A big tech company like Microsoft is always focusing on keeping the IT professionals educated with its new services and products. That’s why every year Microsoft conducts multiple big events in which IT professionals from around the world can join. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some of the events in 2020 didn’t execute as per the plan, and either got canceled or turned into virtual events.
In 2021, Microsoft has set its goals for multiple top events, which are going to be held digitally and virtually. IT professionals will get to know about the new services, products, and technologies. A virtual event is almost the same as that of a physical event, plus there are other benefits with it, such as the venue never gets sold out, attend an event from the comfort of home, and many more. Although the events are turned into virtual ones, still the pattern is the same as in past years, where there will be few large conferences all over the year, along with some minor to major events in between focusing on specific technologies and categories. Below are the details of a few of the top events of Microsoft that IT professionals may find interesting.
Microsoft Top Events in 2021
Microsoft has officially confirmed the dates of its two biggest events of this year, as follow:
Envision (February 16-17, 2021)
Envision event is focused on worldwide business leaders in an effort to discuss technology innovations and evaluate the positive and negative aspects of business digitalization. Microsoft Envision 2021 is going to be conducted in a partnership with Avanade and Accenture. As per the official program overview, Envision is going to focus on five key aspects, as follow:
- Climate change
- Global GDP
The key discussion points in Envision are the key digital trends that will continue after the COVID-19 pandemic, eventually impacting our future.
Microsoft Ignite (March 2-4, 2021)
Microsoft Ignite is an annual event that is meant for developers and IT professionals. It focuses on providing thorough technical trainings on different latest techniques and technologies. Most of the training sessions and seminars are oriented around Microsoft Azure and how it can be utilized for business digitalization.
Microsoft Build and Microsoft Inspire
On a yearly basis, Microsoft conducts two other big events, Build and Inspire. Last year, these events were conducted around mid of 2020, so their exact dates for 2021 are still not announced.
The Build is a conference type event, and in fact, known as one of Microsoft’s yearly most important conferences. The Build event triggers the system and application developers about the major platforms of Microsoft, i.e., Azure, Windows 10, and Microsoft 365.
The Inspire is also a conference type event, which lets partners of Microsoft connect and cooperate like a single community. This collaborative environment helps partners to educate themselves with key new business strategies and get better insights of the year ahead.
Other Key Events of Microsoft in 2021
Other than the above four key events Microsoft is going to conduct in 2021, there are many other smaller-scale focused events that are going to explore specific technologies/tools. As such events are not on a bigger scale, so they might be accessible online or on-demand multiple times during the year.
The following are some of the smaller-scale focused Microsoft events that you might find interesting:
- Microsoft Teams Collaboratorium: Smarter Meetings (January 26, 2021), (by the time I was writing this blog the event ended 🙂 )
- Windows Virtual Desktop Master Class (January 28, 2021)
- Power BI Live Event
- Open Azure Day
- Shape Your Future with Azure Data and Analytics
You can get further info about the events and dates by going to the Microsoft events schedule site.