This week (Oct 26-30) developers and other technology professionals, innovators and business leaders will gather in L.A. for the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC). This is a critical event for developers and for Microsoft. Since 1991, the PDC has been Microsoft’s premier gathering of leading-edge developers and architects. People attend the PDC to understand the future of the Microsoft platform and to exchange ideas with fellow professionals. It has been three years since the last PDC and these events normally occur the year before major shifts in our strategy or on the verge of a wave of new products and technologies. For Canada’s developers and the Canadian media & influential bloggers this event represents a great opportunity to learn more about Microsoft’s
Developers are the foundation of the entire ecosystem around Microsoft and our platform. This is even more important as Microsoft embarks on a era of Software + Services, software that delivers powerful user experiences and software that unlocks the power of our client platforms. As many of you have heard, we expect major news around our Software+Services strategy, Windows 7, Silverlight and Visual Studio 2010 (just to name a few).
The Canadian Presence At PDC
Along with a strong contingent of customers, partners & MVPs we have a team attending the conference. Our team will ensure that there is a great Canadian experience at PDC. We will be blogging from the show all week - you can follow all the news from the Developer Connection blog. You can also follow us on Twitter @ www.twitter.com/canucksatpdc and the hastag #PDC2008.
Press / Blogger Engagement
We are bringing a total of 14 influencers (media, analysts and bloggers) from a wide range of publications including business, channel and trade publications. Over the course of three days, these media influencers will be attending a pre-show workshops, the Day 1 Ozzie keynote and a Microsoft Canada roundtable highlighting what select Canadian partners and customers are doing today and what opportunities they see in the future. Watch for coverage of PDC in your favorite media outlets.
What If You, Your Teams, Your Customers or Your Partners Cannot Attend?
If you cannot attend, much of the content will be available via the PDC website – www.microsoftpdc.com
And remember – every Canadian developer & IT professional can experience our very own technology conference – TechDays - in cities across Canada (starting in Toronto this week!)