Microsoft recently decided that the recent CES trade show would be its last. Now Microsoft has decided to cut out one of its own internal developer events that has been held since 2005. In a new post on Microsoft's official blog site, Microsoft announced, " ... we have decided to merge MIX, our spring web conference for developers and designers, into our next major developer conference, which we will host sometime in the coming year." The last MIX event was held in April 2011.
In explaining its decision, Microsoft said that one reason was that web developers felt left out of other developer events that were held by the company. It stated:
Some had even called out the existence of a separate web event as proof that we don’t "get" the web… it’s a fair point… when we get developers together to talk about what we’re doing in the platform, the web discussion should be part and parcel to everything we talk about.
The other reason is simple: Microsoft wanted to cut out the number of events it holds. The blog post states:
Developers were confused, and asking us about which event to go to. Reporters, analysts and tech bloggers were trying to manage “event fatigue”, and asked us the same question.
Microsoft said it will reveal more information about its next big developer event later in the year but stopped short of saying it would be the next version of its BUILD event, which it first held in September 2011.