irascian wrote:Has he used Adobe or Macromedia products? Has he used Eclipse or IBM's WebSphere? Clearly not, and yet he seems qualified to state that Microsoft give us "the greatest tools".
As a matter of fact I did, well all of this except IBM WebSphere (I am about 70% MS, 30% UNIX guy). But that’s not important here, when I say MS empower you like non other vendor, then I mean, Visual Studio 2005 is an unmatched product, not to mention future technologies like XAML driven Avalon or SQL Server 2005 CLR integration… or what about Team Systems? There are some very good products on the market for UML based modeling, but none of them will make an impact like Team Systems would. Microsoft is a company which make either great products by self or which is even more important they make other vendors ideas really work, they bring it to the masses, for low price and excellent value. That’s unmatched. And about the PDC networking stuff, yes of course you can network a much cheaper way, but there won’t be anything even close to the energy level an event like PDC can give to it. And where can you find 7000 developers and MS developers who working on those new products in one place? OK< maybe I am wrong, but I think your (and not just your) expectations from PDC is a little out of focus. Anyway this is only my opinion.