I’m looking forward to PDC again this year. Last year was the first time I have had the opportunity to attend and it was a real experience. We unleashed Windows Azure on the world and laid out the Microsoft cloud story, previewed the Office Web Apps plus a whole heap of other things – it was good to be there, to be part of it.

This year is we see the maturation of the vision with the commercial release of Windows Azure and SQL Azure – the services have really benefited from the year long Community Technology Preview (CTP) which has seen a load of developers kicking the tyres, telling us what they like, don’t like and really need. This user contribution has made for a much better product set, better suited to our customers needs.

PDC will also focus on Visual Studio 2010 & .NET Framework 4 .0 Beta 2 and of course Windows 7.

You can still register for a $300 discount until 30th October (that’s 31st in NZ) – I would recommend the experience.