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In the spirit of full transparency, I want to share some good news about today's Kendo UI Official Launch online event- good news that has a bit of a "catch."

There is huge excitement around the introduction of Kendo UI. There is so much interest that the Kendo UI launch event has effectively "sold out." Nearly 3,000 people have registered to attend today's live online event! Your excitement is contagious and it has got us super excited about today's launch event, too. We can't wait to show-off more of Kendo UI and talk to you directly about what's in this first release.

The Catch

What could possibly be bad about this huge excitement? As it turns out, our online event platform can "only" host 1,001 simultaneous attendees. That in itself is a big audience, but we fully expect to reach (and then exceed) that limit with today's event.

What does that mean to you?

Getting in to today's live event will be first-come, first-served. Once the limit is reached, you may get a message telling you that you cannot join the live event. We apologize up-front for this inconvenience. We would love to get everyone in to the live event, and you can bet we'll be upgrading our online event systems for 2012.

For now, to join the live event, make sure you log-on early and get in the webinar waiting room.

The Solution

There's not much we can do once the limit is reached, but we're going to do a few things to try to make-up for the limit for everyone that's registered to attend the launch webinar:

  1. The entire event will be recorded and posted to the Kendo UI YouTube channel shortly following the live webcast. If you don't get in to the live event, you'll be able to grab and watch this recording within one hour of the conclusion. (Same goes for anyone that experiences any technical hiccups during the broadcast due to the maxed-out audience.)
  2. We will be offering a special promo to everyone that is registered for the launch web event, whether you're able to join or not. Typically we limit promos like this to live attendees, but given the extraordinary circumstance, we'll share the promo code with all registered attendees via email after the event concludes. So there's still time to register if you want to be part of this group!
  3. One of the incentives for attending the live webinar is a chance to win one of two custom Kendo UI etched iPads. To make it fair for people unable to get-in, we'll do one drawing using only the names of people in the live event (more incentive to show-up early!), and then we'll draw for the other iPad using all registered names (attended or not).
  4. Finally, we've created a new "bonus" webinar that will happen today at 2 PM EST. This will not be a repeat of the launch. It will be a new, more code-focused event that dives deeper in to Kendo UI programming. If you can't join the live launch event, you may be able to join this second live event today. You can register for that bonus webinar now.

We know it's not perfect, but hopefully this is an acceptable compromise that can make everyone happy during this exciting launch time.

Capacity limits aside, we can't thank you enough for the overwhelmingly positive feedback on Kendo UI so far, and we look forward to extending the conversation today in the live web events. We work hard to make your lives as developers easier and today's release is just the beginning for many more exciting things to come.

See you at the launch!

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Todd Anglin

Todd Anglin is Vice President of Product at Progress. Todd is responsible for leading the teams at Progress focused on NativeScript, a modern cross-platform solution for building native mobile apps with JavaScript. Todd is an author and frequent speaker on web and mobile app development. Follow Todd @toddanglin for his latest writings and industry insights.

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