Developer event news
This is the busy time of year for Developer Events. I am at the Microsoft TechEd event this week in Atlanta, after spending last week in San Francisco for Google I/O and Seattle for the Web Directions event. We continue to get out into community and talk to developers and also learn about platform enhancements our partners are making. The mobile space continues to evolve at a rapid pace.
Starting with Google I/O, most of the big announcements are well known. AT&T hosted a party in San Francisco with our carrier partner Orange and then we also hosted viewing parties in Redmond (with Cisco), Dallas and Atlanta. Of particular interest to developers is what they are doing to help solve fragmentation, to include better device filters, the common 3.1 Ice Cream Sandwich platform, and the OTA FW push to all devices (up to 18 months after release). Those who get our alerts will also know we revised some of our policies starting with Samsung Inspire.
Web Directions was a new event for me, focused on HTML5 and browser development. It is a smaller event, but very well run and the presenters and content was excellent. It is exciting to hear about the great energy and innovation occurring in the cross-platform space. On Saturday, I also participated in the Amped Hackathon (associated with Web Directions) with the Wholesale Applications Community. For those who are not aware, the WAC 2.0 SDK is available for download and it was exciting to see developers use this.
Finally, I am at TechEd–I think this is about my tenth time attending. Microsoft always does an excellent job with events and I think there are around 12,000 attending. We are promoting development on Windows Phone 7–which has a really nice, rapid development environment. We are doing one of our Go Game Scavenger hunts tonight with the first 300 who attend. If you have never done one of these urban adventures with us, I really encourage you to sign up at one of our future events, they are always great fun.