Microsoft's TechEd conference is one of the main tech events Lifehacker covers each year (I'm off to TechEd US in Houston next week). In recent times TechEd Australia has been held over four days on the Gold Coast, but that's changing this year as the event turns 21.
Microsoft will now host two shorter TechEd events: one in Melbourne on 7 and 8 October, and one in Sydney on October 27-28. Registration for those events hasn't yet opened. An email sent to past attendees says that the events will also become more frequent to reflect faster update cycles:
To align with the increasing speed of technology progression seen in the IT industry, additional dates and venues are already being planned for early 2015. With constantly evolving content based on up to the minute trends and issues, more frequent TechEd experiences equates to a superior learning opportunity for our partners.
Holding shorter two-day events in Australia's two most populous cities may well mean more people attend, but also runs the risk of people not fully committing — if you work in Sydney, it's easier for your boss to call you back to the office for an emergency. What's your take on the change?