You've probably heard the news by now, but if you have not, it was announced last week that the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC) 2007 was postponed. At first I thought "this sucks" when I first heard the news, since I was looking forward to another trip to sunny Southern California. Not only that, but I passed on an opportunity to go to Tech Ed next week with the plan of attending the PDC instead. Oh well... too bad.
Anyway, at the end of the day, this is probably a not a bad thing. PDC has always been about future technologies. With all the Silverlight announcements at Mix last month, plus the pending arrival of Orcas, .NET 3.5, and Windows Server 2008 towards the end of this year, developers are going to have their hands full of new things to learn.
The bottom line is, Microsoft just isn't ready to talk about the next wave beyond Orcas yet. Better to hold back and have the PDC next year when there's more to talk about versus just re-hashing what was discussed at Mix and Tech Ed earlier in the year. I guess that makes sense to me if I were paying big $$ for PDC with the expectation of hearing about future technologies.
What I can say is that if folks are looking for a "re-hashing" of the technologies discussed at Mix & TechEd, my team is in the process of planning some local developer events on the east coast this fall that should fit the bill!
I completely understand and agree with MSFT's decision, and I had an inkling that the Sr. Leadership at MSFT wasn't ready to talk about the next wave after I read DBox's posting a few months back referring to all the conferences he was to head to this year, with a "?" after PDC.
I think what bothers me most is *when* the announcement was made. Had I known PDC was definitely to be cancelled, I would have headed to Tech*Ed. Now, most hotels and flights are booked, and I'm looking at the options for upcoming conferences and none too impressed. Tech*Ed Barcelona is a possibility, but a bit on the pricy side considering the cost of a Euro nowadays.