Microsoft cancels MIX 2012, will host another developer conference instead

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Microsoft has announced that the company will no longer be holding its annual springtime MIX developer conference. Instead, the company will host another major developer conference later next year. MIX has always been a conference where Microsoft can interact with web developers.

“MIX is a gathering of developers, designers, UX experts and business professionals creating the most innovative and profitable consumer sites on the web. Sessions range from technical, code-based topics to expert advice on content strategy, usability and design,” the Mix 2011 website states.

Microsoft will be merging MIX into a new major developer conference which will take place later next year. “I know a number of folks were wondering about MIX, given the time of year, so we wanted to make sure there’s no ambiguity, and be very clear.. there will be no MIX 2012,” Microsoft stated in an official blog post.

Microsoft started MIX back in 2005 to have a “more focused effort” around Internet Explorer 6 and the company’s web platform roadmap.

Microsoft reiterates that the web community is the same as the developer community. Microsoft has decided to merge the old MIX event into a new developer conference to appeal to all sorts of developers. Now that Microsoft is urging developers to create Windows 8 Metro styled apps, more time with the company at this new event and even the BUILD developer conference is something to look forward to, especially for documentation, training, and showcasing.

“As we look ahead to 2012 and beyond, the goal is to ensure that global Microsoft developer events are of the caliber that many of you experienced at BUILD last September, in addition to the thousands of online and local developer events we host around the world to support communities and connect directly with developers,” Microsoft added. The company plans on sharing more details about this new developer conference later this year.

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