The party for the launch of Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005 and BizTalk Server 2006 has just ended. It was great fun. 1350 people were present in the Van Nelle Ontwerpfabriek in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Worldwide 190.000 people have attended similar launch parties in 247 cities (or a number close to it).
The Dutch audiences consisted of 850 IT-Pro and 500 developers. The system administrators moved from one hands-on lab to the other. I believe there were 6 runs of those sessions, but I’m not sure if there were 6 different ones. The developers were treated to three sessions on Web Development (Thomas Huijer for DotNed user group), Team System (Mark Blomsma and Remi Caron for Software Developer Network) and Smart Client (that was me for Visual Basic Central). Thanks again, Andre, for the opportunity to speak for VBCentral!!
For your convenience I have included the slides to all three sessions. They are pretty heavy on filesize.
The event was completely full. The ones that were unable to register will probably hate me for saying this, but all attendees got a free copy of VS2005 Standard, SQL Server 2005 Standard and a voucher for BizTalk Server 2006 Developer Edition!