Revisiting Mix

Posted on: September 19, 2007

Currently sitting on the floor (as any true conference goer) stealing some electricity from the Tokyo International Forum to write this post. I am attending the ReMix Event in Tokyo, hosted by Microsoft to show of and discuss their web platform offerings (that would be Silverlight, Asp.Net and so on). Basically you have the main Mix conference held in Las Vegas every year, and for those that can’t make it there are local ReMix event held at various locations around the world.

When I visited the first Mix event in Las Vegas last year I was very positively impressed by the breadth and depth of the presenters, coming from all kinds of backgrounds, technologies and fields. Also I was very happy to find that many of the presenters actually offered a critical view on the Ms platforms, something that I believe is very important whether you are a fan of Microsoft or not.

This years conference (the one in vegas that is) however was considerably more Microsoft centered with most (that’s almost all) of the presenters being either Microsoft employees or partners. Still the atmosphere was good and the event offered a lot of fun and social aspects that I truly believe is an important ingredient in building a useful conference experience.

So what about the ReMix Tokyo event. Well, while Japan may be a huge market with a very technology savvy population, the number of ISV’s and developers that have picked up on Microsoft’s technologies are disproportionately few. I dare not offer you an explanation as to why this is, but my guess is that Japanese developers have for a very long time been mostly oriented towards open source solutions and technology bases.

Anyways, Mix is fun, ReMix too, if your in Tokyo and have some time to spare, hurry down to Yurakuchou and you can stil catch some of the presentations :).


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