TechDays 2010 & TechNet Subscriptions – Helping You to Continue Your Learning

And now a special TechDays announcement from Damir, the Big Kahuna of our upcoming cross-Canada conference…

image TechDays 2010 is getting closer with Vancouver conference just a few weeks away. As such the team has been hard to make this an impactful event that will allow you to grow your skills and support you in areas important to your job and career. 

I am happy to announce that the hard work has paid off and we have been able to work with Microsoft corporate and each TechDays 2010 attendee will get a TechNet Plus subscription!

This benefit is added to the over 50 Sessions of technical content, networking opportunities, great offers from our Partners, like Telerik, Pluralsight, Xceed, and access to 50 virtual labs to get hands-on without requiring you to provide the necessary hardware and software to support adoption. 

Now, to be clear, I did announce just a couple of weeks ago that we would not be providing TechDays 2010 attendees with TechNet Plus subscriptions, but understanding that now, more than ever, you need all the tools in your arsenal to help you deploy Windows 7 and Office 2010, implement Windows Server 2008 R2, Hyper-V, SharePoint 2010, and other technologies, we were able to work with our colleagues at Microsoft Corporate to make a one-time exception.

Here are some details on how the TechNet subscription will work for TechDays 2010 attendees:

  • All subscriptions will be new subscriptions.  We will not be able to extend your existing subscription, if any.
  • All subscriptions will be for one year and do not include any support incidents. Subscriptions are a Special TechDays 2010 NFR edition and are not the same as you would be able to purchase directly.
  • All subscriptions provide you download-only access to over 80 software products as well as all of the TechNet virtual labs, beta products, forums, TechCenters, and other TechNet resources.  There is no option to order physical media with the Special TechDays 2010 NFR edition subscription.
  • All subscriptions will be processed about 15-20 days after you attend TechDays 2010 in the city where you are registered.  This means that if you attend TechDays 2010 in Vancouver, you will get your subscription 3-4 weeks after the Vancouver event; if you attend Toronto, it will be 3-4 weeks after the Toronto event, and so on.

Finally, there is one more thing I need to be completely clear about.  The provision of a one-year TechNet subscription to TechDays 2010 attendees is a one-time only occurrence and will not be continued in future years.  I’ll be up-front right now – we do not expect to provide TechDays 2011, and future year, attendees with TechNet subscriptions.  We are delighted that we can do it this year but want you to be aware that you should not expect to receive a TechNet subscription in 2011 and further into the future.

If you have not yet registered, please go to to get the limited-time Early Bird pricing at $349.99 + taxes, a 50% saving from the regular conference fee.  If you plan on going to TechDays Vancouver, Early Bird pricing expires on August 20th so act now!  Early Bird pricing for TechDays 2010 events in other cities expires 6 weeks before the event.

Thanks for your continued support of TechDays. We look forward to welcoming you!


This article also appears in Canadian Developer Connection.