First of all, this is not an early April Fools joke!
But for 24 hours on April 1st(GMT), Microsoft is hosting a rather large and free event that you can participate in without leaving your desk or home. The event is primarily aimed at developers, but there are a few other key jems hidden in the sessions. This is a 24 hour Live Meeting event called TechDays. Almost 90 in-depth sessions.
Best of all (in my blog, I get to decide what is best. Get your own blog!) I will be doing a session at 4PM Eastern US Time. Loosely based on the Briforum 2008 Session I did on "The Data Problem", although this time aimed at the developers.
Back in 2001 at Softricity, Microsoft's Stuart Schaeffer and I discussed how we were building this application virtualization platform (then called SoftGrid, now known as App-V) in part because the developers didn't know how to write applications, and how we should start a campaign to educate the developers. Uh, we got busy and forgot about all that (Mea culpa). So finally eight years later I am finally getting around to it.
Uh, you can get prizes for attending like 50% of a MS Cert exam, and Second Shot on cert exams (and not just developer ones) and MSDN subscriptions.
See http://www.msfttechdays.com/public/home.aspx for more information.