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Microsoft Ignite Event for IT Pros Coming in May

Microsoft disclosed today that its unified technology event coming in May next year will be called "Microsoft Ignite."

The Ignite event will be held from May 4 to May 8 in Chicago at the McCormick Place meeting center. Ignite combines programs from previously separate Microsoft events for IT pros, including "the Management Summit, [and] the Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Project, and TechEd conferences," according to Frank X. Shaw, corporate vice president of communications at Microsoft, in an announcement.

Early registration for Ignite (before Dec. 11, 2014) costs $1,920 for the full conference, but it jumps to $2,220 thereafter. The Ignite registration page can be accessed here.

The event will combine programs for Microsoft technologies that include Azure infrastructure and management, operating systems, mobile devices, unified communications and big data, according to Shaw. It will include technical sessions, labs and certification-related activities. Microsoft had hinted that it planned to combine its various IT pro events back in July.

The new Ignite event will bring out Microsoft's engineers and executives, Shaw promised. On the docket will be Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, as well as executives such as "Brad Anderson, Joe Belfiore, Dave Campbell, Peggy Johnson, Chris Jones, Julie Larson Green, Gurdeep Singh Pall," he noted.

While the Ignite event shares the same name as Microsoft's Ignite partner program, there's no connection. Microsoft will hold its next Worldwide Partner Conference in Orlando from July 12 to July 16. It's also planning to hold its next Convergence event in Atlanta on March 16 to March 19.

Microsoft's Build event for developers is planned for April 29 to May 1 in San Francisco. Earlier this year, Microsoft had indicated that it would reinstate its WinHEC event for hardware developers. The next WinHEC event is scheduled from March 18 to March 19 in Shenzhen, China.

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Kurt Mackie is senior news producer for 1105 Media's Converge360 group.

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