At PASS 2006 on Tuesday -
The PSS Team continued their 2 day pre-con which was very well received. I spoke to several attendees who went to Kalen's pre-con; they said that it was great. Other pre-cons went well too, but there was one that was not well received by several attendees. The Welcome Reception went very well with the SIG Bowl and a special appearance by "SQL Server Gal". Of course, the big news of the day was repeated by Brian Knight at the SQL Server Central party; that news is that red-gate bought sqlservercentral.com. There will be changes to SSC, but I hope that it does not lose the community drive.
At PASS 2006 on Wednesday -
Paul Flessner was the keynote speaker. As you may have heard, he is stepping down from his post at the end of 2006. This is something that he has been planning for about 3 years. There were some demos during the keynote, but there was no real big news other than the announcement that "SQL Server Everywhere" is not the official name of a product anymore; it is now SQL Server Compact Edition. So in other words, we are back to calling it CE, but MSFT doesn't want to hear those initials. The Exhibit Hall was filled with Attendees and good SWAG in the evening with yet another appearance by SQL Server Gal. After the Exhibit Hall Reception, I attended the Party for PASS Volunteers. It was a fun night that lasted longer thanI wanted it to - I had to get up because I do not want to misss Steve Ballmer this AM.