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  • Blog Post: Evolving the PDC09 Event Site

    Did you know that the PDC is assembled and run by the same group that does MIX? At this year’s MIX09 in Las Vegas , we hired a company to facilitate seven on-site focus groups, each comprised of around 10 attendees. While the questions covered a broad range of event topics, many related to our “online...
  • Blog Post: PDC09

    Are you ready for our 14th Professional Developers Conference!? We’re back at the Los Angeles Convention Center this November, and as always, it’s going to be fun event! We have one day of workshops (formerly referred to as pre-cons ) on Monday, November 16th, and the main conference runs from Tuesday...
  • Blog Post: PDC2008 Keynote and Session Video Links

    I've posted a PDC2008 Sessions page that contains a simple list of all keynotes and sessions by title with links to each corresponding page on Channel 9. I've also made it easy to download the PowerPoint presentations and to grab any sample code the speaker has elected to provide. I hope you find it...
  • Blog Post: PDC2008 Sessions

    While you can browse sessions by tag on the Channel 9 PDC2008 page , here's a simple list of all keynotes and sessions by code and title. Clicking the keynote or session title will take you directly to the corresponding page on Channel 9 where you can stream and download each video. If available, I've...
  • Blog Post: PDC2008 Session and Keynote Recordings Are Now Published

    Recordings of the PDC2008 sessions and keynotes are now available online for free , for anyone (no login required). Each session has its own page that includes a Silverlight viewer to watch streaming video and a Download link for iPod (MP4), WMV, WMV (High), and Zune. A few of the sessions and formats...
  • Blog Post: PDC2008 Downloadable Master Session List

    Only three more days before PDC2008 kicks off in Los Angeles. It's hard to believe that the big event is almost here! If you won't be able to join us at the conference, be sure to bookmark www.microsoftpdc.com and watch the first two keynotes streamed live. Keep checking back for news, announcements...
  • Blog Post: Send Me Your PDC Video

    In a little over a week, we'll be holding an all-hands meeting for Microsoft employees who are attending PDC2008. It'll be a huge meeting with many hundreds of people, including the core team, virtual team, content team, speakers, staff, and anyone else who plans to be at the event. I've been asked to...
  • Blog Post: PDC2008: A Day in the Life #7

    The first full week of PDC2008 dry-runs is complete! If you're not familiar with our dry-run process, take a look at PDC2008: A Day in the Life #6 . The on-campus dry-runs continue through this Thursday. After that, we have a little over a week to make final edits before the big event in Los Angeles...
  • Blog Post: PDC2008: A Day in the Life #6

    Today was our first day of PDC2008 dry-runs on campus. To present a session at the conference, all speakers are required to rehearse their session in front of the content team and a handful of their peers. This is in addition to the proposals and outlines that are part of an earlier vetting process....
  • Blog Post: PDC2008: A Day in the Life #5

    I have an internal PDC2008 gadget running in my Windows Sidebar, and it reports that there are only 25 days remaining before the big event. In "event time," that seems like tomorrow! I'll probably go to sleep tonight and wake up in the Los Angeles Convention Center. I'm not sure if I'd consider that...
  • Blog Post: More Bits, Windows 7 Sessions, and Keynote Speakers for PDC2008

    As promised , we published 17 additional Windows 7 sessions this morning. If you were wondering how much you'd hear about Windows 7 at this year's Professional Developers Conference , you now have the answer: a lot . A few of the session descriptions simply say "TBD"...and that's not because...
  • Blog Post: PDC2008 Hard Drives, Services, Windows 7, and More

    It's going to be an awesome PDC2008 , baby! Before you read the rest of my post, watch this short 4 1/2 minute video that we published this afternoon on Channel 9 for some helpful context. Please forgive my super-reflective forehead...I still remember the "oily" result from when my mom had me fill out...
  • Blog Post: PDC2008: A Day in the Life #4

