TechEd 2013 was a mixed bag for me.
Good: Well run convention. Liked NOLA better then I thought I would, made an effort to network more and joined TheKrewe this year, great Expo hall with knowledgeable vendors, hands on were good. The MS people were professional, knowledgeable, and helpful.
Bad: Sessions felt like a level below their ranking, aka, a 300 seemed like a 200 - ended up walking out of a few because they were so basic, food was blah (not really MS fault since they have to use the hall's food), snacks were blah (seems petty but other vendor events really do a great job of this and TechEd has in the past), skipped the end party, the way the selling of the Surface was done was a mess and really wasted attendee's valuable TechEd time.
And really, charging TechEd attendees $100 for an RT when they later give Build attendees almost $2000 of stuff? That just seems tacky. And why not just tell us then and there that TechNet was being done away with? I mean that why were there, to learn about MS, how to use their products and services. No way they did not know that then when they decided not give that away for free this year.
Overall, got my $2000 attendance money's worth, nothing more, nothing less. Nothing wow'ed me (other than meeting some great people). In no way did Microsoft convey to me "we really, really value our sys-ops". I know I hold Microsoft to high standards but I know Microsoft can do better if they want to.