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Regardless of your position in an enterprise, as an IT pro you are expected to stay up-to-date on the latest technological trends and innovations. IT pros working with Microsoft products and services can learn about its latest plans from hundreds of conferences, seminars, and summits held by the company each year. In order to choose when, where, and how to attend (whether in-person or online) these Microsoft events, it requires an annual schedule and thoughtful logistical planning.

The 2020 schedule of Microsoft events includes large annual conferences and smaller, more intimate, seminars and educational gatherings. The smaller events are often presented as tours that take place in different cities throughout the year.

Note: All of these conferences are subject to change because of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The latest changes are listed below, though check their respective websites often for updates.

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Four big Microsoft events in 2020

Microsoft Business Applications Summit – May 6-7, 2020

Microsoft Business Applications Summit: Because of concerns regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), this conference has been converted to an all-digital format. Refunds of prepayments are available.

Like Microsoft’sBuild conference, this event focuses on the development of business applications and the all-important concept of enterprise digital transformation. According to current theory, a successful enterprise must be a digital business using cloud-based technologies. The Microsoft Business Applications Summit explains how to accomplish the digital transformation and tries to inspire businesses to attempt it.

Microsoft Build – May 19-21, 2020

Microsoft Build: Because of concerns regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), this conference has been converted to an all-digital format. Refunds of prepayments are available.

The Build conference is always one of the most important educational conferences of the year for Microsoft, which uses the event to get application and system developers excited about Microsoft’s major platforms of Windows 10, Office 365, and Azure.

Microsoft Inspire – July 19-23, 2020

Microsoft Inspire: This conference will be held in Las Vegas subject to changes because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Check the website often for updates.

This annual meeting features keynotes and breakout sessions for Microsoft partners–third-party vendors who sell, develop, and support Microsoft products for business and other organizations. However, even though it caters to partners, all IT pros can glean valuable information from what is revealed during this Microsoft conference.

Microsoft Ignite – September 2020

Microsoft Ignite: Because of concerns regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), this conference has been converted to a complementary all-digital format. There is an option on the website to sign up for updates.

Acting as the culmination of a full year of seminars, conferences, and summits, Microsoft’s Ignite conference highlights the latest in expert insights from technology leaders. The breakout sessions examine how technology is shaping the future of cloud, data, business intelligence, teamwork, collaboration, and productivity. It is Microsoft’s most forward-looking big conference of the year.

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Smaller, more intimate Microsoft events in 2020

Apparently successful in its first year in 2019, Microsoft will continue what it calls the Microsoft Ignite The Tour events, which are held in various cities throughout the year. These educational conferences are like the Ignite conference, but they will cater to the location and local attendees at each event. Because of concerns regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), many of the conferences have been cancelled, so check the website for updates.

Here are smaller Microsoft events scheduled throughout the year:

  • IoT in Action: This seminar will be held in various venues and cities throughout the year starting January 13, 2020, in New York. The seminars will show how the Internet of Things (IoT) can be implemented practically in a business environment.

  • Power Platform World Tour: Four of these conferences will be held the first half of the calendar year, with the first scheduled for February 4-5, 2020, in Houston. Data visualization is vital to the dissemination of information gleaned from business data, and this conference will show how PowerBI and Power Apps can help.

  • MVP Global Summit: Because of concerns regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), this conference was converted to an all-digital format on March 15-20, 2020. It is exclusively for Microsoft MVPs.

There are many educational conferences and seminars presented by third-party vendors throughout the year with explicit support from Microsoft. Check for local events through social media and other informational outlets.