Could 2014 be the last year Microsoft holds a TechEd event?

Microsoft's TechEd events in the US and other parts of the world have been huge in the eyes of the IT industry since 1993. Microsoft has already announced that the North American TechEd event for 2014 will be held May 12-15 in Houston, Texas; the event will also merge content from the now shut down Microsoft Management Summit. The company is also scheduled to hold a European TechEd event in October but details have yet to be announced.

Now a new rumor claims that 2014 might be the last year Microsoft holds a TechEd conference. ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley, in posting a schedule of all of Microsoft's major conferences for 2014, states under the TechEd North American listing, "If the rumors are right, this year's TechEd may be the last."

In a Twitter exchange, Foley told us that she had briefly mentioned the rumor a couple of months ago on the Redmongmag.com site. Her sources are apparently not sure if a decision to do away from TechEd was budget related or if there were other reasons behind it.

We have contacted Microsoft to see if they have any comments on this report.

Source: ZDNet | Image via Microsoft

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

Snapchat to be updated following exposure of user accounts

Next Story

Vine profiles now accessible via browser

19 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

Not surprising. Microsoft doesnt care about business and IT anymore, theyre chasing iPad and app store delusions of grandeur

WhatTheSchmidt said,
Windows Server, SQL Server, Exchange Server, Office 365, Azure, and many more. Those are not iPad type products.

They will soon be though, there is already a Remote Desktop app for iPad, Ballmer promised Office for iPad after the Modern UI version for Windows 8 is complete and there many other Enterprise tools from Microsoft available on iOS such as Office 365, Yammer, OneNote, Skydrive, Outlook etc.

WhatTheSchmidt said,
Windows Server, SQL Server, Exchange Server, Office 365, Azure, and many more. Those are not iPad type products.

Of course Microsoft hasn't killed off existing product lines, but they have made it clear that they don't see Enterprise as their future. This is the reason they killed off TechNet (which was major to IT Pros serving the business market). Even looking at something classic like Exchange. Microsoft has essentially attempted to not promote on-premises Exchange as they are treating it almost like a legacy product.

Remember, they did say they were now a "Device and Services" company. This was to make a distinction from MS of old which was realistically a business (or Enterprise as they like to call it) company and the new direction.

Mr. Dee said,

They will soon be though, there is already a Remote Desktop app for iPad, Ballmer promised Office for iPad after the Modern UI version for Windows 8 is complete and there many other Enterprise tools from Microsoft available on iOS such as Office 365, Yammer, OneNote, Skydrive, Outlook etc.

Making tablet versions of Office makes sense, but if you think they will make a tablet version of Azure, SQL server, etc. then you are very wrong. They may make a version that allows you to create a farm of tens of thousands of tablet computers and they act as a hive to run a SQL server, but there will not be a SQL Server Enterprise that runs on one single tablet.

That is unless the ARM CPU becomes as powerful as a Xenon CPU.

LogicalApex said,

Of course Microsoft hasn't killed off existing product lines, but they have made it clear that they don't see Enterprise as their future. This is the reason they killed off TechNet (which was major to IT Pros serving the business market). Even looking at something classic like Exchange. Microsoft has essentially attempted to not promote on-premises Exchange as they are treating it almost like a legacy product.

Remember, they did say they were now a "Device and Services" company. This was to make a distinction from MS of old which was realistically a business (or Enterprise as they like to call it) company and the new direction.

They released Azure within the past 3 years, just shortly before Surface was released. They released Office 365 within the past 2.5 years. They reengineered SQL to run on Azure, same with Office and Exchange. They modified WinServer to become Azure. They are actively creating and enhancing their enterprise tools and systems to support the desktop and mobile devices.

They are actively making it easier for the Enterprise while working to get into the consumer market.

WhatTheSchmidt said,

They released Azure within the past 3 years, just shortly before Surface was released. They released Office 365 within the past 2.5 years. They reengineered SQL to run on Azure, same with Office and Exchange. They modified WinServer to become Azure. They are actively creating and enhancing their enterprise tools and systems to support the desktop and mobile devices.

They are actively making it easier for the Enterprise while working to get into the consumer market.

Yes, Microsoft is attempting to pull everything into a service based model. This is good for Microsoft as it will lead to mandatory subscription based licensing from their business customers while preventing them from staying put. The more stuff MS locks into Azure the easier it is for them to abandon the Enterprise market without foregoing the revenue it generates.

I feel MS is aiming to push its Enterprise base in a way toward what IBM has done. They want their future to be a lot more like Apple. I agree with their business analysts that there is massive growth there. I don't agree with the MS executive team that they can get their company there without serious re-branding. Sadly, that is a topic too wordy for the comment section.

They are growing their cloud systems while still growing their on site systems. They did not freeze at Windows or SQL Server 2012, they released Win Server 2012 R2 and SQL 2014. They sell a boxed version of Office along side the cloud version. They released Exchange Server 2013.

Just because they did not invent some new, non-cloud based enterprise server or app to release last year does not mean they are dropping the business. There are too many businesses that rely upon on premises software and cannot move into the cloud.

WhatTheSchmidt said,

Making tablet versions of Office makes sense, but if you think they will make a tablet version of Azure, SQL server, etc. then you are very wrong. They may make a version that allows you to create a farm of tens of thousands of tablet computers and they act as a hive to run a SQL server, but there will not be a SQL Server Enterprise that runs on one single tablet.

That is unless the ARM CPU becomes as powerful as a Xenon CPU.

Windows Azure and SQL Server are normally not consumer facing products either on Windows. An Enterprise business (client side) is not gonna be working with Azure. If you are a IT Pro though needing the utility it provides for hosting data, then it will be important.

ardenx said,
Not surprising. Microsoft doesnt care about business and IT anymore, theyre chasing iPad and app store delusions of grandeur

You are right, the iPad and app store are delusions of grandeur, I don't know why it's a success.

Mr. Dee said,

Windows Azure and SQL Server are normally not consumer facing products either on Windows. An Enterprise business (client side) is not gonna be working with Azure. If you are a IT Pro though needing the utility it provides for hosting data, then it will be important.

The original comment stated:

Microsoft doesnt care about business and IT anymore

I give examples where they are upgrading and releasing new tools for business and IT. So I am not sure where your disagreement is.

Tech Ed was not one single event, it was many, all over the world, over a few days.

I think it is more likely it will be slimmed down and/or reworked, than scrapped altogether.

ccoltmanm said,
I doubt it will go away. They need to attract developers more than ever.

Build is for Developers. TechEd is for IT Pros.

ccoltmanm said,
I doubt it will go away. They need to attract developers more than ever.

BUILD is for developers. TechEd is more for IT Pros.

ccoltmanm said,
I doubt it will go away. They need to attract developers more than ever.

Build is for developers. TechEd is more for IT Pros.