This is probably a good move on IDG’s part. I can speak from personal experience when I say that attending the conference in late-January / early-February has been a pain in the ass. For example, here are the factors that I have had to overcome to attend past shows:
- My company resets all vacation time on January 1st, and I don’t accrue enough to cover all of Macworld by late January.
- Because my company resets vacation time at the start of the year, I usually take a large chunk of time in late December. It’s a bit awkward to ask for the better part of a week off a mere month later.
- January 31st is the end of my company’s fiscal year. That means we’re usually rushing to complete our courseware releases that week to meet our End-of-Year goals.
March 27—-March 29 will be vastly more convenient for me, and I imagine for many others as well.