So after a few days back home I got some time to think about the takeaways from PDC09.
As you might have heard by now Microsoft did not have a lot of mayor announcements this year. Nothing of the scale of Windows Azure they came up with last year. They did release Windows Identity Foundation (FKA Geneva) and there is this thing they called Dallas, which is like a marketplace for online data that can be accessed by REST like services. But for the most of it it was more of what was already publically known.
So what did I take home from LA. For once it is good to see that Microsoft does not radically change its strategy, but instead continues on the road they set up in the last years. Further on there seems to be an increased focus on making things simpler and really make software development more productive. Visual Studio 2010 has some great new debugging features like intellitrace and the new features for debugging concurrent applications and the new features in the entity framework (Lazy loading / POCO support) will make it possible to get real productivity gains in in real life projects.
So PDC09 was not as spectacular as we all might have hoped, but it certainly was worth my while.