Awaiting Windows 8/VS 2012 and TechEd 2012

So the official word was that the newly minted Windows 8 RTM build and Visual Studio 2012 would hit MSDN at some point on the 15th of August (possibly sometime in the US time zone).  As of writing, still nothing has been published on MSDN Downloads.

So to briefly divert your attention – I’ll be officially attending TechEd 2012 on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia between September 11th and 14th.  This will be my fourth TechEd (2006-08, 12) and my second on the Gold Coast.  I gave a presentation at my last TechEd (in 2008) on SQL Server Compact Edition and the Entity Framework.

This year I am not presenting (sadly) however I am very keen to get up to speed with all the latest releases from Microsoft – and there are plenty.  This is an excellent year to attend, as we are witness to one of the biggest release cycles in Microsoft’s history.

We’ll see sessions covering:

  • Windows 8,
  • Windows Phone 8,
  • SQL Server 2012,
  • Visual Studio 2012,
  • Forefront Identity Manager 2012 R2
  • BizTalk Server 2010 and/or BizTalk Azure,
  • Windows Azure,
  • SQL Azure,
  • Office 2013,
  • SharePoint 2013,
  • System Center, Hyper-V and Windows Server 2012..
  • and much more!

That’s a pretty amazing range of products and subject matter to cover.  This could be one of the most exciting TechEd conferences in recent memory.  If there was ever a time to attend, the time would be now.  Here’s the preliminary schedule (which is mostly useful if you’ve never attended before).  You can check out the complete session listings here.

If you’re planning on (or are confirmed) to be at TechEd Australia 2012 and would like to catch up – shoot me an e-mail or leave a comment.  In the meantime, I’ll go back to waiting for Windows 8 to become available..

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