I checked with some folks internally, and they confirmed that yes, this is unfortunately true.
There are numerous discussions going on, and the recommendation is that you should watch http://microsoft.com/teched over the next week or two for updates and information. Brian Puhl Microsoft IT -----Original Message----- From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Mark Parris Sent: Monday, October 09, 2006 9:21 AM To: ActiveDir.org Subject: [ActiveDir] OT: TechED 2007 New Orleans Cancelled ??? It looks like TechED 2007 New Orleans has been cancelled and will be in another location next year. Has anyone stateside heard where it is going to be as of yet? Quote: Microsoft cancels 3 New Orleans meetings, cites lack of flights Lack of airline flights in and out of New Orleans prompted Microsoft Corp. to cancel three meetings expected to bring a total of more than 30,000 people to New Orleans next year. They had been planned as the first meetings in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina for Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft, which has held several worldwide events bringing thousands of people to the city since 2002. Microsoft spokeswoman Robyn Kratzer confirmed to The Associated Press that the company was forced to cancel the planned events because they thought it would be too difficult to transport thousands of attendees, including some international travelers, in and out of the city. ``It was an extremely difficult situation and a difficult decision for Microsoft, but it was totally around logistics,'' Kratzer told AP. Two of the meetings were expected to bring 14,000 people each, and the third about 4,000. Service at Louis Armstrong International Airport is 61 percent of what it was before the storm, but the airport has been able to get extra flights for other special events, spokeswoman Michelle Duffourc said. Continental Airlines has been particularly willing to put larger aircraft on its flights or schedule extra flights to the city when needed, she said. However, nobody from Microsoft or the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau asked the airport to help keep the conventions, she said. ``That is really not true,'' convention bureau spokeswoman Mary Beth Romig said. She said the Microsoft meetings and their dates were mentioned ``some time ago'' during the bureau's continuing talks with the airport about flight problems. About Microsoft's decision, she said: ``Of course we are sorry they changed their mind. We are continuing to work with them for future dates in future years.'' Regards, Mark Parris Base IT Ltd Active Directory Consultancy Tel +44(0)7801 690596 [EMAIL PROTECTED]) List info : http://www.activedir.org/List.aspx List FAQ : http://www.activedir.org/ListFAQ.aspx List archive: http://www.activedir.org/ml/threads.aspx