The Intel Developer Forum has, for almost 20 years, provided the world with a insight into what's coming next from the world's most well known semi-conductor company But a quiet announcement, made via the company's IDF website says the annual conference will be replaced with a Resource and Design Center.
The full statement from Intel reads:
Intel has evolved its event portfolio and decided to retire the IDF program moving forward. Thank you for nearly 20 great years with the Intel Developer Forum! Intel has a number of resources available on intel.com, including a Resource and Design Center with documentation, software, and tools for designers, engineers, and developers. As always, our customers, partners, and developers should reach out to their Intel representative with questions.
An IDF event planned for China was recently cancelled so it's not a huge shock that the main event, that was planned for San Francisco, has been canned as well.
Apple pulled their participation in the annual Macworld Expo a few years ago, probably because the event forced them into having to make a product announcement on someone else's schedule. Perhaps Intel found themselves in a similar position, having to come up with something exciting for a conference schedule.
While a website is a useful resource, I really like attending conferences as you get to meet a lot of people you otherwise would never bump into. And while online forums go some way to doing that, there's something about having to share a table with a total stranger where a conversation is struck that makes conference networking much more fun.