PDC05: A Post-Conference FAQ

This is my attempt to wrap up some of the most commonly-asked questions about the conference - hope this is helpful to you!

Q. Where can I find the conference presentations?
A. On the CommNet attendee website, which is open to both attendees and the developer community at large.

Q. Where can I watch the keynote presentations?
A. Both Bill Gates' and Jim Allchin's keynotes can be found online here. You can also find transcripts of the keynote presentations in the following locations: Bill Gates, Jim Allchin, Eric Rudder, Steven Sinofsky, Bob Muglia.

Q: I heard that attendees took lots of cool pictures while at the PDC?
A: Yes, they did... over 670 at last count. See the gallery of photos here.

Q. I didn't attend the PDC, but I want to install the latest software releases on my machine. Are any of them available?
A. Check out the following locations:

  • The WinFX Runtime Components are available on MSDN (including Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Communications Foundation and Windows Workflow Foundation).
  • The ASP.NET "Atlas" CTP site (including hands-on labs) is here.
  • Windows Max can be found here.
  • Microsoft Expression "Acrylic" can be downloaded in its August CTP form here.
  • You can request access to the Virtual Server 2005 R2 bits here.

Q. Can I get hold of "The Goods" (the DVD set handed out at the conference)?
A. Unfortunately, due to the conference being a sell-out, we no longer have any disc sets available.

Q. Can I get hold of the post-conference DVD set that contains recordings of the breakout sessions?
A. Sure - attendees will automatically receive this. Other interested developers can purchase it by visiting the Microsoft Event DVD Store, which you can find here. This content will also be made available for streaming via MSDN. Note that you are also allowed to host this material locally for internal use.

Q. Can I download the hands-on labs to explore on my own machine?
A. Good question, and I don't have an answer right now. Stay tuned and I'll update this page with more information when it becomes available.

Q. I heard something about a competition with Amazon. Where can I go for more information?
A. You heard right - Amazon and the Microsoft Visual Studio team are sponsoring a contest to build an innovative application that makes use of the Amazon Web Services from Visual Studio 2005. Prizes include Amazon gift certificates, Xbox 360 consoles and a copy of Microsoft Visual Studio 2005. Further details and contest rules can be found here.

Q. Where can I find transcripts, decks, or videos of the pre-conference sessions?
A. We don't have redistribution rights for most of the pre-con sessions, since so much of their content is developed by 3rd parties.

Comments (10)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the info. Another question I have is if we missed out on getting disk 6 in "The Goods" DVD package and the Visual Studio 2005 RC disk they were handing out on Friday, does anyone know who we can contact to get those now?

  2. Anonymous says:

    I did download the labs from http://commnet.microsoftpdc.com/labdownloads.aspx

    The product key in the booklet (Disc 1 – Vista) doesn’t work. Any ideas? I even used a magnifying glass to see I did get it right 🙂


  3. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the info. Just one more quick question…

    How about slide deck and presentation on Architecture Symposim on Friday. I couldn’t find it anywhere.


  4. Tim Sneath says:

    CJ, I’m really sorry that you missed out on Disc 6 – we did have plenty of copies at the Materials Distribution Center right through to the conference close. At this stage, I’m not sure whether we have any spare copies; if you drop me a line privately using the Contact link on this page, I’ll try and find a spare copy for you.

    Samuel, thanks for the note about the lab downloads – I’ll add this to the FAQ. As far as the product key is concerned, please check the following post for details of our screw-up and the correct key: http://blogs.msdn.com/tims/archive/2005/09/21/472506.aspx

    PDC Attendee, I’m not sure whether the architecture symposium slides are available – I’ll check into that for you.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thanks I really appriciate that, there are lots of useful material on that slide deck which we can learn from and they mentioned they are going to publish it.

  6. Tim Sneath says:

    I’ve sent mail to the content owners and the architecture slides should be available in the next 24 hours. I’ll update this when they’re published.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Any update on architecture slide?

  8. Tim Sneath says:

    Architecture symposium slides are now online at the CommNet website: and

    Thanks for your patience!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Thanks a lot.

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