The ultimate guide to Microsoft events in 2018

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Whether you’re looking to attend one of Microsoft’s huge flagship conferences, or one of the countless user groups and free training days taking place throughout the year, you’re bound to find an event to suit your needs in 2018.

We’ve rounded up some key dates in the 2018 Microsoft events calendar, so you can start sorting out your diary. We’ll be adding events to this list as and when they’re announced, so keep an eye on this page for new and updated information.

If you know of an event that we should include in our list, drop us a tweet @NigelFrank!

January

SharePoint Saturday
January 13
California State University San Marcos
San Diego, CA

The first SharePoint Saturday of 2018 takes place in San Diego, CA. Join SharePoint users and professionals for a free day of learning, networking, and fun, with a variety of SharePoint and Office 365 sessions available for all experience levels.

Microsoft Tech Summit
January 17-18
Marina Bay Sands
Singapore

Build your cloud skills with the latest in Azure and Microsoft 365 at a free, technical learning event for IT professionals and developers. The event boasts over 100 sessions for all skill levels, with keynotes including a session on creating a modern workplace with Microsoft 365 by Brian Goode, Office 365 General Manager.

SharePoint Saturday
January 20
St. Louis University Workforce Center
St. Louis, MO

More SharePoint learning, networking and sessions for SharePoint and Office 365 administrators, end users, architects, and developers, with speakers from around the globe.

Microsoft Tech Summit
January 24-25
National Exhibition Center (NEC)
Birmingham, UK

Build your cloud skills, connect with experts and get inspired at this free, technical learning event for IT professionals and developers. The event features 130 sessions covering all aspects of Azure and Microsoft 365, from AI and machine learning, to compliance, infrastructure, and productivity.

February

SharePoint Saturday
February 3
UDOT Learning Center
Taylorsville, UT

Utah’s 7th SharePoint Saturday brings together SharePoint and Office365 administrators, end users, architects, developers, and other professionals together to learn and discuss the technologies’ latest developments.

Microsoft Tech Summit
March 13-14
Cape Town International Convention Centre
Cape Town, South Africa

Evolve your skills, grow your expertise, and further your professional career alongside Microsoft’s top cloud engineers across Azure and Microsoft 365 at this free technical learning event.

Microsoft Tech Summit
February 21-22
Messe Frankfurt
Frankfurt, Germany

Whether you’re already a whizz in the cloud, or you’re just beginning to build your skillset,  there’s something for everyone amongst this free event’s 100+ sessions.

SQLBits
February 21-24
Olympia London
London, UK

The largest SQL Server conference in Europe for data professionals, SQLBits is led by Microsoft Data Platform experts, and features over 170 specialist sessions across four days of world-class training.

March

Microsoft Tech Summit
March 5-6
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Washington D.C.

Find out how the cloud is transforming the way we live and work, and learn how Microsoft’s cloud platform can help you lead your organization through real digital transformation at this free technical training event.

Visual Studio Live!
March 11-16
Bally’s Hotel and Casino
Las Vegas, NV

Visual Studio offers unbiased, practical developer training during an intense, hard-hitting week of education. Sharpen your Visual Studio, ASP.NET, .NET Core, JavaScript, Xamarin, and Database Analytics skills, and celebrate 25 years of coding innovation.

Microsoft Tech Summit
March 14-15
Paris Expo Porte de Versailles
Paris, France

Expand your cloud knowledge and discover the latest developments in Azure and Microsoft 365 at this free, two-day technical learning event for IT professionals of all levels.

Microsoft Tech Summit
March 19-20
Marriott Marquis
San Francisco, CA

Microsoft’s free cloud learning event brings Microsoft’s top cloud engineers across Azure and Microsoft 365 to San Francisco for two days of training and education.

eXtreme365
March 19-22
Venue TBC
Dubrovnik, Croatia

The Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Intelligent Cloud Community comes together at this event for both partners and end users. Find out how to grow your existing Dynamics 365 practice, learn about the Intelligent Business Cloud, and dive into Microsoft’s newest technologies and future roadmaps.

GPUG Amplify
March 20-22
Venue TBC
Chicago, IL

Join Microsoft Partners and leaders, end users, and business leaders to network, discuss and learn more about the future of Dynamics GP.

Cloud Expo Europe
March 21-22,
ExCel Centre
London, United Kingdom

Cloud Expo 2017 was the UK’s biggest and best-attended technology show, and in 2018 it returns to London, bringing together key industry leaders such as Google, Amazon, IBM, Microsoft, Red Hat and Cisco to present their perspective on cloud computing. Learn from world-leading experts, and enjoy two days of networking, lead and business generation at this free expo.

