It’s official, WinHEC 2007 in the Big Easy

This announcement has been made quietly.  I guess my Campaign for anything bug Seattle can be retired now.

Comments (5)

  1. Hopefully there will be a DDC as an alternative.  I found the two WinHEC’s in to be the worst in recent years.  The convention center has had heating and cooling problems, as well as being a pain to get around.  Add to that the typically there are a lot fewer Microsoft dev’s present, and it is frustrating conference.  Of all the locations I have been to for WinHEC in the last 10 years I like New Orleans the least.

    Of course maybe we can have a DTM presentation in the same hall where we almost rioted because of the needs for all the systems, and where we were promised that DTM’s design would be modified to work with a two machine case of "a normal development system and a testbed".  

    Don Burn

  2. Ed Dekker says:

    Seattle offers the chance for more Microsoft employees to attend and therefore is my first choice for a Winhec site. I would prefer Seattle be selected as the permanent site for WinHec and the DDC.  

    The New Orleans convention center is a terrible choice.  It is one of the few places which have me questioning if I really want to attend the conference. It is physically distant from all but one hotel and even that hotel is still an unacceptably long walk given the topology of the convention center.  The rules and staff of the New Orleans convention center are by far the worst of any convention center I have ever visited. Remember the guards outside of sessions in the auditorium confiscating caffeine containing beverages.  (An absolute rule for WinHec should be to eliminate any site from consideration which includes scheduling any morning or afternoon session in a caffeine free zone.) The rooms were either hot or cold – with little in between.  

    I too hope there is a Driver Development Conference next year making it easier to decide to avoid New Orleans.

    Better sites include:

    Seattle  (more Microsoft developers is a big plus)

    Las Vegas (by far the city with the best conference infrastructure)

    San Francisco


    (Having spent 4 days this week unsuccessfully attempting to get DTM to work, a riot sounds about right.)

  3. dispensa says:

    Cool! Sounds like fun.

  4. Joseph M. Newcomer says:

    New Orleans?  That was the WORST WinHEC site I’ve ever been to!  In fact, my memory of that WinHEC is so bad that I would probably avoid coming at all!

    The climate sucks.  The conference center sucks.  It is the worst place I ever tried to attend a conference in.  And we’re going to be dealing with a city that was nearly destroyed by a hurricane.  

    I’ve been to New Orleans twice for Microsoft conferences.  That was two times more than anyone needs to visit that city in their lifetime.  I see no reason I should go there a third time.

    For that matter, the 2006 hurricane season is just starting.  Are we sure the city is even going to be there in 2007?

    Please drop this city from consideration for any and all Microsoft events.

    The only reason it was doable at all was that there was no rain.  There is no way anyone in an electric wheelchair is going to be able to negotiate the hotel-to-conference-center in rain.  In other venues, it is either in the same hotel, or within a block (e.g., Seattle, SF, Anaheim).  

    Beyond the restaurants, there is absolutely nothing in the city that I found worth leaving the hotel for.  In my few attempts to see what music was available, I discovered that New Orleans substitutes decibels for quality, and I was forced to flee to preserve my hearing.  And other cities have interesting restaurants as well.  Having visited New Orleans the first time, I had believed the PR mythology that they like to promote, but the reality was that I found it an unpleasant venue, and an unpleasant city, and that the PR is pure hype.  

    WinHEC isn’t even all that productive compared to the Driver Developers’ Conference.  The last WinHEC, having eliminated the evening BOF sessions, was a complete waste of time in terms of interacting with Microsoft.  Putting the conference in what is probably the worst major city venue in the entire United States is not a big inducement to attend.

    But then, why should Microsoft pay attention to customers’ needs any longer?  The VS.NET IDE, DTM, and Office 12 all illustrate that customer needs are a poor second to coolness and other incomprehensible criteria, so putting WinHEC in New Orleans just makes the "we don’t care about you" philosophy a bit more apparent.

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