Microsoft PDC 2008: October in Los Angeles

Microsoft has announced the dates for its Professional Developer Conference (PDC) in 2008: October 27-30 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

You may recall that Microsoft had planned a PDC this year, scheduled for October 4-8, 2007, in Los Angeles. The company pushed it back last May, saying that it was merely postponed: “We are currently in the process of rescheduling this fall’s Professional Developer Conference. As the PDC is the definitive developer event focused on the future of the Microsoft platform, we try to align it to be in front of major platform milestones.”

Microsoft never did reschedule PDC 2007. Instead, they moved directly onto PDC 2008, held at its usual season.

Sadly, Microsoft didn’t consult BZ Media before scheduling PDC 2008. The dates overlap EclipseWorld 2008, which will be Oct. 28-30 in Reston, Va. But somehow, I don’t think that this will affect attendance of either event. There probably isn’t much crossover.

The bummer is that this will preclude my attendance at PDC 2008, which is a shame, as I haven’t missed one for years. It’s one of the best-run tech conferences, and is one of my favorites.

But that does explain why Steve Ballmer wasn’t available to keynote EclipseWorld 2008.

>> Update 12/07: A colleague pointed out that, by odd coincidence, I’m wearing a “PDC 05” t-shirt today. I hadn’t even noticed.

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