Tech Ed 2006: Goodie Bag falls short of expectations

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I always enjoy digging through the Tech Ed attendee bag. Microsoft usually packs the bag with some useful software. This year however, I was rather disappointed. Besides the usual marketing slicks, promotional CDs and DVDs, and magazines, the bag contained the following software:
  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (Beta 2) Technical Resource DVD - This DVD doesn't actually contain SharePoint, just marketing material and a link to Microsoft's Web site to download the software.
  • Microsoft Windows 64-bit Resource DVD - Again, this DVD contains only promotion material, not the actual software.
  • Windows Server Longhorn Beta 2 - Nice, but this was released last month
  • Windows Vista Beta 2 - Released last month
  • Microsoft Office System Beta 2 - Released last month
  • Visual Studio 2005 Professional 90-Day Trial Edition