Last year was a really good event. It was well attended (about 120 people). Sam Ramji spent an hour with the group in open discussion around the challenges of open source at Microsoft and progress made. It was a particularly important discussion at the time because of a Fortune article the week before the forum. There was lots of good commentary in booth directions around such things as IP management. Stephen O'Grady (Redmonk) also presented and was his regularly inimitable self. John Roberts (SugarCRM CEO) spoke about their partner relationship with Microsoft, and the ISV team explained the opportunities available through the NXT program.
This year they're tightening the agenda up. The event starts with lunch and registration from 11:30am, and the event begins properly at 12:30pm. (You won't necessarily need the extra night in the hotel to attend.) Sam will speak again this year, as will Stephen. New ISV partners will present, as well as a panel discussion from a new collection of venture capitalists. If you're an ISV, it promises to be a good half day event to warm up before tackling OSBC itself.
Registration is free and the site is now open. As an added incentive, ISVs that attend the Microsoft Open Source ISV Forum get 50% off the two-day registration for OSBC.