TechEd North America 2009 - Potential Lives Here! TechEd North America 2009 is happening a little earlier this year: May 11-15, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. 

And this year Microsoft is offering the biggest early-bird discount they’ve ever done: $300 off the registration if you register by December 31st, 2008.

“Have you ever been to TechEd, Kevin?”

Does the bear [live] in the woods?  Are you kidding?!  I love TechEd!  I’ve only missed three of the North American TechEds in their 16-or-so year history.  (1993 was the first one, right?  I missed that, plus ‘96 and ‘97)  I’m the biggest fan of TechEd around.

Go to the TechEd 2009 home page for all the details.The "theme" (marketing) for TechEd 2009

(I love this: We even have a “convince my boss” option for you. I could have seriously used that back in ‘96 and ‘97. )

“Hey.. are they doing a separate TechEd for Developers and IT Pros this year again?”

No.. this year they’re going back to the one-week, one unified conference format.  Personally, I saw both benefits and drawbacks to the way we did it last year.  On the one hand it was nice to know that pretty much everything I went to and participated in had something for IT Pros specifically.  But on the other hand I felt we were missing out on doing things together.  And since I started as a developer some [text representing a very large number deleted] years ago, I still have a lot of interest in that side of the world. 

“Are you going to be there?”

I’m going to do everything I can to get there.  I hope to work there again in some capacity.  But it might be fun to go as a non-employee again sometime, too; which means paying my own way.  (No.. I’m not at all interested in or planning on leaving Microsoft.  That was NOT an announcement.)