Noticably absent was any major discussion about System Center Service Center, which was touted at MMS 2006, and System Center Data Protection Manager, which Microsoft has been trying to shove down our throat since MMS 2005 IIRC. Frankly, I didn't mind the absense of these products.
The conference itself was at The Venetian in Las Vegas, and will be there next year as well. While the room itself was nice, as you may have seen from previous posts with pictures or from their web site directly, I wasn't thrilled with this location. First, to get to the very nice room, one had to take no less than two elevators and walk quite a bit. If I caught the elevators correctly, it took me seven minutes to get from my room to the conference floor. While I need the exercise, it was a bit excessive in my opinion. Also, the food at the conference, while still plentiful, was less than satisfactory. The wireless access was very limited, which also was unsatisfactory. At Mandalay Bay as well as San Diego Convention Center, the wireless was plentiful and food great.
Thursday night I played a table game for the first time in my life. Several of us had gone over to the Casino Royale after the daily conference. Several of the peoplewere playing craps, which I find thoroughly confusing. Ben was sitting at the roulette table, and I watched him for a bit. After a while, I plunked out $40 and played. A few hours later, I walked away from the table with $60 and had a blast. I think I've found a new game for the next time Jen and I go to Vegas.
Speaking of which, Jen and I leave Monday morning for Chicago, as previously mentioned. The weather looks to be ... partially wet. Humpf.
Editted 10/27/2012 - changing comment availability because this keeps getting spammed.