Intel unceremoniously killed its long-running Intel Developer Forum event series today with a terse announcement on the IDF site:
Intel has evolved its event portfolio and decided to retire the IDF program moving forward. Thank you for nearly 20 great years with the Intel Developer Forum! Intel has a number of resources available on intel.com, including a Resource and Design Center with documentation, software, and tools for designers, engineers, and developers. As always, our customers, partners, and developers should reach out to their Intel representative with questions.
In past years, IDF served as a rich conduit for new x86-related product announcements, architectural details, and more happenings around Intel, making it one of the can't-miss events of the PC hardware calendar. The Tech Report attended and reported on many an IDF over the years, but it appears that yours truly's experience with the show will begin and end with IDF 2016.
In a statement to Anandtech, Intel says that as it broadens its non-PC businesses, a single event like IDF doesn't let it communicate with its various communities the way it wants to. Indeed, the Kaby Lake CPU briefing from last year's event wasn't even officially part of IDF. Instead, it sounds like we'll be getting narrower, more frequent briefings like that Kaby Lake side event and the recent Optane Tech Day so that each new innovation or product gets enough breathing room in the future. Fair enough, we suppose.
Still, losing IDF means losing a great opportunity to socialize with Intel employees, partners, and members of the tech press from around the world in one spot, and whatever comes next almost certainly won't fill that hole. Adieu, IDF.