@chrissyG:I think that the technical term is "Sinofsky's Golden Parachute".
Ha, I guess "operations! operations! operations!" doesn't have the same ring as "developers! developers! developers!".
It would be great if MS was planning something special hardware wise for TechEd, but I highly doubt they are going to hand out 10,000 RT's, or Phones. Operations and architecture people just don't seem to demand the same level of lust from MS as the developers do.
We even see it with the software announcements. MS isn't even going to talk Windows 8.1 at TechEd, they are saving it for a week later at Build. I am going to be interested if we even get to hear about 2012 R2 or if that will be saved for the Euro's instead.
Honestly I don't know of a single company that will be deploying Windows 8. Having to retrain all your users. This is probably why they are giving free Windows 8 devices to the developers, perhaps to entice them to develop appps?
Well...I had some well-reasoned responses here, but now everything that I post seems to be flagged as spam, presumably because I had the temerity to link to Brad Anderson's blog post about delivering the keynote speeches.
Ooh, that got through.
According to Brad Anderson (who is giving the Keynote) they will "take the wraps off a range of new products and services," at TechEd this year (http://blogs.technet.com/b/in_the_cloud/archive/2013/05/09/teched-2013-big-news-and-a-big-event.aspx ). So it sounds like product announcements, though other MSFT bigwigs are saying that the Windows 8.1 announcements and previews are being saved for Build. I really hope that they blow our socks off. My guess is that they'll unveil the "Blue" updates for for everything but the OSes at TechEd, then unveil the OS updates at Build.
I say we all start a rumor that we're all getting the yet-to-be-revealed Xbox once it's released.
We better be careful or they won't let us in . I would really like to hear about R2. At least give us something to tweet about during the keynote.
ChrissyG - Exactly. It's no fun tweeting "Yep, Server 2012 - just the same as it was last year when I tweeted this"
Huh, so looking at the prices of the base model RTs... they are only $100 or so more expensive than the retail cost of a TechNet subscription.
I will state for the record, if surfaces are handed out, I will never complain or mention the lack TechNet subscriptions again
Me too! I'll recommend it to all my friends.
@RallyJoe: Same here. You know, there's this persistent rumor about a 7"-9" Surface RT that may ship in June...
Anyway, it makes perfect sense that they give that hardware to the developers. The weakest point in the entire Windows Phone business is a (perceived) lack of apps compared to Apple and Android. Give your devs free phones so they can write apps for it. Similarly, the weakest point in the strategy for the WinRT API for "modern style" apps (former Metro) is the lack of apps. Give all the devs free Surface RTs, and then they can write apps that run on both WinRT and Windows Phone. It makes perfect sense, and there's not doubt that this is the reason why they get the free hardware.
However...it also makes perfect sense that MSFT should make an effort to get their software into our hands. We TechEd attendees are the people who design, build, deliver, and support Microsoft solutions. Ensuring that we have hands-on experience with the latest and greatest Microsoft software helps sell those products in enterprises who might otherwise look elsewhere.
I am the CM and MDM admin at my enterprise and at this point, I am the ONLY advocate of Windows RT compared to iOS and Android. Same with a EA, we have not had one since 2000 but I am suggesting switching our CM to System Center, start to use Azure, etc that require a EA. It a lot of money and there are plenty of voices opposing an EA for economic reasons.
I have a TechNet sub and I also have a RT device to test with only because I work for a company that's progressive enough and large enough to value and afford having their analysts do this type of research. Smaller shops or ones without a budget will simply ignore these new technologies because there are no advocates.
Treat operations/admins as second class Microsoft at your own peril.
@kmcferrin: Very true, Give me access to the software I actually use and help customers deploy daily, or give me some good hardware. Don't charge me the same or more and give me nothing more or worse yet, less than previous years while you lavish other conferences with free gifts.
At some point I feel like I am funding the gifts for the Build devs
Last year they were really pushing the Windows phone. Yet they only gave away a handful. Who better to trial that phone then the people that recommend technologies to the users, family and friends. If anyone is going to get the word out about the Windows phone it would be us,
As a developer I have to point out that TechEd is not just for IT Operations people, Developers go as well and in all the years I have been going to TechEd I have never been given any free hardware. Maybe I should be going to build .
I always thought it was the IT Operations that get all the free hardware as they have a budget to purchase mass quantities if they like it. Us devs never seem to have any money to spend.
walterh, why do you go to TechEd and not build, just curious? Could have had you a free RT. I almost went to MMS but it came up too soon to swing the dates for me.
Wow really...this was my first TechEd but I was looking forward to getting the TechNet subscription from colleagues that mentioned they have received it in the past. A small let down, but not going to let it ruin my TechEd experience. Maybe they will surprise us with something else like mentioned above...we can only hope.
I was also looking into MMS is that located in Vegas every year? Next year I will have to decide between TechEd or MMS again. I would like to gather a list of a bunch of good conferences to attend because if the training budget is good I would like to go to a conference once a year. So far I only hear about TechEd and MMS.
@KevinMet depends what you are looking for. Most of the big vendors have conferences. VMWorld, CiscoLive, EMCWorld, IBM has a few. The is also Windows, Dev, Sharepoint and Exchange Connections which is put on by Windows IT Pro Mag.
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