Microsoft Tech Summit
March 28-29
RAI Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Learn, network, meet partners, and get access to experts who can help you get the most out of the cloud at this free technical training event.

SharePoint Fest
March 26-30
Walter E Washington Convention Center
Washington D.C.

Pick a track, or mix and match from over 100 technical classes and workshops led by Microsoft Certified trainers, engineers, and MVPs at this three-day mecca for SharePoint users and professionals. Find out how the system is developing, and how to get the most out of SharePoint for your business.

April

CRM Evolution
April 9-11
Renaissance Hotel
Washington D.C.

Join industry-leading speakers, exhibitors, and fellow CRM users for the chance to hear from the brightest and most influential people in the CRM industry. Learn how to create great customer engagements, generate high ROI, and prepare for customer trends that will shape the future of the marketplace.

Microsoft Tech Summit
April 17-18
Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre
Stockholm, Sweden

Join Microsoft’s top cloud engineers and learn more about Azure and Microsoft 365 at this technical learning event. Grow your cloud skills and discover the latest trends, tools, and product roadmaps covering a range of focus areas.

DSLUG
April 23-26
Marriott St. Louis Grand
St Louis, MO

The DSLUG Conference is the place to be for unmatched Dynamics SL education, exciting product insight forums, and authentic peer-to-peer networking.

Summit EMEA
April 24-26
The Convention Centre
Dublin, Ireland

Hosted by Dynamic Communities, Summit EMEA is the User Group conference that brings Microsoft Dynamics 365, AX and CRM users, industry experts and software development vendors together to discuss important issues, to learn about product updates, and to find genuine solutions that suit your business needs.

Microsoft Tech Summit
April 25-26
Expo XXI
Warsaw, Poland

Build your cloud skills with the latest in Azure and Microsoft 365 with keynotes, breakouts and hands-on labs at this free, technical learning event for IT professionals and developers.

SharePoint Saturday
April 28
Microsoft Technology Center
Houston, TX

Head to Houston’s Microsoft Technology Center for an educational, informative and lively day filled with free sessions from respected SharePoint professionals and MVPs, covering a wide variety of SharePoint-oriented topics.

May

Digital Workplace Conference
May 1-2
Cordis Hotel
Auckland, New Zealand

Take a deep dive into SharePoint and Office 365, and learn new skills from expert technical speakers.

Microsoft Build
May 7-9
Washington State Convention Center
Seattle, WA

Microsoft Build is an annual conference aimed towards software engineers and web developers using Windows, Windows Phone, Microsoft Azure and other Microsoft technologies.

SQLSaturday
May 19
Microsoft New York Metro District Office
New York City, NY

SQLSaturday is a free training event for Microsoft Data Platform professionals and those wanting to learn about SQL Server, Business Intelligence and Analytics.

SharePoint Conference
May 21-23
MGM Grand
Las Vegas, NV

SharePoint Conference North America is a premier opportunity to hear experts from Microsoft and around the world share their experience and knowledge about Office 365, SharePoint and OneDrive, offering best practices, and real-world project insights.

Focus
May 21-24
JW Marriott Indianapolis
Indianapolis, IN

The premier conference to attend for concentrated Power BI and Microsoft Dynamics 365, AX, CRM, and NAV learning through 90-minute sessions presented by technical experts. Focus is separated into multiple two-day events covering specific products:

May 21-22: NAVUG and PUG
May 23-24: D365UG/AXUG and D365UG/CRMUG

 

European Collaboration Summit
May 28-30
Rheingold Halle
Mainz, Germany

The European Collaboration Summit (ECS) is the largest community-driven conference in Europe with a focus on Microsoft’s collaboration products stack, including Azure, Office 365, SharePoint, Exchange, Skype for Business and Project.

June

Visual Studio Live!
June 10-14
Hyatt Regency
Cambridge, MA

Visual Studio offers unbiased, practical developer training during an intense, hard-hitting week of education. Sharpen your Visual Studio, ASP.NET, .NET Core, JavaScript, Xamarin, and Database Analytics skills, and celebrate 25 years of coding innovation.

SQLSaturday
June 16
Microsoft Hellas
Athens, Greece

SQLSaturday is a free training event for Microsoft Data Platform professionals and those wanting to learn about SQL Server, Business Intelligence, and Analytics.

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July

Microsoft Inspire
July 15 – 19
Mandalay Bay Convention Center and T-Mobile Arena
Las Vegas, NV

Formerly known as the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Inspire is Microsoft’s partner community conference, and one of the biggest events in Microsoft’s calendar. Throughout Inspire, Partners gather to learn about product roadmaps for the upcoming year, network, share best practices, experience the latest product innovations, and learn new skills and techniques.

