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Heads up on Another PDC in 2010

Looks like Microsoft is planning to host another Professional Developers Conference (PDC) this year. The event is slated to run for just two days, October 28 and 29, and to take place at the Redmond, Washington campus.

The upcoming PDC10 is unusual on a number of fronts. For one thing, PDCs have never been annual events, instead only taking place when Microsoft has pulled together enough strategic developer content to drive the conference. PDC08, for instance, featured the Windows Azure announcement and Windows 7 beta launch, in addition to a host of other critical technology updates. PDC09, by contrast, was short on new stuff, but long on important updates to previously released strategic initiatives. It was an important show for developers.

PDC10 will be the first time Microsoft has held three PDCs in a row. It will also be the first time the event has been held on Microsoft's campus -- the show in the past has typically taken place in Los Angeles. Perhaps the decision to host a downsized PDC event this year was driven by the surprisingly high turnout at the Microsoft Tech-Ed Conference held in May in New Orleans.

What's on the agenda for PDC10? It's a good question and one I'll be looking to answer this week.

Posted by Michael Desmond on 07/12/2010 at 1:15 PM


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