Microsoft unveils a new 2017 event lineup

Lindsay James
Lindsay James
By Lindsay James on 09 December 2016
Microsoft unveils a new 2017 event lineup

Chris Capossela, Microsoft’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer, has announced a number of new updates to Microsoft’s 2017 conference schedule.

“2016 has been a year of exciting growth and innovation here at Microsoft and for our customers,” he said. “Business leaders, IT professionals, developers and our partners are embracing the cloud and new technologies like artificial intelligence, IoT and mixed reality to drive digital transformation.

“As we look toward 2017, I’d like to share an update on Microsoft’s premier conferences for the year ahead. As always, our goal is to provide high-quality event experiences that deliver impactful guidance and enable our vibrant communities to network, grow and learn from each other.”

Capossela explains how Microsoft is bringing its annual Microsoft Build conference to Seattle — the “cloud city” — from May 10-12, 2017. Here, developers can hear from Microsoft engineering leaders and learn about the latest tools and technologies to boost creativity and productivity. Look for information about Microsoft Build 2017 at

Microsoft is also renaming the Worldwide Partner Conference to Microsoft Inspire, which will be held July 9-13 in Washington, D.C. “This new name reflects how Microsoft and our partner community inspire each other to innovate and deliver powerful new solutions to customers,” Capossela says. Registration for Microsoft Inspire is now open — learn more at

Finally, Microsoft Envision, the event for business leaders previously planned for February, is becoming part of Microsoft Ignite Sept. 25-29. “The partnership between business and IT leaders has never been more important, so Microsoft Ignite will now cater to both audiences and help foster collaboration between the two,” Capossela says. “We’ll have more details to share in the coming months.”


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