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Microsoft 2016 Conference Schedule: What to Look Out For

Microsoft 2016 Conference Schedule: What to Look Out For

As 2015 comes to a close, analysts, users, and vendors look forward to conferences in 2016. Microsoft, as always, has been working to bring conference attendees a top tier conference experience. Taking in feedback from prior attendees and looking toward 2016, Microsoft has announced the official 2016 event lineup in its blog.

Broken into four events—Convergence, //Build, Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), and Microsoft Ignite—each event looks to help specific Microsoft communities an opportunity to learn, engage, network and ultimately do more with Microsoft.

  • Convergence – for Business Leaders seeking to explore emerging trends, discover new solutions and realize the opportunity to achieve more.
  • //Build – for Developers looking for the latest vision and direction from Microsoft.
  • Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) – for Partners focusing on how they can drive business growth with us and our partner channel to deliver solutions to our mutual customers.
  • Microsoft Ignite – for IT Professionals looking for what’s next in technology and skill building across Microsoft’s technologies.

Convergence: New Orleans, LA, April 4-7 2016

Where Business Meets Possibility—Once again, Microsoft will bring together business leaders, financial professionals, solutions providers, and users of its Dynamics products—GP, SL, AX, NAV, RMS, CRM, and more.

Convergence 2016, scheduled for April 4-7 2016 in New Orleans, LA, will open for registration in December, and will feature advice on better managing your business, networking, a vast tradeshow of top solutions providers, and first looks at new technologies from Microsoft.

Need a better reason? Here are three:

  1. It’s the ultimate gathering of potential and current Dynamics users: With more than 12,000 attendees, press, speakers, and staff from over 95 countries in a plethora of industries, this event benefits sponsors, exhibitors, and the attendees themselves.
  2. Learn How to Use Your Dynamics Product More Effectively: From hands-on learning to fireside chats, Microsoft has taken into consideration all of its users and will provide advanced learning opportunities for both business and technical roles.
  3. Increase The Value of Microsoft Dynamics Product: If you’re a current user, take a stroll around the Expo floor and learn about how to take your investment further with tools and solutions focused on your industry.

Learn more about Convergence 2015 here.

//Build: San Francisco, CA, Spring 2016

The developer conference for Microsoft, //Build provides additional training to allow developers to take advantage of all of the advances in Microsoft’s technology. With details still to be officially released, //Build will likely take place in San Francisco in Spring and like last year, is expected to sell out in minutes.

Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC): Toronto, ON, CA, July 10-14, 2016

The ultimate event for current and potential Microsoft partners, the WPC will bring together those in the channel to discuss the new solutions, innovations, and partnerships Microsoft brings to its users.

Scheduled for July 10-14, 2016, learn more about the WPC here.

Microsoft Ignite: September 26-30, 2016

Microsoft’s largest technology event of the year, Microsoft Ignite gives you five days of hands-on learning, industry insights, and direct access to product experts—all in one place. Featuring over 700 sessions, attendees benefit from the following:

  • Hands-on Labs
  • Direct access to product experts
  • Deep dives and demos
  • 100+ vendors on the expo floor
  • Product roadmaps and strategies
  • One-on-one discussions

Pre-registration is open now, and Ignite will feature some of the biggest names including CEO Satya Nadella, Corporate VP of PC, Tablet, and Phone Joe Belfiore, Corporate VP of Skype Gurdeep Singh Pall, and Corporate VP of Enterprise Client and Mobility Brad Anderson, among others.

Microsoft Ignite is the event for everything enterprise:

Azure Project System Center
Dynamics SharePoint Visual Studio
Exchange Skype for Business Windows
Intune SQL Server Windows Server
Office 365 Surface Yammer


Originally scheduled for May in Chicago, Microsoft moved the event, which pulled over 23,000 attendees in its inaugural year, to September in Atlanta, GA. Pre-Registration is open, and interested attendees can head here to do so.

Regional Events Coming to a City Near You

Maybe the largest of the large events aren’t your go-to selections. Microsoft has an ongoing selection of events for attendees in local markets. Check out their Microsoft Events page for more information.


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