Just a little late on the announcement (expected at the end of September), but Microsoft has now unveiled the name of its multi-conference replacement. The new event is called Microsoft Ignite seeks to pull together 6 different events with 6 very different communities, including SharePoint, Exchange, Lync, Project, MMS, and TechEd.
Microsoft Ignite will take place in Chicago from May 4-8 in 2015. Featured speakers include Satya Nadella (Chief Executive Officer), Brad Anderson (Corporate Vice President, Enterprise Client & Mobility), Julie Larson-Green (Chief Experience Officer, Applications and Services Group), Dave Campbell (Chief Technology Officer, Cloud & Enterprise), Joe Belfiore (Corporate Vice President, PC, Tablet and Phone), and Peggy Johnson (Executive Vice President, Business Development).
The site is already live and early-bird registration is open: Microsoft Ignite
I have to say the name is fantastic, and is heads above anything Microsoft was proposing just a couple months ago when they asked for customer feedback on names.
To celebrate Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft general manager Julia White will participate in a press conference with the City of Chicago today, where Mayor Emanuel will welcome Microsoft and the new event to the city. Tune into the press conference livestream at 11:30am PT. An on-demand version will be made available following the event here.
In addition to today's Microsoft Ignite announcement, the company has finalized information about its other conferences in 2015. They are:
- Build in San Francisco – April 29-May 1.
- Convergence 2015 in Atlanta, March 16-19.
- The Worldwide Partner Conference in Orlando, July 12-16.
P.S. I'll provide more commentary on Microsoft Ignite soon. I just wanted to get this out there and let you all know about it.