LAS VEGAS — It’s Sunday afternoon and the check in desk is still expecting 900 Mix participants to show up today. The 72-hour event aimed at pitching Microsoft’s services strategy and products to Web developers really gets under way tomorrow morning with a keynote presentation from Ray Ozzie, Microsoft’s chief software architect and Live services strategy chieftan. On Tuesday, we’re expecting to hear from Entertainment and Devices Division President Robbie Bach.
Attendees paid $1,195 for the event, plus the substantial cost of digs here at the posh Venetian in Vegas, where the temperature this afternoon is in the mid-90s. (It’s a dry heat, as they say, and once inside the casinos and hotels, the outside world just kind of melts away.)
For some background on what’s going on here, check out this story on the various competitive fronts between Microsoft and Adobe, a formidable competitor in providing platforms and development tools for people who want to build a new generation of applications that benefit from both the Web and the desktop. We’ll also have more this week in the paper and continuing coverage on the blog.
Update: Here’s a story from Monday’s paper previewing Mix.
And while we’re in Vegas, might as well give some thought to the potential for the Sin City Sonics.
What do you most want to hear from Microsoft at this event? And if anyone attending Mix is reading this, feel free to share your observations in our comments section.