The next Microsoft PDC (Professional Developers Conference) happens in November. Its a 4 day geekfest, with a focus on what Microsoft thinks devs should be focusing on in the near future.
The 2009 event has a laser like focus on Office development. Of the 50 or so sessions announced so far, 1 (one), (single) relates to Office development. (I’m using laser as in narrow, as opposed to powerful, highly focused, etc)
Office generates about a third of Microsofts revenues (and contribution), and yet over 90% of the sessions will ignore it completely. Or mention it disparagingly when claiming a code based session with little or no Powerpoint.
I wonder what the VSTO team think of all their hard work in linking VS and Office?
What is doubly frustrating about this picture is that some of us have actually tried to engage with MS on this, hoping to push the developer story in Excel and Access (and the minor products (Word ppt etc ;-))).
Even more alarming – Office 2010 is due out 6 months after that PDC, and ONE crappy general Office dev session is all MS can muster by way of revving up their army of devs to leverage their latest and greatest smart client. (Its probably in the smallest room too!)
The sad reality is of course that VS devs have zero or less interst in Office dev. And of course no one is engaging with the Office devs and powerusers.
So who thinks they should have a BPDC (business prof…) that covers getting the job done with tools accessible to business devs? (That would be Excel/Access/JET/VBA).
If Microsoft hosted an event that targeted VBA dabblers and power users would you go? Would you pay? Would you feel more positive about Microsofts commitment to Office development?
Talking of events kindly hosted by Microsoft: Don’t forget if you are registered for the next (free) Excel User Conf in the UK, its coming soon, 7/8 Oct at MS London. If you are not registered then watch this space – there may be a reserve list starting up soon.