Well, I'm learning that most MS employees don't attend most of the sessions because it is a chance to network and hunt down those people you've been emailing the previous few months!
At any rate, the day continued with a meeting with the folks of Pearson Technology Group -- you may know them better as Addison-Wesley and SAMS Publishing. I had a great lunch meeting with them and will be coming out with something pretty cool (I hope) for the community in the very near future.
The rest of the day was spent with our “influential” community -- those individuals in the community who represent Regional Directors, MVPs, and key community leaders in our representative areas. Most of these individuals helped out in one way or another with a new venture from Microsoft, Codezone. Tuesday was our “launch” party of the site (it actually launched Monday) and we got a chance to thank those who helped participate in the beta testing and feedback sessions for the site. Codezone is basically a technology aggregation portal -- gathering rated content from other developers and communities. Check it out and send feedback. http://www.codezone.com. Today I'm helping “man the booth“ for Codezone with some other colleagues.
A few of us then went to a Brasilian restaurant for the night -- if you haven't been to one, you should go (unless you are a vegetarian). Green=meat; Red=stop feeding me. Again, if you haven't been, go and you'll understand. It was a lot of fun and the food was awesome.
Off to Day 3.