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Microsoft puts PDC devcon on hold

There's nothing to show for it
Fri May 25 2007, 12:43
MICROSOFT HAS postponed its Professional Developer Conference that was due to take place from 2-5 October in La-la land.

In a note on the MSDN site, it explains that the PDC events are usually scheduled to coincide with major development efforts.

“By this fall, however, upcoming platform technologies including Windows Server 2008, SQL Server codenamed 'Katmai', Visual Studio codenamed 'Orcas' and Silverlight will already be in developers' hands and approaching launch, which is where we'll focus our developer engagement in the near term. We will update this site when we have a new date for the PDC that is better timed with the next wave of platform technologies.”

Not everybody will be convinced by this logic, however. As Microsoft has its finger in any number of pies, this PDC could have given it the opportunity to show that there's more to the company than the Windows and Office cash-cows. Also, it's not as if any of the major programmes ever stop being developed.

Maybe this means that, like Intel, Microsoft might be looking outside of the US to invest more of its huge conference budget. Or maybe it means something else entirely.

“So, this means a couple of things: no new Windows and no major new Internet strategy this year,” writes the former Microsoft in-house blogger Robert Scoble.

Ah, OK then.

The previous PDC page here suggested Microsoft was “back in LA and we're ready to do it again, PDC stule!”

Not now you're not. µ

 

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