Though I hope nothing does go wrong but here is the thing, after all the news that Microsoft will announce this and that at PDC, I feel that Microsoft has clubbed in too much for PDC and it’s a Professional Developers’ Conference, I feel that people are again expecting too much from Microsoft. People want to hear big announcements and see magical demos regarding Windows 7, not to forget the next big thing – Strata.
In simple terms, as the name suggests it’s a gathering of developers and not journalists. From the name 1 expects Microsoft talking about it’s products from a developers point of view and with the announcements that they have made, the expectations & the kind of buzz that has been created around PDC is more like Apple’s Mac events, where it’s less developer & more end-user product launches.
Even WWDC for that matter was supposed to be a conference for developers but was eclipsed by the launch of iPhone 3G. But, we’re talking about Microsoft here, the same company that calls it’s OS Windows 7 and uses 6.1 as the kernel. :D
My fear is that clubbing so much into 1 event and then not being able to deliver a customer-focused presentation will give the critics and anti-Microsoft brigade yet another reason to mock Microsoft. Uncle Ozzie seems like a serious guy, I hope he knows that though this is a developer’s conference, it’s the eyes of the end-user that are on it.
So I don’t really care what is inside Windows 7 or how easy it is for xyz to code an application for Windows 7 or simple it is for someone to use the Ribbon SDK, I want to see Windows 7 bake me some cake! I want Windows 7 to run twice as fast as Windows Vista on a machine that is half as powerful. I want to see Live & Windows merge into 1.
In simple terms I hope that uncle Ozzie doesn’t turn PDC2008 into a college lecture. I want to see magic being created. Uncle Ozzie please don’t screw it up.