    So soon after A Day in the Life #3 , you ask? Indeed! There are a few questions that I get over and over from people both internal and external to Microsoft, and I thought I’d address them in a blog post. Question #1: “I’m a third-party speaker (or ‘I know a third-party speaker…’) who has spoken at other...
  • Blog Post: PDC2008: A Day in the Life #3

    Before I forget, be sure to check out the latest videos on Channel 9 in our weekly Countdown to PDC2008 series (or just look for anything tagged PDC08 ). The 10-minute-or-so shows are fun to make, and Jennifer and I would love your feedback, questions, and suggestions. Plus, we’ve been introducing a...
  • Blog Post: New Show: Countdown to PDC2008

    Jennifer Ritzinger and I have started a new show called Countdown to PDC2008 , and we just published our first episode on Channel 9. We’ve been recording an internal video series (of the same name) for about ten episodes now, and some fellow employees suggested that the format might also work for an...
  • Blog Post: PDC2008: A Day in the Life #2

    [You can skip to the last two paragraphs if you’d like to offer suggestions] Here we are…one month later with the second post in a series about the PDC2008 Content Owner role. If you don’t know what a Content Owner does, I’d recommend reading PDC2008: A Day in the Life #1 for context. As mentioned...
  • Blog Post: PDC2008 Registration Opens with Preliminary Sessions

    The wait is over! The public PDC2008 site just went live, and you can now register for the conference (and save $200 if you register early). We've published a preliminary set of topics that represents only a fraction of the over 160 sessions you'll see at the event. Topics include software + services...
  • Blog Post: PDC2008: A Day in the Life #1

    As the PDC2008 Content Owner and a member of the Core Team, my days are filled with PDC-related activities. I thought I'd blog about some of these activities in a series called A Day in the Life . My hope is that I'll be able to post more of these as we approach PDC2008 this October . So, if you're interested...
  • Blog Post: Being Green at PDC2008

    As the Content Owner for PDC2008, I'm now a member of the Tier 1 Events Council at Microsoft. This is a group that meets a few times a year to share ideas and best practices around our largest events (like Tech·Ed , MIX, and PDC). We met all day today and covered a number of great topics. One of our...
  • Blog Post: PDC 2008 Conference Scheduling Using a Genetic Algorithm

    If you read my What Do I Do post, you'll know that I'm the Content Owner for this year's PDC 2008 in Los Angeles. MIX08 is behind us, and I've just recently transitioned away from my Web GO role. This means that I can now focus 100% of my time and attention on our October event. It's going to be fantastic...
  • Blog Post: What Does “Sold Out” Actually Mean?

    You’ve probably heard that next week’s MIX08 conference in Las Vegas is sold out. But do you know what that actually means? Does it mean that we decided months ago to cap registrations at an arbitrary number of attendees? Or perhaps we picked a mystical date? Or a financial target? Or the...
  • Blog Post: What Do I Do? Top sites, MIX08, and PDC08.

    A few days ago, I received the following e-mail: Help me out here. I've been reading your blog off and on for years and I can't figure out what it is you do. Your obviously involved with the PDC and MIX conferences, you send a lifesize cardboard cutout of yourself as your resume, you've made a...
  • Blog Post: PDC05 Session Hosting Extended Through June 30, 2006

    We've extended hosting for the PDC05 post-show sessions through June 30, 2006. Hosting was originally scheduled to end on April 15, but because the information is still very relevant and useful, we've pushed everything out by two-and-a-half more months. The PDC05 sessions represent over 250 hours...
  • Blog Post: Be Seen at MIX 06

    Sure, you can visit the MIX 06 site and read the blah, blah, blah. Or, you can just download the essentials to your brain and register before Web 2.0 passes you by. Let me make it easier for you: if you're a developer, professional designer, or business decision maker that cares about the imminent future...
  • Blog Post: PDC05 Session Downloads

    In response to your requests, I've compiled a list of direct download links to the 209 PDC05 sessions that we're hosting. Please note that these zip file downloads are no different than what you can download using the online interface . This is simply another way to access and browse the same information...
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