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Microsoft scraps PDC developer confab this year

Microsoft PDC 2007 will not be as is major development platforms will getting into developers hands this fall, when the event was originally scheduled.

Microsoft is rescheduling its Professional Developers Conference originally set to be held in October this year in Los Angeles.

The PDC is the company's premier developer event where it outlines major platform strategies. At the 2003 event, top executives, including Bill Gates, outlined the core components of Longhorn, which became Windows Vista.

Because Microsoft has released or is close to releasing many of its developer platform products, it has chosen to reschedule this year's PDC, according to a notice on its MSDN developer network Web site.

"By this fall, however, upcoming platform technologies including Windows Server 2008, SQL Server codenamed 'Katmai,' Visual Studio codenamed '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," it said.