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WPDevCon postponed until 2013 to focus on Windows Phone 8

WPDevCon

WPDevCon is an independent developer conference, which was is to be held in San Francisco later this year. We previously covered the announcement of plans to hold the first independent event focusing solely on Windows Phone development. It's set to be a bash with over 50 classes and workshops, not to mention a number of speakers attending.

There are three skill ranges that are planned for the three days, which include:

  • WP Essentials: These technical classes and workshops are for all Windows Phone developers, and cover all programming topics.
  • WP Enterprise: These technical sessions cover topics specific to building and managing apps for employees, business customers and partners, such as back-end integration with corporate applications and the Cloud.
  • WP Marketing: These business-oriented sessions cover everything you need to know about the Windows Phone marketplace, including app marketing and distribution.

Unfortunately, the event organisers took to Twitter on Monday to announce the WPDevCon event has been postponed until 2013. The reason is to allow Windows Phone 8 to be launched and for new hardware and apps to be released, which will enable the event to better focus on the next major version of the mobile platform.

We'll keep you guys up to date with any information that comes to light regarding new WPDevCon dates (and we'll be there to cover the event when it happens). It seems as though everything is beginning to ride on the Apollo / Windows 8 wave, here's hoping it'll be a tsunami.

Windows Phone Central is proud to be a lead WP Community Partner for this event.

Thanks, Drew, for the tip!

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aubreyq says:

I think that's a good decision. Should make for a better conference after WP8 is out there in full swing.

inteller says:

i guess they see the writing on the wall with 7.8 abandonment too.

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It's a DEVELOPER conference. There's no new developer tools or APIs for WP7.8 so why would they focus on it rather than WP8 which is a whole new bag of opportunity for their audience?

R0bR says:

People will take any opportunity to whine about the whole 7.8/8.0 situation.

aubreyq says:

Seriously. In 18 months or less nobody is gonna care about 7.8. Heck, I stopped caring already ;)

agm353 says:

I care about getting 7.8, but I'm not going to whine saying Microsoft left me in the dust like everyone else.

RichardSF says:

Obviously, they wouldn't have postponed if registration was expected to sell out. Sales are probably going much slower than they hoped.

I'd say the announcement and timing of BUILD 12 had more to do with it than that...I mean why hold a DEV conference weeks before the largest one? (WPDev was announced way before BUILD 12 was even confirmed).

Why spend all that time when MS could show off more. I think it'd be more interesting if they could talk about what was at BUILD after the fact.

RichardSF says:

Now that you mention it, I have to agree that BUILD killed this conference. WPDevCon would have been held exactly the week before BUILD! Very few would want to attend both conferences on consecutive weeks, especially with overlapping topics. BUILD siphoned off a large number of potential attendees.