Microsoft Management Summit to merge with TechEd 2014

Microsoft is cutting down the number of its conferences by one in 2014. The company announced that its Microsoft Management Summit will now be merged with its annual TechEd North America event, starting next year.

The company has held the MMS conference every year for over a decade, with the last one held this past spring in Las Vegas. In a post on Microsoft's official server blog, the company's vice-president of the server division Brad Anderson wrote that the conference tracks at MMS have started to become so broad over the years that they started to overlap with what was being covered at TechEd. He stated, "Our belief is that by combining the events we can substantively improve and expand the attendee experience."

Anderson added that merging the two conferences was not a cost-cutting decision by Microsoft, saying:

It’s true that TechEd is a massive event, and its scale will accommodate the MMS community in addition to adding great content of its own. I can promise you that MMS content, experts, and community will be alive and well in this new format within TechEd.

Registration for TechEd 2014 begins on November 5 and the event itself will be held in Houston May 12-15.

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I attended both conferences this year and I think this is a great move; there was a lot of overlap between the two.

I'm not a fan of this move. I won't deny the overlap but TechEd is already so packed that you can't possibly attend everything covering a specific subject. I think this will only add even more sessions to an already over-loaded schedule. I also wish Microsoft would evaluate the schedule and not have multiple sessions on the same subject occuring concurrently when possible (obviously for something as big as SharePoint there aren't enough session times for there to be no overlap). I am mostly speaking about the smaller subject matters like PowerShell, System Center, and Virtualization. It seemed like everytime I went to a PowerShell session, I was missing out on at least one other PowerShell session because they were overlapping.

jr.flynn said,
I'm not a fan of this move. I won't deny the overlap but TechEd is already so packed that you can't possibly attend everything covering a specific subject. I think this will only add even more sessions to an already over-loaded schedule. I also wish Microsoft would evaluate the schedule and not have multiple sessions on the same subject occuring concurrently when possible (obviously for something as big as SharePoint there aren't enough session times for there to be no overlap). I am mostly speaking about the smaller subject matters like PowerShell, System Center, and Virtualization. It seemed like everytime I went to a PowerShell session, I was missing out on at least one other PowerShell session because they were overlapping.

Aren't most of these sessions put online anyway not that long after these conferences are over?

Most of the big presentations are put online later but for my $3k, I would much rather have the interaction with the presentor where I can ask the people that develop these products a question directly. Also a presentation is one thing but the techincal deep dives and the birds of a feather sessions are not something to be missed and those are often overlooked when it comes to recording the sessions. I am not a swag junkie that only goes to these things to spend hours on the floor getting every free USB drive I can (I'm not accusing anyone here, but on the bus rides back to hotel you can clearly see the people that were far too busy at vendor booths to actually have attended sessions). I actually enjoy the prsentations from product teams and the previously mentioned sessions. Watching them later is no different than absorbing the information from the team blog, which why would should my company pay all that money for me to watch the sessions in my hotel room.

Edited by jr.flynn, Oct 7 2013, 3:42pm :