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Microsoft MIX event

Microsoft killed off its annual spring show for developers and designers, and instead merged aspects of it into another developer conference, presumably its October BUILD show (which in turn replaced the old Professional Developers’ Conference). Microsoft says Mix was conceived in 2005 at a time when IE6 was on the way and the company needed to hone its Web focus. But things have changed: “The notion that the ‘web community’ is somehow separate and distinct from the community of developers we care about no longer makes any sense.” Plus, Microsoft found developers confused about which of its developer shows to attend.

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