Microsoft is hosting a Visio conference from January 19-20, 2006 in Seattle. It's downtown by the water in the Seattle Waterfront Marriott. The show is 70% sold out already, so if you're interested, snag tickets now. Steve Ballmer is the keynote speaker. If you haven't seen him talk live yet, it's a lot of fun. SteveB has a way of telling it as it is, while keeping a sense of humour. The conference is right after the Microsoft Project conference, which is also in Seattle from January 17 to January 19th. (It's a separate conference, though, so you can't double-dip on the tickets.)
The Seattle conference covers some interesting ground, focusing mainly on Visio 2003 use and extensibility. Lots of good focus on partners who are actually using Visio in solutions, in addition to Visio product team members talking about specific functionality. It'll also give participants a sneak peak at the GREAT new features for Visio 12, the next release. I hear that you'll get the Beta 1 bits for the next release of Visio -- Beta 1 is only being distributed to a select group of folks.
Check out http://www.msvisioconference.com/ if you are interested in attending. While you're in town for the Visio conference, here's some links to my favorite places to eat down in that area.
- Matt's In The Market: Excellent food and wine list in a cozy atmosphere. Lunch's catfish sandwich is great.
- Macrina Bakery: Best baked goods and desserts in town.
- Typhoon: Decent Thai downtown although I think Thai Tom, a little place in the U District with a long wait, is better.
- Capital Club: Good drinks and decent food.