Microsoft published a new white paper, "The Global Conference is Real: The Success of the PDC10 Player and Application". This white paper outlines how Microsoft transformed its Professional Developer Conference into an unprecedented virtual conference built on the Windows Azure platform to engage a record number of virtual attendees and deliver a compelling and engaging web experience.
The results were impressive:
- In contrast to the 5,000 to 7,000 attendees of the traditional Microsoft developer conference, PDC10 attracted more than 100,000 developers and 300,000 individual video views during its two-day span. Throughout the month of Nov'10, viewers requested archived and on-demand content more than 338 million times.
- Audiences visited the site from more than 150 countries over the two-day conference period. About 10% of the online audience used the simultaneous-translation feature, further demonstrating the success of the solution in extending the PDC's reach to non-native English speakers.
- The solution supported more than 5,000 concurrent connections with an average response time to requests of less than one-tenth of a second (0.07 seconds).
- Attendees viewed more than 500,000 hrs of conference content and the average video satisfaction rating for PDC content was 3.75 out of 4 (where 4 was "very satisfied"), and the average value rating was 3.9 out of 5 (where 5 was extremely valuable).
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