I organized and ran my first developer lab at our Platform Adoption Center (otherwise known as building 20) in early March. We had quite a few component vendors in attendance. Our work was focused on helping the vendors ensure that their components are compatible with Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2, and we had a number of product team members there to help. The guys from Channel 9 were kind enough to visit, and they shot some short video segments:
Developer labs are great resources for not only our customers and partners, but also for us. Because lab attendees work side-by-side with the people building our products, we get extremely valuable feedback that can be incorporated into our products. This is just one of the many ways we validate that our technology can be used in very real-world scenarios.