According to folks over at TechEd Connect, Microsoft has cancelled the Thursday night attendee party this year, and boy are they pissed! This is the first time this has happened in the 16 year history of TechEd.
The official Microsoft email informing us of the cancellation reads:
"We have made a change to previously published agendas. The attendee party will no longer take place, however we are planning an alternative social gathering which will continue to provide a great opportunity for attendees to network with each other in a fun social setting. Additionally this year you will receive a full copy of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 when released to market as part of registration."
According to the Microsoft TechEd website, Thursday's agenda shows "8:00 PM–Midnight Evening social activity – Futher details to come." (Their mispelling of "Futher", not mine.)
Is this another tale about the sad state of the economy or just another way to cut costs to increase the bottom line? Either way, I say it's bad form to advertise it for months as a reason to attend and then cancel it after thousands have bought their passes.
At least we have the ClusterFunk party to look forward to.
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