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Special Surface Offer for TechEd Attendees via Microsoft Retail Store $99 Surface

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    ESgarbi

    I'll be pretty upset if MS decides to charge Build attendees for any device. Last i had to pay for anything at a conference was a smart phone at the PDC 2005.

     

    http://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/TechEd/Special-Surface-Offer-for-TechEd-Attendees-via-Microsoft-Retail-Store#fbid=tY64JjPi_SS

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    Ian2

    If anyone at Teched is in a position to pick up one of these babies (Surface Pro) I would be mightily grateful and happy to pick up any associated costs.

    Email me: rd3d2(at)Hotmail.co.uk

    (What do you mean that's' not allowed?)

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    Bas

    Weirdly, I always go to conferences for the sessions and ability to have one-on-one conversations with experts.

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    wkempf

    , ESgarbi wrote

    I'll be pretty upset if MS decides to charge Build attendees for any device. Last i had to pay for anything at a conference was a smart phone at the PDC 2005.

    Wow! I know we're living in an entitlement generation, but, still... just wow!

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    vesuvius

    @ESgarbi: That is because the Surface 2 is on its way, this is old stock

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    Ian2

    @vesuvius:You mean they are selling their old stock to the Brits 'as new'? (Surface Pro just got released in the UK)

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    ESgarbi

    @Bas:So am I

    , Bas wrote

    Weirdly, I always go to conferences for the sessions and ability to have one-on-one conversations with experts.

    No argument here! You're right!

    I must say that I'm not going for the swag, I never do and its always about the networking seeing old friends (most of them don't even go because they can't afford it anymore). It would've been much cheaper for me to stay home and watch the videos.

    BTW, the surface I got for free last year at Build 2012? I gave it away to someone that couldn't afford to buy one.

    When I think about spending Airfare:$2200 + Hotel: $800 + Conference Fees and being asked to spend more money on hardware for a platform I want to support... forgive me for being a little upset.

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    ESgarbi

    @wkempf: Well... as long as your boss is not paying for your TechEd/Build, I guess you got a point.

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    MarkDeFalco

    , Ian2 wrote

    If anyone at Teched is in a position to pick up one of these babies (Surface Pro) I would be mightily grateful and happy to pick up any associated costs.

    Email me: rd3d2(at)Hotmail.co.uk

    (What do you mean that's' not allowed?)

     

    Once the attendees purchase their surfaces, they can do whatever they'd like with them.  You may have a better chance posting in the TechEd forum: http://channel9.msdn.com/Forums/TechEdNA, but there are already a lot of similar requests Smiley

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    wkempf

    @ESgarbi: I honestly don't see how whether your boss pays or not changes anything? You pay for the conference, not the swag. If you were paying for the swag you'd know what it was before you got there. The only way the cost of the conference figures in to the equation is from Microsoft's point of view, not the attendees. Just because you paid for the conference does not mean you're entitled to anything other than being able to attend.

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    DeathBy​VisualStudio

    @wkempf: When the conference (i.e. Build 2013) is 2.5 days long and there is next to nothing of an agenda when you sign up what is Microsoft really selling? IMO it's a new channel for product sales & marketing and any knowledge you get from the conference itself is now a bonus.

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    ESgarbi

    , wkempf wrote

    @ESgarbi: I honestly don't see how whether your boss pays or not changes anything? You pay for the conference, not the swag. If you were paying for the swag you'd know what it was before you got there. The only way the cost of the conference figures in to the equation is from Microsoft's point of view, not the attendees. Just because you paid for the conference does not mean you're entitled to anything other than being able to attend.

    I'm glad you have a basic understanding on how tech conferences work and it looks like you are the perfect attendee. Well done!

     

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