SQLSaturday
July 21
Indiana Wesleyan University
Louisville, KY

SQLSaturday is a free training event for Microsoft Data Platform professionals and those wanting to learn about SQL Server, Business Intelligence, and Analytics.

August

Visual Studio Live!
August 13-17
Microsoft Headquarters
Redmond, WA

Visual Studio offers unbiased, practical developer training during an intense, hard-hitting week of education. Sharpen your Visual Studio, ASP.NET, .NET Core, JavaScript, Xamarin, and Database Analytics skills, and celebrate 25 years of coding innovation.

SharePoint Fest
August 20-24
Washington State Convention Center
Seattle, WA

SharePoint Fest provides technical classes and workshops — taught by Microsoft Certified Trainers, Microsoft engineers, and Microsoft MVPs – covering Enterprise Content Management, Power Users, Social SharePoint, Business Value, Implementation/Administration, Office 365, Workflow, Business Intelligence, Special Topics and SharePoint Development.

SPTechCon
August 26-29
Sheraton Boston Hotel
Boston, MA

SPTechCon is a training, problem-solving, and networking event for those who are working with SharePoint, OneDrive, and Office 365.

Dynamics GP Tech Conference
August TBC
Microsoft Fargo Campus
Fargo, ND

Held at the Fargo Microsoft Campus – the birthplace of Microsoft Dynamics GP – the Dynamics GP Tech Conference is the only conference dedicated to the technical learning and educational opportunities of Microsoft Dynamics GP Partners. Expect dedicated networking opportunities, the chance to hear the latest Dynamics GP developments, and more.

September

Visual Studio Live!
September 17-21
Renaissance
Chicago, IL

Visual Studio offers unbiased, practical developer training during an intense, hard-hitting week of education. Sharpen your Visual Studio, ASP.NET, .NET Core, JavaScript, Xamarin, and Database Analytics skills, and celebrate 25 years of coding innovation.

Microsoft Ignite
September 24 – 28
Venue TBC
Orlando, FL

At Microsoft Ignite, IT professionals and developers can meet with technicians from around the world, engineers that built the products you use every day, and Microsoft partners. Learn where Microsoft’s enterprise tech is headed, what partners are doing, and how you can move your company forward.

Directions North America
September 30-October 3
Sheraton San Diego
San Diego, CA

The Directions North America conference is the Microsoft Dynamics event driven by Partners, for Partners. Designed to help organizations serving the SMB market, attendees can build new business contacts, learn about best practices, and discover valuable tools for execution and success.

October

D365UG/CRMUG Summit
October 15-18
Phoenix Convention Center
Phoenix, AZ

Hosted by Dynamic Communities, Summit offers Dynamics users the chance to share ideas and knowledge, and to power real-life growth between peers and experts in a lively, engaged environment.

IT/Dev Connections
October 15-18
Fairmont Dallas
Dallas, TX

IT/Dev Connections is a technical conference for IT professionals and developers looking for hands-on training. The event attracts professionals from companies of all sizes, ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to sole proprietorships. Attendees can expect four days of deep-dive workshops, technical training, and networking opportunities.

Directions EMEA
October 31-November 2
World Forum
The Hague, Netherlands

Directions EMEA is an independent conference for Microsoft Dynamics partners focusing on SMB customers. Organized for partners by partners, Directions EMEA brings together over 2000 attendees from Microsoft Dynamics Partners and ISV companies across Europe for three days of community knowledge sharing, networking and discovering new opportunities for future growth and collaboration.

November

PASS Summit 2018
November 6-9
Washington State Convention Center
Seattle, WA

Receive world-class, practical training on the latest technologies and services from global industry experts. During PASS, Microsoft provides access to product and engineering experts, with customer advisory teams on-hand to answer all your technical questions, provide support, and detail all the latest technological advances.

European SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure Conference
November 26-29
The Bella Center
Copenhagen, Denmark

SPC is Europe’s leading online community, providing educational resources and encouraging collaboration. This year ESPC will welcome over 2,000 SharePoint, Office 365 and Azure pros from around the world, host over 100 sessions, offer eight full-day tutorials, and present four thought-provoking keynotes.

December

Visual Studio Live!
December 2-7
Royal Pacific Resort
Orlando, FL

Visual Studio offers unbiased, practical developer training during an intense, hard-hitting week of education. Sharpen your Visual Studio, ASP.NET, .NET Core, JavaScript, Xamarin, and Database Analytics skills, and celebrate 25 years of coding innovation.

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