I'm very disappointed about this too, but I am tempted to buy my own subscription now.
I already commented on how my colleges went to TechEd 2012 in Orlando and got the whole Universal Islands of Adventure/Harry Potter parks to themselves for the closing events and how we get... the superdome??? ... and they also noted how they got a TechNet subscription as well and now we will not be getting that.
So when does TechEd 2013 get the "Wow!" factor? I did not ask them how much last year's cost, is 2013 cheaper to register?
TechNet Professional NFR Subscription has ben included since 2009. I remember it took several months before EU attendees got it.
SuperDome party may not be the same as Universal Islands, but no one says it will be bad. And where else in NOLA can they handle +10,000 guests ?
@Duelund: You are absolutely right. The Superdome party, frankly, could be pulled off in the Expo hall, just take the Expo party, add more booze, food, and entertainment. Nothing bad about the Expo parties, I like them, they are fun. But nothing special about them either and nothing special about the venue - a big open space.
I am only comparing what TechEd attendees got in the past. What they are offering is what brings me this year as far as sessions and training. The "wow" is what might bring me next year. My department has X amount of money budgeted for training and I have about 90% say of where to spend that. TechEd has a lot of competition for convention dollars.
No TechNet subscription! Really? I am very disappointed in Microsoft. That was a nice feature of attending TechED, at no cost to them. Don't think I will be returning for a 3rd year. There are many other conferences that offer the same content.
Would be a cool "bonus" if we got the TechNet subscription
Guess I am in a different boat. I go for the content of the conference everything else is a bonus but it is not my determining factor for attending.
I am looking forward to the content as well, looking at my schedule that I still need to refine as there is just not enough time to get into everything. Nevertheless I was hoping to see the technet subscription again this year, as it has been very handy over the last year for testing rollout testing and training.
I agree about attending for the content. But exactly the subscription is great for testing. We are not a huge MS Shop so it is not worth it for my company to purchase one.
My company is large enough that they will pay for a TechNet subscription if I put in a request for it. We all go for the content but I can attend other cons as well, there are plenty out there, and can get great content there as well.
Ha, even the con bag was nicer looking last year and you had your choice of three styles. The bag this year, well, not so much.
I just have not seen anything yet for 2013 that seems nicer or even equal to any "wow's" generated by 2012. Heck, even the event website here at ch9 is sub-par compared to the event site for 2012.
Wait... no TechNet this year? That's crap. One of the value-add's that my company sees with me going to this is I don't need to fight them or expense a TechNet subscription for lab work I do.
2012 was an incredible event IMHO, better than 2008 in the same location. 2013 seems to be a bit less impressive. The ditching of the fairly well run TechEd registration site where you could network with people easily, ditching of TechNet, All the big software announcements are scheduled the days after TechEd at the other conferences. If this is the trend, I am guessing I'll be spending my training time somewhere else next year.
Don't get me wrong the TechNet subscription is a huge bonus for smaller shops.
I wonder if we get anything else
Wow...that's very disappointing. One of the major conveniences of the conference for me has been that I got the free subscription, which helps me keep my personal "learning lab" in my basement current. That saved me $350 out of pocket (or fighting with accounting over reimbursing the expense, depending on the year). I get to go to the conference and learn about the technology, then I can use the TechNet subscription to actually get some hands on experience with software that my employer isn't using yet. Having access to the software (as well as pre-release/preview software) is a tremendous value to me. Dropping it from the TechEd package does detract some of the value of the conference, and it makes no sense given the marginal cost of providing a digital subscription to attendees.
The price of TechEd hasn't gone down. They haven't added extra days. I sincerely hope that they intend to throw in something useful to make up the difference. At the Build conference in 2012 Microsoft gave all attendees a Surface RT tablet, a Lumia 920 phone, and 100GB of Skydrive storage. At Build in 2011 they gave them all Samsung tablets running Windows 8 Dev preview. Build gets expensive physical hardware every year, but Microsoft can't manage to throw us a bone and provide a digital subscription to TechNet? Seriously?
Think we are paying for the Windows 8 fail lol.
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