Microsoft TechEd 2009 merging developers and itpros

In case you haven’t heard, Microsoft TechEd 2009 will be merged back into a single week for both developers and ITpros.

The event, scheduled for May 11-15, 2009, will also be held in LA. And they have a fancy new slogan, "Potential lives here". How nice.

I may be a bit self-centered, but I prefer to keep tech-ed developers a tech-ed developers event. Not that I have anything against administrators and itpros, it is just that I like to focus. Travel half-way around the world and paying big bucks to attend, I don’t want my attention anywhere but on a single area of topics.

I feel sorry for the speakers who will be speaking for both developers and itpros. I am not sure how many speakers do, but now they have to squeeze all their preparation and breaks into a far shorter time span. I know quite well how stressful it can be to prepare for public speaking, and the sessions themselves take a lot of energy, so I really don’t envy the speakers next year.

Registration opens December 10th 2008, by the way. I will definitely be there, and I am sure I will enjoy it, but I am not sure I like the merge.

Will you be going? What do you think of the merge?

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