as he reveals some hints about his PDC sessions. Think there isn’t much new in the last year, or that the news around Azure is purely going to be about the business model? Think again, and let’s get nerdy!
And don’t forget about our LIVE Countdown to PDC09 Show on Friday, November 13th at noon PST. We’ll be taking your questions from Twitter…live! More»
Charles Torre joins Mike and Jennifer to discuss the Technical Leaders series to be held at PDC. For the first time ever, you’ll get to participate in a perfect storm of intelligence, imagination, knowledge, and vision as we bring together Microsoft’s Technical Fellows for the Technical Leaders sessions at PDC09. These are the big brains that develop and drive technical strategies for Microsoft and the industry; if you want to be inspired, this is a series you won’t want to miss.
This week, Thomas Lewis (a.k.a. The Spider King) co-hosts with the always loveable Mike Swanson to talk about From The Labs which will debut at PDC09. It kicks off with Mike talking about the $300 discount (you have already registered haven’t you?) and how INETA is “bringing it” with Birds of a Feather (known as BOFs) which are opportunities for attendees to present topics of interest to them in an open way at PDC09. Then Mike and Thomas get brutal talking about From the Labs, a track that focuses on projects and prototypes that are incubated More»
In this episode of the Countdown to PDC09 show, Mike talks with Kenny Young, an architect on the Expression Blend team, and Josh Benaloh, a senior cryptographer in Microsoft Research about the puzzles they plan to inflict on our PDC09 attendees. These are the guys who have been providing the puzzles that we’ve been tweeting recently, and they brought their own Hard Hat Challenge. Mike also reminds everyone about the caption contest at www.nxtgenug.net for a free PDC09 pass, and talks briefly about the Visual Studio Documentary to be shown at the event, including a Q&A panel after More»
Clint Rutkas joins just Ritzy this week (Mike wasn’t allowed out of his PDC09 keynote cage), to discuss some of the fun we’ll be bringing to LA! The Coding4Fun apps will be on display, including one serving up drinks (really!!). Clint and his crew will be in the Big Room at PDC, showing off their latest innovations that combine both interesting technologies and entertaining hobbies . . . not everything one codes has to be for the man! And speaking of ‘the man’, or rather ‘the guy’….what did the Channel 9 guy say to the More»
Meet the owner of the PDC cloud services track, James Conard. Yep, it’s true, general availability of Azure will be announced at PDC (buy a datacenter in the cloud, if you will) but don’t think that’s all we’ve got up our sleeves! The Windows Azure Platform has come a long way in the last year since it was first announced at PDC last year, and we have a lot of progress to talk about, plus new innovations that we’ll unveil at PDC this year – listen to James as he drops hints as to what those announcements will More»
Did you really think we were going to have a PDC without a boatload of new Windows content? Puhleeeeeze! Meet Tim Sneath, the manager of the Client track, who is guiding and overseeing sessions to make sure we really get in there and make your brain hurt, as the PDC likes to do. And while we’re at it, why not throw in a whole other day of Windows 7 training with the recently announced developer boot camp that will happen on November 16 at the PDC. Whether you are going to the full conference or not, you More»
Developers scoffing at Office and SharePoint? Not anymore they don’t! Steve Fox, the productivity track owner for Office, SharePoint, CRM and Unified Communications, talks to us about what kind of IW dev content we’ll have on these technologies at PDC, and what to expect that is different from the other events featuring these same products. We also announce the FREE Windows 7 Developer Boot Camp that will be held on November 16 at PDC, and Mike gives another hint to the last Hard Hat Challenge which remains unsolved: turtle!
In my post, Evolving the PDC09 Event Site, learn how we used focus groups to prioritize improvements to the online conference experience so that you can more effectively plan, organize, navigate, consume, and share PDC09 content. We’ve tried to simplify the overall site design this year, increase the prominence of keynotes, workshops, and sessions, and make it even easier to create and manage your own personal schedule. As we get closer to the event, we’ll reveal additional features that enable you to stream keynotes from the comfort of home, navigate the event with your mobile device, and take advantage More»
You think PDC this year will be all about the cloud, tools and the OS? Think again! We’ve got loads of server content coming out our 64-bit procs. Volker Will, our content guru overseeing all of our server sessions, is our guest of honor this week and he describes some of the new cool stuff we’ll be talking about at PDC (plus he hints at some top secret stuff that we can’t reveal until we’re in Los Angeles). In addition to Windows Server, SQL and BizTalk will make appearances, so keep your eye on the sessions page and More»