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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