Tech Ed Registration Site is Live and has buttons!

For those of you planning on attending Tech Ed Australia 2009, the registration site is now live so you can begin theteched09 process of convincing the boss that you absolutely need (emphasize need!) to go to this year’s Tech Ed conference.  But in all seriousness this year is going to be a bumper year with so many things happening around Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Virtualization, Windows Mobile and SQL Server plus many more technologies.

So head over to the registration site and if you are registering try to do that by July 14th 2009 to qualify for early bird registration.  If you register by this date you will receive $300 off the normal ticket price!

And if you do register and you are a blogger you can display a badge on your site to let people know you are attending.  This year we have a wide range of badges depending on your role in the community.  Below are some examples of the badges available.

Attendee Buttons

120x90_Attending   180x200_btnlg2_Attending

Speaker Buttons

180x200_btnlg2_CMeSpeak   180x200_btnlg3_ImSpeaking

Microsoft Certified Trainer’s (MCT)

180x200_btnlg2_MCTsAttend   180x200_btnlg3_MCTsHang

Microsoft MVP’s

180x200_btnlg2_MVPsAttend   180x200_btnlg3_MVPsHang

Of course there are many others so check out the badges section on the site to see them all.

So with the site going up and TechEd North America going on this week it marks the beginning of my track planning for the event this year.  This year I’m owning the Server part of the Windows Client and Server track and together we have a total of 40 session to offer you as part of this track.  So that means 20 dedicated to Windows Client and 20 dedicated to Windows Server. 

Just like last year I’m going to be asking for your help so that we can shape the best Tech Ed with content that is tailored to your needs.  As most of you know my first order of business will be getting rid of any overview or low technical sessions and making sure this track has a minimum technical level of 300 and above.  You have told us many times in the past that you want deep technical content and that’s what we plan on delivering again this year.  So as soon as I get the list together I will post a draft here on my blog.  But if you have any ideas please feel free to post a comment or submit your content using the Call for Content tool that Coatsey referred to in his post recently.

So with that our Tech Ed journey begins now!  Let us know what you want to see and keep the dialogue open with us so that Tech Ed is what you want it to be.

Off we go…

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Comments (1)

  1. Tim Layton says:

    This is an exciting time for windows mobile.  Windows Mobile 6.5 will have a lot of new apps, features and technologies that will be included and introduced.  Just to name a few: internet explorer mobile, live mesh for mobile, windows media player mobile, windows mobile marketplace,.NET compact framework, .NET mobile, compact framework, and SQL server compact. The Windows Mobile contact list will get a huge visual boost and be more touch-friendly as well, with larger menu items and an updated look. Microsoft has officially confirmed a new web browser for Windows Mobile, Internet Explorer 6. The hottest new features and apps include: My Phone–a backup and recovery service for contacts, photos and other data stored on a mobile device.  My Phone will also be available for phones running Windows Mobile 6.0 and 6.1. The new Windows Marketplace for Mobile is a centralized place to buy increasingly popular mobile applications. Windows Mobile 6.5 features a new user interface and "honeycomb".  A customizable start screen with hexagonal tiles for each program that are designed to be easier to use on touch-screen phones. The Windows Mobile start menu can be customized with Internet applications like weather or stock reports, that are automatically updated. The new Windows Mobile 6.5 user interface is designed to be more "finger friendly," You can also move icons up or down in the new layout. In addition, the new Windows Mobile Home screen will support special widgets, which will give status information like missed calls, new messages, etc. Another new feature of Windows Mobile 6.5 allows people to go directly to waiting voice mail, text messages or other information when unlocking their phones. Microsoft Recite, came out of the company’s research group. It allows people to record voice notes or other audio files on Windows Mobile phones and then search for keywords using their voice. LG is set to launch 50 new Windows Mobile devices over the next 4 years.  And to boot you will get widgets in windows mobile 6.5.  The widgets will appear to function just as full applications do, and will have their own icons in Windows Mobile menus and access to web content. The widgets will be powered, in part, by the new Mobile Internet Explorer 6, which will give them access to Flash and ActiveX controls. The widgets will also have control of the SK menu bar. According to Microsoft, the widgets can be written with standard web technologies, such as HTML, CSS, AJAX, and JavaScript.

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