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The Big News Out of Tech Ed

The biggest news to come out of the Tech Ed North America 2010 Conference has little to do with Windows Azure or Windows Phone 7 or Microsoft's expanded business intelligence stack. No, the most important thing that I learned at the show was that more than 10,000 people attended the Tech Ed event in New Orleans this week.

That figure is significantly higher than the 8,000 or so that Microsoft expected, according to a couple people I spoke with. Apparently a late rush of registrations in the past month or so drove the attendance numbers well above Redmond's expectations. And given the calamitous state of the events industry in the IT and dev space over the past few years, the figures are a certainly welcome sign.

My question is, could the positive numbers out of Tech Ed be the harbinger of better things ahead in our industry? Andrew Brust certainly seems to think so.

Were you at the Tech Ed event? What's your take on the activity trends in the .NET development space? And might we expect to see more of you traveling to upcoming events like our VSLive! conference in Redmond in August?

Posted by Michael Desmond on 06/11/2010 at 12:53 PM


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Tue, Jun 15, 2010 Jim Fort Worth Texas

I was disappointed with this year's Tech Ed. It had one keynote that lack energy but it did have some vision with Azure. The breaks outs I attended on SharePoint, Mobile &, and Azure were ok but like the keynote they lacked energy and I didn’t get a feel for any vision. The SilverLight breakouts were very good mainly because SilverLight 4 has the design to allow offline use (code once use twice) and interacts with COM so one can interact with Office applications via the web. A note a about Mobile 7, the features offered are good but the design of the phone reminds me of Radio Shack equipment and it younger people (16 – 30) are not going to be big customers so I don’t see cell phones lasting as part of Microsoft. Microsoft needs new leadership that has vision beyond the Enterprise much like Google and Apple does.

Tue, Jun 15, 2010 Michael Desmond Editor in Chief, Visual Studio Magazine

I don't begrudge Nader his points. The food in the press room was no great shakes, either. The real issue was that the press room itself was only open for the first two days of the show, which was quite surprising. The issue of the BI co-location and available seats for sessions is a valid point. End of the day, though, a lot of those sessions were full because a lot more people than expected showed up at the show. If Microsoft hadn't gotten that late rush, I'm betting things would have gone much smoother.

Tue, Jun 15, 2010 Eric NJ

I agree with Nader on a few points. The food was horrid (especially breakfast)and the good classes were packed. However, it's still a great conference and serves as a great resource for Devs and IT Pros. Just lose the continental breakfast next year!!!!

Fri, Jun 11, 2010 Nader Sidahmed Canton MA

I was very disapointed in this years TechED. The sessions were not repeated as in the past in the event of scheduling conflicts. Too many sessions were full, Organization of the event was sloppy and the food was bad, The classess were more marketing and less techinical. The event was shrunk down to 4 days(not enough time). BI conference attendees took seats from TechED attendees. Several good sessions took place too late in the day and were again full. TechED 2008 was far better.

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