The PDC is the pinnacle of the Microsoft events calendar as far as I’m concerned: it’s the flagship event for developers, offering the most comprehensive, future-looking, technically deep, densely-packed set of sessions from Microsoft speakers you can find anywhere. This year is no exception: we’ve got a great line up and speculation is mounting about some of the new technologies we’ll be introducing. Lots of surprises await and I guarantee that you’ll miss out on some really cool stuff if you’re not there in person. Registration is going faster than we expected and the event is starting to fill up quickly.
The PDC comes off the back of one of the most important product releases for Microsoft in years: of course, I’m talking about Windows 7. We’ve held back on announcing most of the deep Windows breakout sessions so far (stay tuned), but today we’re announcing something rather special: a Windows 7 bootcamp presented by key leaders from around the product engineering team and others who have been deeply involved in the product development process. This will be the single most densely-packed day we can put together on the subject of Windows development: we’ll take a bottom-up approach to our newest operating system, covering everything from kernel changes to new DirectX 11 features like compute shaders and the hardware-accelerated 2D and text rendering engines that will eventually supplant the venerable GDI libraries.
Confirmed speakers include:
The bootcamp is the day before the PDC itself starts and takes place in the Los Angeles Convention Center.
And the best part is – it’s absolutely free! Normally we’d charge several hundred dollars for a pre-conference event like this, but the Windows team has agreed to sponsor this event to ensure that nobody misses out because of the tough economic climate. You can attend the bootcamp free even if you haven’t signed up for the rest of the PDC (although we’d love you to join us for the rest of the event).
We’ve got limited space, so don’t delay in signing up. See you there!
That is a shame that it is only for one day as I am on another course that day. I wonder if the content from the bootcamp will be available anywhere to download after the event. I am interested in what Yochay Kiriaty has to say.
I missed out this workshop, wondering when i would get to download this workshop.
Its been two weeks. When will the video of this session be available, as we were promised?
Tim, I am a power user and prefer the clean interface of WinXP over Vista and Win7. Win7 does have some nice eye candy and I like the jump lists and previews and such. However, I see some serious problems. First of all, pinned taskbar icons don't use space efficiently. If you do small icons and add a lot of them, you end up with a very inconvenient scrollbar instead of having the icons wrap like they did in QuickLaunch. Also, in Windows Explorer, when I drill down inside folders in the content pane, the folder list pane often isn't refreshing/adjusting, which is very irritating. In general, I'm annoyed when things are hidden/obfuscated and I have to go searching for them. Please fix these problems and keep my comments in mind when you're designing UI "improvements". Thanks.