Microsoft extinguishes Chicago's flame for Ignite, rekindles the heat in Atlanta for late 2016

Microsoft has revealed that changes are underway for their forthcoming Ignite conference scheduled for 2016. The conference, which initially made its debut earlier this year in Chicago, will now be held in Atlanta. The date has also been pushed back, with the event occurring towards the end of September instead of May.

The above changes will prevent clashes with other Microsoft events, set to occur in the first half of the year. In 2015, we saw Microsoft hold its Build developer conference in the last week of April, followed by Ignite in the first week of May, causing a bit of strain for those involved due to the short periods of time in between events. This change should help to alleviate Microsoft's busy schedule of events that occur throughout the year. Although the reasoning behind the change in locale has not been revealed, McMormick Place located in Chicago (the events original location in May) has already been booked for the month of September by an unrelated group. Some reports are also suggesting that due to Chicago's infrastructure, Ignite would be better suited in an alternate location to support the large crowds.

Ignite will join Microsoft’s Convergence, WPC (Worldwide Partner Conference) and Build conferences in 2016, evenly distributed across the year. For those wishing to attend the event, more details are currently available on the official site, with an option to pre-register today.

Source: Microsoft via Petri

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