vCalendar was launched in 2009 at VMworld. I think it was a success and my sincere hope is that everyone who acquired one got some practical use out of it. I know I have, which is why I created it. Each new day is a pleasant surprise. Some might be curious about what’s next for vCalendar. The truth is that I began development of vCalendar 2.0 shortly after the 1.0 launch. This was easy to do because I followed the same development methodology which was incorporated into version 1.0, essentially harvesting useful data from the trenches on an almost daily basis and then formatting that data into a vCalendar form factor.
So the good news is that there will be a vCalendar 2.0 and I’m planning on an anniversary launch around VMworld 2010 San Francisco. Some data which is not so relevant any longer will be pruned. Some of the data which is still currently relevant or of historic value will be carried over from the previous version. Then there will be quite a bit of new content added which I have been working on since the fall of last year. The next few blog posts you see from me will provide examples of upcoming vCalendar 2.0 content. The posts will be rather short and to the point – because for the most part they are in vCalendar format which is limited to a finite number of rows and 425 characters total.
The not so good news surrounding vCalendar 2.0 is that it will only be available for purchase by continental U.S. peeps online at The Printed Owl. I will do my best to get some vCalendars into the VMworld store as I did last year but I cannot make any promises as it is quite expensive to do so and the budget is tight this year. Veeam did a fantastic job of distributing vCalendars over the past year, however, they will not be carrying the vCalendar this year. I wish to extend my thanks to Veeam for their partnership.
I’d like the vCalendar tradition to continue, be successful, and maybe leave its mark in VMware lore. I’m excited for the upcoming launch and I hope you’re able to get your hands on one.