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At the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) 2005, Bill Gates had noted that Microsoft didn’t hold this event every year. “It’s an event that we give when we have new tools, new foundation software, and new developer opportunities for you,” he said at the time. This explained why there wasn’t another PDC until 2008, when Microsoft announced its cloud push with Window Azure and the Windows 7 developer story, such as it was. But it doesn’t explain why Microsoft held yet another PDC just a year later, in 2009, as there were literally no new tools, foundation software, or new developer opportunities on offer.

Indeed, very little really happened between PDC 2008 and PDC 2009 on the Windows front.

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