Microsoft is “in the process of rescheduling this fall’s Professional Developer Conference,” it said today on its Web site for the event.
Thousands of software developers gather at the event, held about every two years, to hear what’s next, usually from Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates. In 2005, he showed off the new user interface in what would become Office 2007. In 2003, developers got a first look at what became Windows Vista.
Microsoft has been unwilling to talk about the next generation of the Windows platform, which launched Jan. 30, during other events that have traditionally been venues to talk about the future.
“As the PDC is the definitive developer event focused on the future of the Microsoft platform, we try to align it to be in front of major platform milestones. By this fall, however, upcoming platform technologies including Windows Server 2008, SQL Server code-named “Katmai,” Visual Studio code-named “Orcas” and Silverlight will already be in developers’ hands and approaching launch, which is where we’ll focus our developer engagement in the near term. We will update this site when we have a new date for the PDC that is better timed with the next wave of platform technologies,” the company wrote.
Mary Jo Foley has some thoughts on the matter.