SYSK 242: PDC? TechEd? What about MIX?

Ok, so, probably are not going to be able to go to every professional conference…  Which one should you choose?


My personal view, formed based on content from previous conferences (read: this is not an official Microsoft statement) is that the PDC’s (Professional Development Conference) target audience is pretty much the hardcore "doers".  PDC  is very much about upcoming technologies… the “cutting” and “bleeding” edge stuff.  At this point, I’m not aware of if/when/where PDC 2007 will be held.


TechEd is another great training event.  In my opinion, the TechEd’s target audience includes a mix of devs, ops, business, trainers, etc. TechEd 2007 is schedule for June 3-8th in New Orleans, LA.  Visit for more information.


However, if you’re a web developer, check out the MIX conference.  MIX like PDC, is very much about upcoming technologies, but it’s specifically targeted to web developers.  MIX is Microsoft’s new (2006 was the first year for MIX) consumer web focused event, a 72-our conversation with developers, designer and business professionals to explore high-fidelity commerce, content, media, service and security. 


MIX07 will be held in Las Vegas at The Venetian hotel on April 30 – May 2, 2007.  Check out for more information.



Comments (2)

  1. Jan says:

    TechEd 2007 has been moved to Orlando, FL. You can read about it on the official TechEd page.

  2. Sean says:

    Actually, Techd 2007 has been moved to Orlando, FL June 4-8th.

    They mention that three Microsoft meetings in N.O. were moved to Orlando, so perhaps one of them is PDC 2007.

    Traditionally, PDC’s have been held in the fall — Orlando is quite nice in the August-Sept timeframe as opposed to June 😉

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