Ed Bott has been doing some exploring in blog posts related to Microsoft’s winter series of Microsoft Developers Network (MSDN) events and discovered that attendees are being promised a Windows 7 beta in January. His prediction is that Steve Ballmer will unleash it in his keynote at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show (CES09) on January 7, 2009. Whatever the exact timing, Microsoft itself is now formally promising MSDN event attendees the Windows 7 beta:
All attendees will receive a Windows 7 Beta 1 DVD. Attendees at events scheduled for December will have DVDs mailed to them when they become available.
It occurs to me that I haven’t attended a Microsoft developer event or Webcast in a while. In the past I have always found them worthwhile even If I was actually spending more of my time with non-Microsoft technologies.