As I have mentioned before, Microsoft UK are holding their own Vista launch event in Reading on 19th and 20th of January. Registration for this has now opened. http://www.microsoft.com/uk/launch2007/dev/default.mspx
On the 19th, they have some great presentations including a Keynote from Sanjay Parthasarathy (vice president of the Developer and Platform Evangelism Group at Microsoft Corp). They then have two tracks, one for Vista and one for Office with some great looking sessions.
On the 20th they are holding two coding sessions, the morning is focused on Vista with the afternoon focusing on Office. Some prizes are on offer here! Ian Moulster says this about the Saturday – “Well, we’re really keen to allow you to get your hands on these products as developers. So we’re building a huge room full of machines and inviting you to come along and write some code with us. We’ll brief you on an assignment then give you help to write the code in a two hour period, making sure that you get real experience of the platforms. And we’ll have some fun too, seeing as it’s a Saturday.”
Not only are they doing the launch in Reading, but they are also putting everything online ON THE DAY! (no need to register for this, information will be on the launch page on the day) On the Saturday you will be able to interact with developers via chat rooms, forums and the blogs.
Sounds like a lot of fun!! I’ve registered.