Every other blog has already announced the arrival of Channel 9, so I won’t go into much detail. But, think of it as an experiment by Microsoft to foster frank and open discussion with the developer community. You’ll probably learn about the future direction of some of our products, and we hope to get some good feedback and suggestions from you. The first item in the doctrine sums it up:
Channel 9 is all about the conversation. Channel 9 should inspire Microsoft and our customers to talk in an honest and human voice. Channel 9 is not a marketing tool, not a PR tool, not a lead generation tool.