MVC5 .NET Glimpse and NuGet - Melbourne
I also really like MVC5, it feels familiar. The base templates are great to get started and scaffold x% of the work for you.
I think the biggest eye opener of the day was Azure. I quite enjoy the Azure model. .NET lends it self well to then and the integration between the tooling and the deployment platform is tight. I had next to no issues deploying simple apps and the 10 free websites is great for testing and getting side projects up and running.
That being said I think the biggest item I took from the event was Glimpse. It was just fantastic, I wont start a project without it anymore. Its basically request level debugging in the browser for .NET if you haven't tried it I suggest you do. http://getglimpse.com/
Like it or loath it I'll Microsoft have come a long way and I can see start ups looking to MS technology moving forward as they are really closing that gap enabling dev to get going for next to no cost ( or zero cost ) and provide a pathway to support your application as it grows.