Microsoft cancels PDC 2007, still no product launches in Europe
According to the official homepage, Microsofts biyearly Professional Developer Conference (PDC) has been canceled for this year. It seems that topics like Windows Server 2008, SQL Server Katmai, Visual Studio Orcas and Silverlight do not warrant a conference in Las Vegas. So Silverlight is not as important, as Microsoft wanted us to believe? Or will the release 1.1, which should include the CLR (common language runtime) and DLR (dynamic language runtime), which Microsoft touts as so important not be ready until autumn?
Paul Thurrott reports in his Windows Weekly podcast #26 (at around 08:20 playtime), that the launch of Windows Server 2008 (formerly known as „Longhorn Server”) will happen at the third party conference „DevConnections” in Las Vegas, on November 5th.
Coincidentally, the TechEd Europe is scheduled to take place in Barcelona from the 5th to the 9th of November. Could someone explain to me, why Microsoft couldn’t launch Windows Server 2008 at an Microsoft-Event in Europe, instead of at an third-party conference in the US? Are they afraid, that the European press could launch a story ahead of their US-colleagues? Is the European market still seen as „unimportant” by Microsoft?