There’s been a lot of discussion about the fate of Microsoft TechEd — arguably Microsoft’s premier technical conference for IT professionals — and it’s successor, the Microsoft Ignite conference. Conventional wisdom was that Microsoft TechEd Europe 2014 would be the last event to bear the Microsoft TechEd name, but the Microsoft TechEd New Zealand 2014 website has a notification page stating that “TechEd 2015 dates will be announced soon.” (A big thank you to Microsoft MVP Orin Thomas for the head’s up on the website.)
I’ve inserted a screen grab of the Microsoft TechEd New Zealand 2015 countdown page below. According to a source also based in Australia, there will be multiple TechEd events in Australia for 2015 as well. “As far as anyone down here seems to know, it’s definitely TechEd NZ 2015 and there will be several TechEd Australia 2015 [events] as well.”
We’ve been reporting on Microsoft TechEd 2014 for most of this week, and Microsoft has been pretty clear in all of their communication to date that — at least in North America — the new Microsoft Ignite Conference will serve as the successor to TechEd and many of Microsoft’s other IT-focused conferences, namely the now-defunct Microsoft Exchange Conference, Microsoft SharePoint Conference, and others.
I’ve reached out to Microsoft for additional comment/clarification on the fate of the Microsoft TechEd conference brand outside of the US, and I’ll update this article with an official response when (and if) I receive one. If you’re an IT professional based in New Zealand or Australia that has regularly attended TechEd events in both regions, I’d love to hear your thoughts, or if you’ve seen/heard anything about TechEd 2015 in Australia or New Zealand please drop me an email.
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