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You may recall an article about the event published at Microsoft UK Student Blog the other day. Since 1991, the PDC has been the centre for students, developers and architects to gather and hear about the next generation of Microsoft technologies – this year was no exception and everyone was welcome to join. How come…? Well, for the first time in history, the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC) 2010 was streamed live from the Microsoft Campus in Redmond, USA – reaching a global audience of developers by organising some 200 local PDC watch events worldwide.

This exclusive broadcast was made possible by using a new online player from Microsoft incorporating the latest, cutting-edge technology including Silverlight, Windows Azure, and Town Hall.


The event kicked off on 28th October punctually at 9am in the USA (GMT-7) which is 5pm in the UK (GMT+1) and lasted until 5:30pm (1:30 am in the UK) – for whole two days delivering sessions in HD quality on state of the art technologies from Microsoft, spanning: Client & Devices, Cloud Services, Framework & Tools, Channel 9 and much more!

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The Academic Team at Microsoft UK being always committed to providing students with the best quality programs and initiatives, decided to come forward and host live streaming sessions at 8 universities throughout the country (including London South Bank University, University of Nottingham, King's College London, Cambridge University, University of Surrey, University of Hertfordshire, Manchester University, University of Southampton) in addition to Microsoft’s HQ in Reading – allowing students interested in leading edge technologies and professional developers to come together and watch Microsoft Executives (Steve Ballmer and Bob Muglia) delivering their keynotes at the beginning of the event.

Throughout the event, the local Microsoft UK staff partnered with NACUE members and held an interactive Q & A session (in person and via Twitter: #UKPDC10) on the content around PDC10 and “all things Microsoft for students” in general. We were amazed by the level of engagement with the audience and the smart questions and true interest in the subject coming from the students. One of them, at Nottingham University even ended up demoing a Windows Phone 7 device to anyone who would be interested to see – fantastic! Smile

From my perspective, joined by James Marshall from Microsoft UK’s Live@Edu team – we had a great pleasure of meeting with one of our MSPs (Microsoft Student Partners): Blake Pender at King's College London. Blake remained fully engaged throughout the event and came along to us afterwards to catch up and share his views on the PDC10 session. Make sure to check out his blog post here.

This was a fantastic event – we’re all looking forward to the next PDC soon.

In the meantime, why not check out all the materials from PDC10 edition? Once again, it all starts with the keynotes by Microsoft Executives (Steve Ballmer and Bob Muglia). Enjoy!

Thank you very much and we hope to engage with you all again soon.

Rafal Kwiek on behalf of the Academic Team at Microsoft UK